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Through the eyes of a distinctly non-athletic protagonist — a fat high school journalist named Mitch — veteran sports novelist Deuker reveals the surprising truth behind a mysterious football player named Angel.  When Angel shows up Lincoln High, he seems to have no past — or at least not one he is willing to discuss.  Though Mitch gets a glimpse of Angel's incredible talent off the field, Angel rarely allows himself to shine on the field.  Is he an undercover cop, wonders Mitch?  Or  an ineligible player?  In pursuit of a killer story, Mitch decides to find out just who this player is and what he's done.  In the end, the truth — and what Mitch does with it — surprises everyone.

Synopsis:

In his gripping debut novel, acclaimed picture book author John Coy presents the high stakes world of high school football, where doing what it takes to win doesn't always mean doing the right thing.

When Miles Manning, a successful high school football player, discovers his teammates are using steroids--and one of them is his best friend--he's faced with a tough decision: Is he willing to do what it takes to win? Football is his life, and his family, especially his dad, is pinning its hopes on him. It's a lot of pressure for a high school junior to bear. This gripping look into the world of high school boys and athletes--and their struggle to be the best--is provocative and searingly honest.

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Through the eyes of a distinctly non-athletic protagonist — a fat high school journalist named Mitch — veteran sports novelist Deuker reveals the surprising truth behind a mysterious football player named Angel.  When Angel shows up Lincoln High, he seems to have no past — or at least not one he is willing to discuss.  Though Mitch gets a glimpse of Angel's incredible talent off the field, Angel rarely allows himself to shine on the field.  Is he an undercover cop, wonders Mitch?  Or  an ineligible player?  In pursuit of a killer story, Mitch decides to find out just who this player is and what he's done.  In the end, the truth — and what Mitch does with it — surprises everyone.
"The game action alone is riveting even for readers who dont know a naked bootleg from a hook-and-ladder play, but Deuker enriches the tale with several welltuned subplots and a memorable narrator/protagonist who turns a corner on his own self-image while weathering brutal tests of his courage and determination. Definitely one for the top shelf."Booklist, starred review

"Told in the first person, the story is initially funny, but the humor is soon eclipsed by the suspenseful plot and the copious play-by-play football action. These elements work together to create a rousing climax, which is then followed by a softer and more reflective denouement. Nicely played. "Kirkus Reviews

"Deuker has crafted another entertaining and readable football story. The game descriptions are well done and will appeal to players and fans. Many teens who dreamed of being a star as children but don't make the team in high school will identify with Mitch." School Library Journal

"A strong football story with nail-biting action and intrigue and a strong, appealing protagonist."VOYA

"It's a solid Cooneyesque mystery/thriller, though, with enough straight-up gridiron action to draw a crowd, and it won't take much booktalking to sell middle-schoolers on this title."The Bulletin

Gym Candy

An IRA 2009 Young Adult Choice

Texas Lone Star 2009 list

 
"Riveting" The Bulletin

"An eye-opening recommendation to all budding athletes." VOYA

"A superb sports novel with no easy resolutions."  Kirkus Reviews
 
Runner

A Booklist Top Ten Sports Book

A VOYA  Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers

Nominated as YA book of the Year in Texas

 
"Deuker fans won't be disappointed."The Bulletin

 
"Suspenseful and involving. . . . Chance's dilemmas will quickly draw in readers and keep them turning the pages." Kliatt
 
"Sinister goings-on, a murder, last minute heroism, and a new life rich with possibility make this a satisfying read." Kirkus Reviews
 
 
High Heat

A Booksense 76 Pick

A Booklist Top 10 Youth Sports Book

Winner of the Golden Sower Award
 
"High Heat joins the Deuker canon with yet another fine study of a conflicted soul whose ethical salvation is determined in a sporting arena." The Bulletin
 
"Good baseball books are in short supply for teens; do not let this one slip past." VOYA

 
Night Hoops

An ALA Best Book

 
(star)  "An excellent novel." School Library Journal
 
"Deuker adds further luster to his reputation for top-flight sports writing matched to uncommonly perceptive coming-of-age stories." Kirkus Reviews
 
Heart of a Champion

YA book of the Year in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Tennessee.  Paperback edition available from Little, Brown.

Painting the Black

A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Winner

An ALA Best Book

(star)  "It ain't pretty, but it's real." TheBulletin

"The well-written sports scenes will draw readers, but it is Ryan's moral courage that will linger when the reading is done." Booklist
 
Carl Deuker is widely considered a "premier author of provocative YA sports novels" includingGym Candy,named a Texas Lone Star title, andRunner,a Booklist Top 10 Sports Book.  His characters are high school athletes with differing abilities, ambitions, and psychological baggage, but their stories all unfold within the sports that they choose to play. Far from being just a hinge upon which to hang a plot, sports in Deuker's novels serve as a central metaphor for the complicated process of growing up. He lives in Seattle, WA, with his wife and daughter. www.membersauthorsguild.net/carldeuker

Product Details

ISBN:
9780439697347
Author:
Coy, John
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Author:
Deuker, Carl
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Football
Subject:
Situations / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Football
Subject:
Football players
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-Football
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in
Age Level:
12-17

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In his gripping debut novel, acclaimed picture book author John Coy presents the high stakes world of high school football, where doing what it takes to win doesn't always mean doing the right thing.

When Miles Manning, a successful high school football player, discovers his teammates are using steroids--and one of them is his best friend--he's faced with a tough decision: Is he willing to do what it takes to win? Football is his life, and his family, especially his dad, is pinning its hopes on him. It's a lot of pressure for a high school junior to bear. This gripping look into the world of high school boys and athletes--and their struggle to be the best--is provocative and searingly honest.

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