Search Results: "Carl Deuker"


BOOK REVIEW

PAYBACK TIME by Carl Deuker
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Nicely played. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
After losing the election for editor, Mitch True, an overweight aspiring journalist, is assigned to be the sports reporter for his high-school paper. Read full book review >

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GUTLESS by Carl Deuker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Adding layers of complexity to the interactions of athletes, this sports novel set in Seattle offers a twofer: football and soccer. Read full book review >

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RUNNER by Carl Deuker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 2, 2005

"11 tale of terrorism on the Puget Sound. (Fiction. 11+)"
Seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor lives on a sailboat at the marina. Read full book review >

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PAINTING THE BLACK by Carl Deuker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Deuker, adept at capturing the thrills during the game, also proves talented at dramatizing Ryan's torment in the face of his friend's deeds; the depiction of a boy coming into his own is resonant and inspiring. (Fiction. 12+)"
For Ryan Ward, 17, the baseball diamond leads to much more than just a winning season in this exciting and moving novel from Deuker (Heart of a Champion, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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GYM CANDY by Carl Deuker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 3, 2007

"A superb sports novel with no easy resolutions and a good match with Robert Lipsyte's Raiders Night (2006). (Fiction. 12-15)"
Mick Johnson wants to be a star running back. Read full book review >

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HEART OF A CHAMPION by Carl Deuker
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"Covering well worked thematic territory, Deuker offers readers few surprises in this outing, but the baseball action is believable and the contrasts between several sets of characters are thoughtfully explored. (Fiction. 12-14)"
From the author of On the Devil's Court (1989), another story in which sports and life intertwine. Read full book review >

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NIGHT HOOPS by Carl Deuker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2000

"Deuker adds further luster to his reputation for top-flight sportswriting matched to uncommonly perceptive coming-of-age stories. (Fiction. 1115)"
Deuker (Painting the Black, 1997) weaves wide bands of fastbreak, pulse-pounding basketball action into this piercing exploration of family loyalties and parental failure. Read full book review >

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SCAT by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Hiaasen's third outing for young readers might be a little slow in pacing and the character types might be recognizable to experienced readers, but fans of Hoot and Flush (2002, 2005) will not be disappointed by this funny, believable, environmentally friendly tween thriller. (Thriller. 10-15)"
During a field trip to Black Vine Swamp, a suspicious "wildfire" breaks out, and much-feared and -reviled science teacher Mrs. Starch vanishes. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE DECEIVING DON by Carl Brookins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2008

"Brookins (Bloody Halls, 2008, etc.) makes the case a cluttered, low-energy affair that fizzles out instead of winding up. On the plus side, there is a distinctly original motive for Don Molinaro's demise."
A Twin Cities private eye investigates when a resident of the retirement home across the street is murdered. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A must-read for any parent frustrated or heartbroken over their child's difficulties striking out on their own."
Parenting expert and therapist Pickhardt (Why Good Kids Act Cruel: The Hidden Truth About the Pre-Teen Years, 2010, etc.) tackles the issue of recently graduated students failing in the "real world" and provides suggestions on how concerned parents can help. Read full book review >