Will Halpin, the central character in Josh Berk's debut novel The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
, is a perfect example of an unreliable narrator for one simple reason: he's deaf. The reader literally hears only what Will hears - or more accurately, we only read what he lip-reads - and he misses words here and there. For instance, this is what Will lip-reads from his history teacher one day: "How did you (something something
) the reading? Was there anything (something something
) found interesting? Didn't any of you (something
) the reading at all?" Will misses a lot. But Josh Berk does an amazing job of making Will immediately likeable anyway. He is witty, smart, self-deprecating in an endearing way, and he has just made the choice to switch from attending a deaf school to his local public school. The combination of these traits and the vulnerability of his...
Beyond the Book
Shortly after Will and Devon begin investigating the mysterious death of their high school quarterback, they name themselves the Hardy Boys. Here they are texting as they create this new identity:
Smiley_Man3000: With all the inside info I get from my dad and your big brain, we can solve this Chambers thing!
HamburgerHalpin: what r we? The freakin' hardy boys?
Smiley_Man3000: Yeah! I'll be Frank. I think he was the one with the dark hair.
HamburgerHalpin: good. u b frank. now which one was the fat one?
The Hardy Boys mystery series was created in 1926 by Edward...