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"Golden Arm" is the working title of my new project.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Golden Arm

January 12, 2016

Tags: baseball, young adult, poverty

Golden Arm
Part One

1

I got my baseball glove for two bucks at Goodwill. I found the Mariners cap I wear. I don't have an authentic jersey or any kind of cleats. I've never been to a major league baseball game. My mom can't afford cable, so I've only seen a few baseball games on TV.
None of that matters when I'm on the mound. Because I can pitch. I mean really pitch. If your bat isn't quick, I'm going to pour my fastball right past you, and all the money you spent trying to look like a baseball player won't do you any good. You're going down. If you do happen to have a quick bat—and not many guys do—then you might hit a soft ground ball or a little pop fly somewhere. But actually squaring up one of my fastballs and driving it far and deep? To do that to one of my pitches takes take a fast bat, a great eye, and luck.
I go to North City High, where lots of the guys come from families that are even poorer than mine. When people talk about North City, especially kids from rich neighborhoods like Laurelhurst, you'll hear them call it the armpit of Seattle. And compared to Laurelhurst, it's poor--but nobody ever calls it boring, which is what Laurelhurst is.
You walk the streets of North City and you see the world. There are guys like me and my half brother Antonio, guys whose families have been in America for a while. But lots of the people are new to America—from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe—everywhere.
Still, North City High has athletes—really good athletes. Our nickname is the Eagles, and our baseball team should have and could have soared, but I'm the only guy who truly loves baseball. The other guys don't concentrate on every play, and they don't put in the time to improve their game. I don't blame the guys from Somalia and Eritrea who don't really know the game. But even Antonio--a solid shortstop who could be great--would rather hang out with druggies like Garrett Swink than practice. He doesn't keep his head in the game, so he makes stupid errors. I got on him, but nothing changes. That's just how things are at North City High.
2
At the start of last season we had an okay team, but as the weeks rolled on, everybody else in our league got better and we got worse. Our left fielder, Trey Lister, was ineligible after he flunked all his midterms. Our third baseman, Rafer Valdez, stopped coming to practice and got kicked off the team. Ty Hinton, a guy who could hit for power, moved away without telling anyone he was leaving, not even his girlfriend. By May first, we had just eleven players left, and May mattered.
At least to me I did--because that was when we were going to play the Laurelhurst High Cougars.
Their star was a kid named Ian Brooks, a centerfielder who was All-league as a freshman, All-state as a sophomore, and was probably going to be Player of the Year as a junior. He had all five tools: he hit for average, he hit for power, he ran like the wind, he caught everything that came anywhere near him, and he had such a great arm that—whenever Laurelhurst played somebody tough—they had him pitch.
It seemed like every couple of weeks the Seattle Times ran an article about him, and I read them all. I knew his height, his weight, his time in the fifty-yard dash. I knew the college scholarships that had been dangled in front of him: Arizona State, UCLA, USC, and a half dozen other top schools were waiting for his decision. And I knew there was something not completely right about the guy, too. The reporter always threw in a line from some coach like When he matures . . . or Once he learns better focus . . . or With improved practice habits . . . Nobody coach said stuff like that about me.
I probably sound like some sort of stalker, but it wasn't that. Brooks had major league potential. That's what everybody said. He destroyed all the pitchers he faced. Even when they got him out, he hit the ball hard. He didn't know me at all; nobody did. We lost most of our games because of errors, mental and physical. Why should the Seattle Times writer pay any attention to me.
Whenever Ian Brooks played, the eyes of baseball were on Ian Brooks. The Seattle Times writer would be there, and probably some major league scouts. It was just another game for him; it was the chance of a lifetime for me.

