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Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator

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Publisher Comments:

Guy Langman can't be bothered with much. But when his friend Anoop wants Guy to join the forensics club with him in the (possibly misguided) hopes of impressing some girls, Guy thinks why not.

They certainly aren't expecting to find a real dead body on the simulated crime scene they're assigned to collect evidence from. But after some girlish, undignified screaming, the two realize it is indeed a body. Which means they have stumbled across a real, dead murder victim.

Meanwhile, Guy has been looking into the past of his father—a larger-than-life character who recently passed away. He was much older than Guy's mom, and had a whole past Guy never even knew about. Could his father's past and the dead body be linked? Does Guy want to know? He's going to need all his newfound forensics skills to find out . . .

Review:

"Berk (The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin) is back with another irreverent mixture of wisecracking humor, teenage insecurity, and the occasional corpse. When underachieving class clown Guy Langman joins his school's forensics club, it's both to help deal him with the death of his father and to meet girls. Unfortunately, his plan to get closer to the lovely Raquel Flores fails when she falls for his best friend, Anoop. Guy throws himself into the lesson plan, mastering the art of fingerprinting and using his knowledge to pry into the mysteries of his father's checkered past. Then, during a forensics competition, he finds a real dead body. Convinced that recent events tie into one another, Guy tries to get to the heart of the matter, with help from the rest of the club. A somewhat thin and disjointed plot is balanced by many laugh-out-loud moments and entertaining interactions between characters, especially Guy's banter with fellow club member Maureen. Berk has keen talent for characterization and fine insights into the teenage mind. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Ted Malawer, Upstart Crow Literary. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

JOSH BERK is the author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two children, and is a children's services librarian at the Allentown Public Library.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375857010
Author:
Berk, Josh
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.49 x 5.92 x 0.93 in 0.78 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 240 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375857010 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Berk (The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin) is back with another irreverent mixture of wisecracking humor, teenage insecurity, and the occasional corpse. When underachieving class clown Guy Langman joins his school's forensics club, it's both to help deal him with the death of his father and to meet girls. Unfortunately, his plan to get closer to the lovely Raquel Flores fails when she falls for his best friend, Anoop. Guy throws himself into the lesson plan, mastering the art of fingerprinting and using his knowledge to pry into the mysteries of his father's checkered past. Then, during a forensics competition, he finds a real dead body. Convinced that recent events tie into one another, Guy tries to get to the heart of the matter, with help from the rest of the club. A somewhat thin and disjointed plot is balanced by many laugh-out-loud moments and entertaining interactions between characters, especially Guy's banter with fellow club member Maureen. Berk has keen talent for characterization and fine insights into the teenage mind. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Ted Malawer, Upstart Crow Literary. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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