Tales of the Madman Underground

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Paperback. Pub the Date: January. 2011 Pages: 532 in Publisher: Penguin Group. (USA) Incorporated. Wednesday September 5. 1973: of The first day of Karl Shoemaker.'s senior year in stifling Lightsburg. Ohio. For years. Karl's been part of what he calls the Madman Underground - a group of kids forced (for no apparent reason) to attend group therapy during school hours. Karl has decided that senior year is going to be different. He is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good. He is going to act - and be - Normal. But Normal. of course. is relative. Karl has five after-school jobs. one dead father. one seriously unhinged drunk mother ... and a huge attitude. Welcome to a gritty. uncensored rollercoaster ride. narrated by the singular Karl Shoemaker.

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"The Catcher in the Rye meets On the Road"*-The Printz Honor book is a classic in the making!
September 1973: The beginning of Karl Shoemaker's senior year in stifling Lightsburg, Ohio. For years, Karl's been part of "the Madman Underground"- kids forced to attend group therapy during school. Karl has decided that he is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good. He is going to act-and be-Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative. Karl has two after-school jobs, one dead father, one seriously unhinged drunk mother . . . and a huge attitude. Welcome to a gritty, uncensored rollercoaster ride, narrated by the singular Karl Shoemaker.
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"Darkly comic . . . as troubled, relevant, relatable and hilarious as J.D. Salinger." -Los Angeles Times

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