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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.

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A mystery-thriller set against the backdrop of high school football and the criminal underworld. A reporters job is to find the missing pieces, and the high school journalist Mitch True is on the verge of uncovering those pieces and nailing his first real story. If only he can get the cornerback Angel Marichal to talk. Or Coach McNulty to explain why he never allows Angels obvious talent—his speed and strength—to shine on the field. What is Angels secret? And who profits from keeping the truth hidden? In a thriller both thought-provoking and suspenseful, the award-winning author Carl Deuker shows how investigating someone elses life can lead to very unexpected discoveries.

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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.

About the Author

Carl Deuker participated in several sports as a boy. He was good enough to make most teams, but not quite good enough to play much. He describes himself as a classic second-stringer. "I was too slow and too short for basketball; I was too small for football, a little too chicken to hang in there against the best fastballs. So, by my senior year the only sport I was still playing was golf." Carl still loves playing golf early on Sunday mornings at Jefferson Park in Seattle, the course on which Fred Couples learned to play. His handicap at present is 13. Combining his enthusiasm for both writing and athletics, Carl has created many exciting, award-winning novels for young adults. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780439697347
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Author:
Coy, John
Author:
Deuker, Carl
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
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120228
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in
Age Level:
12-17

Related Subjects

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Children's » Sports and Outdoors » Sports Fiction » Football
Children's » Sports and Outdoors » Sports Fiction » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Young Adult » General

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"Synopsis" by ,
A mystery-thriller set against the backdrop of high school football and the criminal underworld. A reporters job is to find the missing pieces, and the high school journalist Mitch True is on the verge of uncovering those pieces and nailing his first real story. If only he can get the cornerback Angel Marichal to talk. Or Coach McNulty to explain why he never allows Angels obvious talent—his speed and strength—to shine on the field. What is Angels secret? And who profits from keeping the truth hidden? In a thriller both thought-provoking and suspenseful, the award-winning author Carl Deuker shows how investigating someone elses life can lead to very unexpected discoveries.
"Synopsis" by ,
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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