Tales of the Madman Underground
"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.... show more
"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. *The Horn Book
Publish date: January 6th 2011
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, High School
Acknowledge how he is messed up but not as messed up as much as he thinks… the fact is most everyone in this is messed up. With his super super lady of a mother who likes to get her drink on, Karl is taking care of things despite issues that are shadowed by one unfortunate bunny incident. It’s that ...
Don't know what to make of this book. Picaresque very long story of a week in the life of a recovering-alcoholic and non-recovering-codependent boy in 1973. There's a lot of material about _The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn_ and the n-word, so that makes me think John Barnes is saying that because ...
This is Karl's story, summed up in one week that might be the turning point for him. Since his father died of cancer, his mother has turned into a paranoid alcoholic that hoards cats and steals Karl's money to buy drugs. The Madman Underground of the title is his therapy group at school, a group of ...
This book is a real melting pot of emotions. It reminded me very much of another favourite of mine - Sorta Like a Rock Star - in the way it created such a detailed, sad and often amusing picture of a teenager's life and how it pretty much just sucks a lot of the time.I like teen problem novels that ...