Comments

  1. January 24, 2010 10:17 PM EST
    Hey Mr.Deuker its me sid from class I read the part of payback time that you put on the website. It looks great. I'm gonna get it as soon as it comes out HELLO SIDDARTH, GLAD TO HEAR IT. THANKS FOR CHECKING THE WEBSITE
    - Siddarth
  2. February 11, 2010 10:01 PM EST
    Hi,
    I'm in 7th grade and over the summer i read all your books. i couldn't put them down. your my favorite author, so please keep coming out with more books like before THANKYOU
    - BlakeA
  3. February 22, 2010 10:42 PM EST
    Hello, I love the book Gym Candy, but I would really like you to make a Hockey book either about roller or ice. THEY ARE GREAT GAMES, BOTH OF THEM. MAYBE SOMEDAY I WILL. CD
    - Thomas
  4. February 24, 2010 1:41 PM EST
    I am currently reading gym candy and i love it so far i also play football so i am probaly going to get this book asap
    HOPE YOU LIKE GYM CANDY ALL THE WAY THROUGH. PAYBACK TIME COMES OUT IN SEPTEMBER. CD
    - Josh
  5. April 22, 2010 8:52 PM EDT
    what up i like football books so make more about football THIS NEW BOOK, PAYBACK TIME, COMES OUT IN SEPTEMBER. DEFINITELY FOOTBALL. HOPE YOU LIKE IT
    - T-Dawg
  6. April 24, 2010 10:02 AM EDT
    I am 18 years old and about 4 years ago one of my mom's friends sent me painting the black and I fell absolutly in love your books. I use to hate books with a passion but once I picked that book I had to read all of them I keep up with all of your writing and they touch me. I always can pick something out in your books that always makes me feel apart of the book. Thank you very much for your books. Keep up the good work because I can't wait for your new book to come out. I am getting your new for your birthday I'll be 19 when I get it. THANKS FOR THE NICE COMPLIMENT. I HOPE YOU LIKE THE NEW BOOK TOO. SORT OF A COMBINATION OF SPORTS AND MYSTERY WRITING, WHICH IS NEW FOR ME.
    - Jason Nall
  7. April 28, 2010 6:05 PM EDT
    Yo I think it owuld be cool if you made a basketball book on like a 5 star basketball player, and have him face problems. You've made two about decent players (Night
    Hoops, Devil's Court) but I would like to read a novel on a really good player. This could be cliche but you could have like colleges try to pay him or somethin.THAT'S A GOOD IDEA. I'M WORKING ON A BB NOVEL RIGHT NOW--THIS TIME WITH A POINT GUARD AS THE MAIN CHARACTER AND A TEAMMATE WHO DOESN'T REALIZE HOW GOOD HE IS. BUT I'M GOING TO FILE YOUR IDEA WAY--THE TEMPTATION OF MONEY ALWAYS MAKES A GOOD PLOT.
    - Gamble
  8. April 29, 2010 5:17 PM EDT
    Hi Mr. Deuker. Its James from your class. I can't wait until Payback Time comes out. I have read a lot of your other books and they are awesome! THANKS, JAMES. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING IT IN PRINT TOO.
    - James J.
  9. May 6, 2010 5:27 PM EDT
    Mr. Dueker, I know all authors write books that are supposed to send a good message. But not all kids who read are like that. I think you should write a book about a kid who gets into some trouble, and never really gets out. About a kid who isnt afraid of anything. Plays football, wrestling, and track. think about it, kids would LOVE to read a book like that. The kids name should be Kenny Richey. Thanks. HELLO JAKE. I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN, AND I AGREE THAT A STORY WITH A NON-HERO HERO, SO TO SPEAK, IS A GOOD IDEA. I'VE DONE A LITTLE OF THAT WITH PAINTING THE BLACK AND HEART OF A CHAMPION, BUT IN BOTH CASES IT ISN'T QUITE THE MAIN CHARACTER, BUT HIS BEST FRIEND. I LIKE YOUR IDEA. THANKS
    - Jake Collins
  10. May 12, 2010 9:37 PM EDT
    Dear Mr. Deauker, I think you should write a book about wrestling. I wrestle and its the best sport ever. Ive read all of your books. High Heat twice, and now on my second time, Gym Candy. In that last comment, my name isn't Jake Collins, its Kenny Richey. I go to Centerville Junior High in Centerville, Indiana. I in 8th grade. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my comments, and all the others from other kids. Your books are inspirations. SORRY ABOUT THE NAME MIX-UP. WRESTLING WOULD BE A GOOD TOPIC. THOSE ARE THE LONGEST MINUTES IN THE WORLD, AREN'T THEY? I ACTUALLY DID WRITE A COMIC WRESTLING STORY CALLED "IF YOU CAN'T BE LUCKY" WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN AN ANTHOLOGY ENTITLED "ULTIMATE SPORTS." I'LL TRY TO POST IT ON THIS WEBSITE--I DON'T THINK THERE'S A DIGITAL VERSION THOUGH. THANKS FOR READING MY BOOKS, CARL
    - Kenny Richey
  11. July 19, 2010 8:54 PM EDT
    Dear Mr. Deuker,
    I love your books and can't wait for your new one to come out. I think it's really cool because I live in Ballard so I know where everything is in most of your books. Keep up the good work! HOPE TO SEE YOU AROUND BALLARD SOMEDAY!
