Publisher description for Tales of the Madman Underground : (an historical romance 1973) / John Barnes.


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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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Emotional problems -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Alcoholism -- Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and sons -- Juvenile fiction.
High schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Ohio -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.
Emotional problems -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Alcoholism -- Fiction.
Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Ohio -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.