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Carl Deuker Now

Books I've recently finished.

Carl's bookshelf: read

The Old Wives' Tale

The Good Earth

The Abysmal Brute

Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health

Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism

Ann Veronica

Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine

The Dog who Came in from the Cold

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Can You Forgive Her?

Carl's favorite books

Carl Deuker Then

Awards Won

On the Devil's Court: YA Book of the Year--South Carolina
Heart of a Champion: YA Book of the Year--Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Nebraska
Night Hoops: YA Book of the Year--Nebraska
High Heat: YA Book of the Year--Nebraska
Gym Candy: 2010 Popular Paperback for Young Adults (ALA list)

Nominations in many other states.

Carl Deuker in 1955, with Patty, at 2404 E. Sergeant Street, Philadelphia, PA, the home of his grandparents Maggy and Joe Milligan.

Carl Deuker with his daughter Marian in 2002. Marian is now a senior in college at a small school in Massachusetts.

Carl Deuker spent many cold Friday nights at Candlestick Park watching Juan Marichal, the Dominican Dandy, one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

The author authoring!


THE BOOK TRAILER BELOW, made by a reader, does a nice job of giving the basic facts about my life. Thank you

Carl Deuker was raised in Redwood City, California, the son of Jack Deuker and Marie Milligan Deuker. As a young boy, he spent many hours in the creek behind his house and in the wooded area west of his house. Mainly he kicked around with his friend Paul Garibaldi, looking for frogs and lizards and the occasional snake.

Once he started school, Carl continued to wander about in the woods above his house but, as he grew older, he participated in sports. He was good enough to make most teams, but not 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, too frightened to hang in against a good fastball. So, by my senior year the only sport I was still playing was golf."

Carl attended the University of California, Berkeley during the heady days of student protest over Vietnam. He participated in many of those protests, but looking back is not so sure how he feels about those days. "Yes, we students were right about Vietnam. It was a waste. But I'm not sure we understood much of what was happening. I thought I knew everything back then, and I cringe to think how little I actually knew."

Carl was an English major at Berkeley, spending many hours reading the classics and writing (bad) poetry and stories. He participated in intramural sports in those years as well, and was somewhat surprised to find out that he was, in fact, a decent athlete. Being free from coaches and fans allowed him to enjoy the games more. During his time at Berkeley, he especially enjoyed volleyball.

As an adult, Carl has worked primarily as a teacher, though he also has had some time in the newspaper business. He played basketball and taught volleyball for many years, but one-too-many sprained ankles forced him to give up both games. Carl still loves playing golf early on Sunday mornings at Jefferson Park, a classic old public golf course located on Beacon Hill in Seattle. Jefferson is the course on which Fred Couples learned to play. (Yes, Fred Couples learned the game on a public golf course.) Carl's handicap at present is 9.4. Now that he is retired, Carl goes to the gym every morning to do some light weight-lifting and spend some time on the elliptical machine.

Married and the father of Marian, Carl currently teaches in the Northshore School District outside of Seattle. He is the author of ON THE DEVIL'S COURT, HEART OF A CHAMPION, NIGHT HOOPS, PAINTING THE BLACK, HIGH HEAT, RUNNER, GYM CANDY, PAYBACK TIME, SWAGGER, and GUTLESS (9/​2016). ON THE DEVIL'S COURT was YA book of the year in South Carolina; HEART OF A CHAMPION was named book of the year in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee; NIGHT HOOPS won in Nebraska; and HIGH HEAT also won the Golden Sower award in Nebraska. GYM CANDY was book of the year in Iowa.

Since Carl grew up in the Bay area, he is a long time Giants fan. His all-time favorite players are Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and especially Juan Marichal. These days, as a long-time Seattle resident, he follows the Mariners, Seahawks, and UW Husky teams closely.

Carl Deuker welcomes fan letters and will always write back. He prefers e-mail because he replies more quickly. cdeuker@​
He will eventually get to regular mail, but that usually takes him longer.
(There is a link to this email on the homepage of this website.)

Growing up in San Francisco, Carl Deuker lived and died with the fortunes of his beloved San Francisco Giants. The greatest baseball player of all time was Willie Mays. Included in the video below is Mays's great catch of the Vic Wertz World Series drive to deep center in the Polo Grounds. Don't blink after you see the catch; Mays turns and makes an incredible throw as well.

In the late 1960's, as a student at UC Berkeley, Deuker participated in the many protests over People's Park, an empty, unused lot that had been transformed into a park. The protests were in response to the decision by the University of California to close the "park," fence it, and keep people out.

GROWING up, Deuker listened to the music of the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Bob Dylan, and other classic rock 'n' roll groups. Below is California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas

Thank you Nebraska for selecting High Heat for the Golden Sower Award! And a second thank you to the students at St. Matthew's for making me feel so welcome.

Quick Facts

Residence: Seattle (Ballard neighborhood)
Birthplace: San Francisco @​ St. Francis Hospital
Grade School: St. Pius, Redwood City CA
High School: St. Francis, Mountain View CA
College: University of California A.B. English
University of Washington MA English
UCLA Teaching Credential
email: carl1989@​
Favorite food: Phad Thai
Favorite desert: Chocolate ice cream
Favorite movie: Some Like It Hot (this changes weekly)
Favorite book: Moby Dick
Favorite poet: Emily Dickinson
Favorite sport: Golf
Favorite teams: Mariners, (Sonics--now sadly off in Oklahoma wearing strange uniforms), Seahawks, Cal Golden Bears, UW Huskies, Williams Purple Cows/​Ephs
Least Favorite Team: Dodgers!!!!

Married to Anne Mitchell, with one daughter, Marian, who was born on January 23, 1989
Sister Elizabeth
Niece: Leila
Nephew: Noah

Employment: Former theacher at Northshore School District, Shelton View School. Now, writing only.

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Deception on and off the field. A football story, and much more. Copy and paste this link to see a study of Payback Time by I.G. (password is: ms.baditoi)
Young Adult Fiction
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?
A dramatic and accurate portrayal of the game of baseball and life.
For Ryan giving up baseball now would mean getting off the most exciting ride of his life.
Baseball, the loss of a parent, the temptations, of adolescence.
Joe Faust is ashamed of only two things. First, that he goes to a private school. Second, that he sold his soul to the devil.
Chance knows what he's doing is risky, but it's only for a short time. Nothing can really go wrong . . . or can it?
Young Adult Fiction -- Winner of the 1993 Golden Sower Award.
A life on the brink. . . A basketball season to remember.
Short Stories