    - Megan McCormick
  12. August 23, 2010 9:32 AM EDT
    Mr. Deuker, great book just picked it up at B&N and finished it today great read couldn't put it down. love your books YOU MIGHT BE THE FIRST PERSON TO FINISH IT. THANKS FOR THE KIND WORDS.
    - Alex "Pacman" Anderson
  13. September 11, 2010 1:13 AM EDT
    ok..you rock, just wanted to say that,runner best book i have ever read(still reading it cant wait to see what happen at the end)and i'm looking forward to reading your other books
    THANKS--I HOPE THE ENDING DOESN'T DISAPPOINT
    - ibrahim kamara
  14. September 26, 2010 1:05 PM EDT
    can you make a book about running/track THAT'S A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY SOME DAY.
    - slatts
  15. September 27, 2010 8:51 AM EDT
    :)smiley face to ur books bro keep it up but do more football books cuz i like em.....gym candy was my fav cant wait to read payback time:) THANS, I HOPE YOU LIKE PAYBACK TIME TOO
    - aunt jemima aka aj murry
  16. September 27, 2010 8:55 AM EDT
    mr deuker...i have read all of ur books and i love them all if u could do a fan a favor.....plz put my name (A.J. Murry)in one of ur books:) A.J. MURRY IS A GOOD NAME. I'LL PUT IT ON MY LIST
    - aunt jemima aka aj murry
  17. October 5, 2010 4:34 PM EDT
    Gym Candy was the best book I ever read! You should make a sequeal. By the way thank you so much for getting me into reading I always hated reading, but this summer I read Heart of a Champion, then Gym Candy, and now I'm on PAYBACK TIME keep writing books. Thanks Mr. Deuker
    GET THE RIGHT BOOK AND READING IS WONDERFUL. I'M GLAD MY BOOKS WORKED FOR YOU. CARL
    - Richie 12 yrs old
  18. October 10, 2010 2:39 PM EDT
    dear mr dueker,
    i was wandering if you could write a book about a shortstop living in socal, facing many hardships but eventually reaching the highest of standards after being drafted out of highschool to the bigs. THAT'S A GOOD PLOT. I'VE LIVED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, SO I KNOW THE AREA. THANKS FOR THE IDEA--BUT PERHAPS YOU SHOULD WRITE IT.
    - KDOC
  19. October 12, 2010 10:59 AM EDT
    I think you need to make new book about all the people that has cancer in the world because a lot of people have cancer and that would be really nice

    TJ-14 years old

    I HAVE A CLOSE FRIEND WHO HAS WRITTEN A BASEBALL BOOK WITH JUST THAT THEME. HOPEFULLY HIS BOOK WILL GET PUBLISHED. IT'S CALLED THE FARM TEAM. IT IS SAD THAT CANCER STRIKES ANYONE, AND DOUBLY SAD WHEN IT HITS SOMEONE YOUNG.
    - Anonymous
  20. October 13, 2010 12:07 AM EDT
    Hey mr deuker. I just read high heat. i absolutely loved it. I used to be an avid reader until last year. i read high heat in a day and now im an avid reader again. i made my mom buy me every book on the shelf at the local book store of yours. i cant wait to read them all!!! THAT'S A WONDERFUL THING TO HEAR. IF YOU FIND THE RIGHT BOOK, READING IS A PLEASURE. KEEP ME POSTED ON HOW THE OTHER BOOKS GO.
