Bigger, Faster, Stronger--that's what Mick Johnson needs to become if he's to fulfill his dream of becoming a star running back not just in high school, but in college and beyond. But how does a person keep getting bigger, stronger, and faster?
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Seahawks! Wow! What a game.
Cal Bears basketball is improving. Mike Montgomery is a terrific coach. My prediction: they will be the first team to beat Arizona this year. I hope so . . . I've got tickets.
Hey, look at my prediction. Honest, it's been here all along! I even forgot I made it. Great game in Berkeley. Both teams played solidly from beginning to end, and Justin Cobbs final shot was unreal. Go Bears!
I finished the final edit of SWAGGER. It now goes to copy editing and then back to me, but all the changes are minor. The book will be out in April or May.
Dear Mr. Deuker,
My name is Jared and I am a 14 year old 8th grade student at New Mark Middle School. Over the past couple of years I have read some of your books such as High Heat, Heart of a Champion, and Painting the Black. That is why I was so excited when at school I was able to read your book Gym Candy for an assignment.
After reading it I realized why I liked your books so much, the sports. As a huge sports fan and athlete, I am always able to relate to what the main character is going through. I never find myself confused or bored which is vital in reading a good book. I always saw in my head oh yeah, or that’s right, or wow I didn’t know that because it gives a sports lover a unlimited amount of sports in life.
Another part of your books I like so much was the unexpected twists of the book. I love how just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you put a mega twist that just opens my eyes up. It brings an element of surprise to the reader and makes me never want to put it down, therefore reading it all in practically one sitting. I look forward to reading your other books for that reason.
In conclusion, I would just like to say keep writing about sports with the element of surprise. It opens a great door between peoples love for sports and reading books. This gives non-book readers maybe a reason to read.
Hi Mr Deuker,
I just finished the book runner and i couldnt have been more satisfied! Your book uses a great amount of Forshadowing and i love being able to think about what could happen next! It took me 2 days to read ur book and im not usually a big reader. I have a couple quetions about the book though. Ok, Did chase and mellisa ever have a realtionship because u " showed" sign that he liked her. But i like how u just didnt say, Chase liked mellisa. Anyway, I have 2 more. Is there going to be a sequal cause id loved to read it. And finnaly, didnt Chase request a raise from the fat guy,but i never quite knew if he got the raise. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Ur book was amazing!
Dear Mr. Deuker: I am in eighth grade at Bedford Junior High, which is in southeastern Michigan. I play baseball and I like the Detroit Tigers. I read your book High Heat. It was such a good book I read it in three days. What caught my eye about the book were the title, the cover, the genre, and the subject. I liked how Shane was a baseball player that had to overcome tragedy in the book. My favorite part was when he got the scholarship to Portland University because he had no money after his dad was arrested and committed suicide. He had to live in a duplex and he quit baseball because of the stress. To be able to come back and play well enough to get into a major college with a scholarship is cool. It was nice that the coach came to his house to tell him. “‘I’m not going to beat around the bush, Shane. I’d like you to come to the University of Portland next year and pitch for us’” (340). I could connect to the plot because I have a younger sister that’s smart. My sister is a straight A’s student. “Marian is five years younger than me, but she’s smart, so I couldn’t bluff her” (12). I also just switched from a private school to a public school. I could understand what was going on with him. I felt a connection to Shane because Shorelake was a lot different than Whitman, like Bedford is different than my old school. I learned perseverance and to always work hard from reading this book. Shane learned this too. This means if you have a tragedy like Shane don’t give up. His aunt said, “‘It must seem like the world is over for you right now, Shane,’ she said, ‘but it isn’t. Time doesn’t stop. You’ve got to go on with your own life, or it’ll pass you by.” (48). This quote is what Shane learned in the book. When she said this he was upset with her, but he finally listened to her and was able to play baseball again. I am glad I read the book because it shows you can still do what you want after tragedy. I would recommend this book to any baseball fan age 12 or up. I have a few questions for you. How long did it take to write the final copy of High Heat beginning to end? How many drafts did it take you? Thanks for your time. Sincerely, Jack
Thank you, Nebraska readers, for choosing High Heat as your Golden Sower Award winner. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! CARL
Night Hoops is out in a new edition with excellent paper and print quality. Many thanks to Graphia for the fine work.
Dear Carl Deuker,
Hello, I am Mason from Iowa. I attend. High School and I’m in eighth grade and am writing you a letter about the book Heart of a Champion. I love all types of sports and your books are my favorite. I play basketball, football, and golf. I don’t play baseball so it was a little strange reading your book.
This book is really captivating just like all of your other novels you have written. I love the way you use all the characters to inspire each other whether those things are good or bad. Seth really turns up his baseball game as well as growing as a person, he learns from his mistakes. It makes him seem like the way his dad would have raised him if he hadn’t died. I think you used Jimmy’s death as a major point to readers of this book that if you put your safety on the line for having fun with your friends. You can have a way bigger cause if you make wrong choices or you stay out of trouble if you don’t make wrong choices.
I have a couple questions for you. I’ve read almost all of your books and was wondering why you always write about sports? Have you been through an experience like this book? I love all your books; Thank you for your time! ☺
Dear Mr. Deuker: Hi, I am an eighth grader at Bedford Junior High School in Temperance, Michigan. I play four sports. They are basketball, baseball, golf, and tennis. My favorite athletic teams include, the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and University of Michigan. I read your book On the Devil’s Court in my English class and really liked it. My teacher recommended this book to me because the minute she met me she knew it was the right book for me. This is one of my favorite books because it was interesting and kept me wanting to read it all night. My favorite part of the story is when Joe is in the old gym and the mist rolls in, then he sells his soul to the devil. I liked it because it set up the main conflict of the book. It also tells the reader what he is thinking about when it is happening. I think that it is cool. In one part of the book it says, “Then an eerie thought came to me [Joe], the mist somehow held the devil” (119). Those words really make me think about what is happening. I thought, wow, he has just sold his soul to the devil. That seems crazy. I connected to this book because I love to play basketball. I play it more than I do anything else, for fun at least. This is the best book about basketball I have ever read because it relates to life and basketball. In the book, Joe is a good basketball player and when Ross asks him, “Hey you want to play?”(14), he is very excited. I have always loved to be invited to play a game. It makes me feel as if I have accomplished something good. Joe was probably feeling that way too. There are many things I learned from this book. First, never sell your soul to the devil. Second, chose your friends carefully because if you have bad friends you will be put in bad situations. Last, have a good relationship with your parents because they will help you through the hardest times of your life. A place where I learned about hanging out with good friends is when Joe and Ross are at the golf course and Joe says, “’This is stupid we’re going to get caught’” (21). Joe makes his own decision, not the one Ross makes. I am glad that I read this book because it was very good and it lured me into it because with every chapter, it became more and more interesting. This book would be good for any teenage basketball player who has a passion for the game. A question I have is what inspired you to write this book? Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to read my letter. Sincerely, Adam