Tales of the Madman Underground

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Penguin, Jun 25, 2009 - Young Adult Fiction - 544 pages
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Wednesday, September 5, 1973: 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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User Review  - Rosa.Mill - LibraryThing

This is such a long book I didn't think I would get through it so quickly but Karl was such an engaging narrator I just had to know what was going to happen next. Karl is starting his senior year in ... Read full review

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User Review  - CSTaylor24 - LibraryThing

An interesting look at the lives of a group of unique teens through the eyes of Karl Shoemaker. Everyone has issues, these kids just have more than most. But it is fascinating to see how friendships ... Read full review

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The Year of Being Normal
How the Most Expensive Pizza of My Life Resulted in Delayed Gratzification
Eight Madmen the Biggest Asshole in Ohio and One Very Normal
How to Get Your Very Own Madman Nickname
Normal Guys Walk with Pretty Girls Who Giggle
A Word from My Sponsor
An Afternoon Down the Toilet
In Their Backseats or at McDonalds the Madmen Sleep Tonight
That Son Was the Lone Madman
The Value of Anything
Tonto Joins the AllFaggot Midnight Softball League
Tales the Madmen Never Tell
You Cant Throw Away a Great Deal Like That

Tales of the Madman Underground
Dont Be an Asshole Explained in EasytoUnderstand Terms
Cussing a Blue Streak Does Not Work on Goddam Ghoul Bastards
I Was a ThirdGrade Communist
Two Stooges Short of an
Paradise Lost Bedshitter Found Paradise Regained
The Long End of the Stick Isnt So Hot Either
How Uncle Al Became My Favorite Hollering Asshole and Vice
I Love the McDonalds Crowd I Always Feel Like Im Coming

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About the author (2009)

This is the acclaimed novelist John Barnes's first book for teenagers.

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