    - Dylan Kost
  21. October 17, 2010 4:28 PM EDT
    Mr. Deuker i would really love it if you make a part 2 gym candy MAYBE I WILL SOMEDAY. GLAD YOU LIKED THE FIRST BOOK SO MUCH
    - collin
  22. October 25, 2010 7:28 PM EDT
    Mr. Deuker, I love reading your books, I can't wait to read your newest, keep up the good work! I'M HARD AT WORK; HOPEFULLY IT WILL GO QUICKLY. GLAD YOU'VE LIKED THE OTHER ONES.
    - Chad kuehne
  23. October 29, 2010 2:29 PM EDT
    amazing bo0ks carl!!! best writer ever. keep writng more books. make a sequal to the book payback time!! it was so good i read it in 2 days. also one more thing. if you could make a book about hockey that would be awsome!! you inspire me
    I WISH I KNEW ENOUGH ABOUT HOCKEY TO WRITE A DECENT BOOK. THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT
    - Nathan Newmark
  24. November 1, 2010 10:04 PM EDT
    ok so I am one of those kids who loves to play sports. i get good grades to. but i have never finished a book before. until my friend said you should read gym candy so i did............. and i loved it. it was my first book i have ever finished. i just finished runner too. i think you are an amazing author and keep up the work. i cant wait to read pay back.THANKS, LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T THINK THEY LIKE READING JUST HAVEN'T FOUND THE RIGHT BOOKS.
    -Tanner c
    - Anonymous
  25. November 11, 2010 9:13 PM EST
    Mr Deuker, just finished on the devil's court, it was very interesting! love all of your books. MY FIRST BOOK, SO I'M VERY FOND OF IT ALSO. NEVER THOUGHT I'D ACTUALLY FINISH ONE, LET ALONE GET ONE PUBLISHED.
    - Chad Kuehne
  26. November 17, 2010 10:28 PM EST
    your my favorite author gym candy is my fav. book
    THANKS. I APPRECIATE THAT YOU TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE AND THAT YOU READ MY BOOKS.
    - hock_8*
  27. November 26, 2010 8:03 PM EST
    it soulds like the best book of them all
    I HOPE SO. I HAD TO GO BACK AND START OVER TO GET THE MAIN CHARACTER RIGHT
    - Leland Jernigan
  28. December 3, 2010 7:28 PM EST
    Hello Mr.Deuker I was born in England and i now live in Florida I love your book Gym Candy have you ever considered doing a book on soccer. Well at school I get made fun of because i love soccer. In my small town Baseball is the sport and not many people play soccer considering it is the number one sport in the world. I'D LIKE TO STUDY SOCCER CLOSELY AND WRITE A GOOD SOCCER BOOK. I'VE TRIED A COUPLE OF TIMES, BUT IT'S HARD TO DESCRIBE THE MOVEMENT OF THE BALL IN WORDS. ALSO, GOALS OFTEN COME OUT OF THE BLUE--AND THAT'S HARD TO MAKE CONVINCING TOO. GREAT GAME
    - Joe Kelly
  29. December 17, 2010 10:57 PM EST
    You gotta write more baseball books! Good work on all of your other books tho.
    - Kyle-cincinnati
  30. January 17, 2011 6:00 PM EST
    who is really angel HERO WHO MOVES TO SEATTLE TO ESCAPE GANGS
    - gym nuke
  31. March 1, 2011 11:43 PM EST
    mr.Deuker can u please please make another gym candy book it is the best book i have ever read HELLO EVAN AND THANK YOU. I MAY SOMEDAY WRITE A SEQUEL--YOU'RE NOT THE FIRST PERSON TO REQUEST ONE. HOWEVER, I'M SURE YOU'VE HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF READING A SEQUEL AND NOT LIKING IT AS MUCH AS THE FIRST BOOK. I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL GYM CANDY BY WRITING A BOOK THAT I DON'T HAVE A GOOD FEEL FOR.
