Witty and laugh-out-loud funny at times, The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin is a refreshing read. The story is told from the point of the view of the deaf main character, providing a unique perspective. Issues regarding politics and challenges of those in the hearing-impaired community are thought-provoking and discussion-worthy. Will has a sarcastic sense of humor and is immensely likable. A main character dies partway through the story and it is determined that he was murdered. Language is somewhat strong (d-mn it, h-ll, cr-p, sh-t, godd-mn) but not overly frequent. Sex is referenced and it is discovered that a teacher had a sexual relationship with a student. Teen pregnancy is important to the storyline, and abortion is alluded to. Not just a murder mystery, this story addresses much more, including bullying, making friends, adjusting to a new school, and typical boy/girl dating issues.