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Tales of the Madman Underground

(an Historical Romance 1973)
Barnes, John (Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Tales of the Madman Underground
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In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his volatile, alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.
Authors: Barnes, John, 1957-
Title: Tales of the Madman Underground
(an historical romance 1973)
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
Characteristics: 532 p. ; 22 cm
Summary: In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his volatile, alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.
Awards & Distinctions: Michael L. Printz Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2010
ISBN: 067006081X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bar
Statement of Responsibility: John Barnes
Study Program: Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 5.9 20
Subject Headings: Ohio Fiction Schools Fiction High schools Fiction Mothers and sons Fiction Alcoholism Fiction Friendship Fiction Emotions in adolescence Fiction Coming of age Fiction
Topical Term: Schools
High schools
Mothers and sons
Alcoholism
Friendship
Emotions in adolescence
Coming of age
LCCN: 2009011072
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Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tales of the Madman Underground is not the feel-good read of this or any other year, and yet I am completely enchanted with its accuracy of teenage desperation. It fills me with hope to see how author John Barnes has so succinctly summed up the powerlessness and determination of youth.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/tales_of_the_madman_underground_barnes

Dec 10, 2012
  • hanstra rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

SO powerful. Really combined a lot of issues and topics very nicely- home life, the 70's, school, work, friendship, emotional issues- EVERTHING, really. Sweet and bitter and funny and sad all mixed together, which made it a rare and perfect "real" story. Just amazing. Certainly have to check out the author's other books now.

PS- would recommend "Please Ignore Vera Dietz" if you liked this book.

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