    - evan gill
  32. March 6, 2011 11:13 PM EST
    Hi mr Deuker I was wondering if you could make a book about a young travel ball team from Ohio. Who when they travel south they get overlooked constantly because we are from the north. THAT'S A GOOD PLOT. I WILL PUT IT IN MY "TO DO" BOOK LIST. THANKS
    - KDOCK
  33. March 11, 2011 5:18 PM EST
    Hey Mr. Deuker my name is Kyler and the first book I read of yours was Runner! It's a great book I don't know how you do it but its unbelievable! I'm 14 and I don't like to read at all but this book really touched me and I'm going to read them all! I'm looking forward to reading SWAGGER so far its great and keep up the good work Me. Deuker! HELLO KYLER. SWAGGER WON'T BE OUT FOR YEARS. WHY DON'T YOU TRY PAYBACK TIME OR GYM CANDY NEXT, OR ONE OF MY OTHER BOOKS. I SUSPECT YOU WILL LIKE THEM. THANKS FOR WRITING.
    - - Kyler garvalia
  34. March 22, 2011 8:05 PM EDT
    mr. deuker im am a big fan of all your books and i am never disapointed i hope swagger will be just as good as the rest. maybe even better and i have a question when will swagger be published your books are the ones that have inspired me to read reply soon jam ram I'M WORKING HARD ON IT. I'M ABOUT HALFWAY DONE. THIS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU, BUT I ALWAYS WORRY THAT THE NEW BOOK ISN'T ANY GOOD AND THE PUBLISHER WILL TURN IT DOWN. I ALWAYS WORRY ABOUT THAT/
    - jam ram 1996
  35. March 25, 2011 6:49 PM EDT
    i love all your books and i dont read much but one of my teachers recommended them because i live sports and now ive read some of them twice. when is swagger being published i will be sure to bye it. HELLO ADAM . . . AFTER I FINISH A BOOK, IT'S ABOUT A YEAR UNTIL IT GETS PUBLISHED--IF THE PUBLISHER ACCEPTS THE BOOK. I'LL FINISH THIS SUMMER.
    - Adam
  36. March 29, 2011 9:00 PM EDT
    Hi my name is Trey and i too have read all of your books. i have just finished runner to day great book. i have read all your books in less than 24hours after picking it up. i really hope you right more, also i cant wait for your new book! Good Luck Mr.Deukern THANKS FOR THE GOOD WISHES. WRITING DOESN'T COME EASILY TO ME, SO I CAN USE THE GOOD VIBES.
    - Anonymous
  37. April 6, 2011 8:46 PM EDT
    I probably hate reading more than anyone in this world, but when i read your books I seem like a kid in my school that reads books 24/7, I can't wit for this new book swagger to come out! GLAD YOU FOUND SOME BOOKS YOU LIKE. THEY'RE OUT THERE, AND NOT JUST MINE.
    - -Andrew Pulvirent
  38. April 15, 2011 11:10 PM EDT
    Mr. Deuker you are my favorite author. last year i hatted reading books and no i love reading beacuse i love reading your books. And your new book swagger sounds like the best one of them all so far! I'M GLAD TO HAVE FINALLY FINISHED IT. I HOPE IT DOESN'T DISAPPOINT. CARL
    - Donovan
  39. May 4, 2011 11:13 AM EDT
    I really want to read Swagger it sounds really good. I was wondering if it is going to be as good as payback time?
    - Michael
  40. May 6, 2011 3:35 PM EDT
    nice, i hope that this book is as good as the rest honestly you're a beast and if you decide to write a new one after this PLEASE make it about baseball because you are a beast at it I LOVE BASEBALL TOO, SO I CAN'T IMAGINE I WON'T BE WRITING ANOTHER BASEBALL BOOK SOME DAY.
    - joey wiliams
  41. May 9, 2011 1:52 PM EDT
    Have u choosen a cover for the book Swagger?]I STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED WRITING IT, SO A COVER IS A LONG WAY OFF
    - Austin Gardner
  42. May 16, 2011 1:43 PM EDT
    Do you think you will write another book that comes after Gym Candy? You know it kind of left me wanting more.MAYBE SOMEDAY I WILL. I JUST DON'T WANT TO RUIN A GOOD BOOK WITH A BAD SEQUEL
    - Austin Gardner
  43. May 17, 2011 9:53 AM EDT
    Your are a genuis Mr. Dueker. i have read Gym Candy and am in the middle of Payback Time. Cant get enough. Love your books. As an athlete with a pretty big pass and a pretty rough few years i relate very well with with your books. Favorite book is Gym Candy. Friend read it and told me the end, which ticked me off, but the end was still shocking. Best book out there, until i finish payback time. THANK YOU--I HOPE PAYBACK TIME DOESN'T DISAPPOINT.
