Dark Origins: Herr Graden Book 1 by Bill Hargenrader is very difficult to read as a parent. As the novel begins, thirteen-year-old Hans is waiting in the school nurse office for his mom to arrive and give him an insulin shot. He doesn’t like to do it himself and he has a problem with anyone else, such as the school nurse, giving Hans the shot. Hans waits for hours but mom doesn’t show up as she died in a traffic accident.