My Darling, My Hamburger takes place in the 1960s in a waterfront community much like Zindel's own Staten Island, but the setting is...

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Literary Qualities

For a short novel, My Darling, My Hamburger has a complex narrative perspective. Notes, letters, a short story by Sean, and other bits...

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Social Sensitivity

While My Darling, My Hamburger features positive adult characters in Mrs. Tobin and the Holowitzes, the general picture of adults is a...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

DiGaetani, John L. “Paul Zindel.” In A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights, edited by DiGaetani. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Forman, Jack Jacob. Presenting Paul Zindel. Boston: Twayne, 1988.

Megyeri, Kathy A. “Paul Zindel.” English Journal 93 (November, 2003): 12-13.

Rees, David. The Marble in the Water: Essays on Contemporary Writers of Fiction for Children and Young Adults. Boston: Horn Book Press. 1980.

Smith, Grant T. “The Pigman’s Story: Teaching Paul Zindel in the 21st Century.” In...

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Topics for Discussion

1. While the Tobins love Maggie and the Holowitzes love Dennis, both adolescents have some difficulties with their families. What are the...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Unwanted pregnancies remain a major problem in the United States, despite several means of birth control. Why is this the case? Why are...

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Related Titles / Adaptations

Several of Zindel's novels resemble My Darling, My Hamburger. In terms of narrative technique, most of Zindel's novels show...

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For Further Reference

Commire, Anne, ed. Something about the Author. Detroit: Gale Research, 1979. Presents Zindel's views of his life and work.


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