Books by Deborah Halverson

BIG MOUTH by Deborah Halverson
Released: June 10, 2008

This comic romp about eating disorders provides more bodily functions than functional solutions. Fourteen-year-old Shermie Thuff aims to become a world-famous competitive eater with the slogan, "Are YOU Thuff Enuff?" The problem is, he can only eat (at most) 18 hot dogs—and not quickly enough—and he always vomits afterwards, an event Halverson describes graphically. A friend suggests that Shermie lose his "Belt of Fat," so he hires wrestler Gardo as his weight-loss coach. Together, the two starve and drastically dehydrate themselves, Shermie balking only when Gardo spits into a cup all day long to expel fluids. School-sponsor Del Heiny Ketchup permits only "ketchup-dunkable" foods in the cafeteria; a campy guerrilla counter-campaign for mustard keeps the tone casual, but the bingeing and purging are severe. Shermie's desire to eat competitively never quite rings true, while Halverson's facile solutions for eating disorders are oversimplified. This puke-focused foodie offering will please mostly the gross-out crowd. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-14)Read full book review >
HONK IF YOU HATE ME by Deborah Halverson
Released: July 10, 2007

Monalisa Kent is probably the least popular person in small Muessa Junction. When she was just six years old, she accidentally set fire to the futon factory where her father, like most of the town, worked. Each anniversary of the fire, the vultures from the press come to interview Mr. Kent, the hero who saved Mona and her playmate from the fire. As town pariah, she begins collecting bumper stickers, and using them for "poetry raids." She embraces her outsider status by dying her hair blue and being sullen. She hates the notoriety, with her emotions for those surrounding her a roiling mass of confusion. Eventually, Monalisa finds that events are not what they always seem to be, nor are memories all that reliable, and things end with an uneasy peace between the characters. The middle of the narrative drags a bit, and efforts to make most of the characters eccentric slow things down, but multiple surprises (not all believable) at the end may grab the reader's attention. (Fiction. 12-14)Read full book review >