    - Chanse
    - Anonymous
  44. June 1, 2011 11:43 AM EDT
    Thsi is awesome I can't wait untill it comes out!
    - Julio Coolio
  45. October 3, 2011 9:20 PM EDT
    when is this book going to come out
    - Aggies857
  46. October 9, 2011 11:44 AM EDT
    I hope this book is written really soon because I can't for more of his books.
    - Anonymous
  47. October 10, 2011 7:40 PM EDT
    I have read multiple books and my favorite so far has been Gym Candy I read what is posted above and I am so excited for this book
    - Drew
  48. November 15, 2011 11:42 AM EST
    plzzzz finish
    - Austen
  49. November 20, 2011 11:55 AM EST
    how close are you to finishing your new book i have alredy read all of your books my favorite being gym candy and, im waiting for your new book swagger.
    - cj.bendall
  50. March 20, 2012 8:26 PM EDT
    Mr. Deuker i am a big fan i love all your books and i cant wait for swagger to come out but i was wondering if you could make a book about a 2nd stringer who finds himself starting after a horrifying death of his older brother the once starting QB kinda like a friday night lights but better i think that would be interesting and on how everyone judges him and say he will never be better than his brother like a peyton and eli manning brother competition i think that would be cool so i hope you reply soon thanks GOOD IDEA--I'LL DEFINITELY KEEP IT IN MIND.
    - Jonah
  51. April 9, 2012 9:10 PM EDT
    Hi Mr.Dueker! I love your book Gym Candy. You are an awesome author! Can I ask you...whats your favorite sport? And whats your favorite book that you have wrote? Thanks alot.
    - Cierra
  52. April 24, 2012 10:57 AM EDT
    please make anothor book about runner loved it!
    - Tate g
  53. June 4, 2012 7:17 PM EDT
    I absolutely love your books, but one of my favorites was High Heat. I would love if you made a sequel to High Heat because it was such a good book. I loved this book so much because it showed me a new perspective on the game i never experienced before i switched to softball. I was always doing hitting practice or batting lessons ,but pitching was always that one thing i never truly got to see. Awesome book , keep it up!!! - Emma THANK YOU, EMMA. I COACHED SOFTBALL FOR FOUR YEARS AND LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. GREAT GAME, AND THAT'S NOT A SOFTBALL.
    - Emma Hagreen
  54. August 1, 2012 2:22 PM EDT
    hey mr.deuker! i have read every single one of your books. you are my favorite author of all time. do you know when SWAGGER is coming out? or are you working on any other books? it would mean alot if u respond. thank you! THANK YOU. SPRING OF 2013. I WISH I COULD WRITE FASTER, BUT IT TAKES ME A LONG TIME. I DESCRIBE THE NEW BOOK A LITTLE ON THE BLOG
    - Bill
  55. August 26, 2012 5:37 PM EDT
    I like this so far! I can't wait to read it!! Last week I found Gym Candy in my classroom bookshelf in fifth period. I read it in two days and right now I'm doing my book report on it!!! THANK YOU. I'M GLAD YOU ENJOYED IT. PEOPLE TELL ME MY BOOKS ARE ONLY FOR BOYS, BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT. CARL
    - Miranda
  56. September 30, 2012 8:41 PM EDT
    So glad to hear about your new book! Payback Time is getting lots of check outs as a Wildcats Read title this year. Hope school is going well for you. Say hi to Marian.HELLO CHRIS, I CERTAINLY WILL. THANKS FOR THE NOTE. CARL
    - Chris Gustafson
  57. October 2, 2012 1:33 PM EDT
    Reads like yet another fabulous read for guys who struggle with expectations of their families! All my students love your books, please keep on writing! THANKS FOR THE GOOD WORDS
    - R. Axelrod
  58. February 2, 2013 10:17 AM EST
    Carl,
    I read Gym Candy and I really want you to right a sequel to it and also maybe a lacrosse book. I started lacrosse and it is a really fast growing sport
    Thanks,Leo
    - Leo
  59. February 19, 2013 9:06 PM EST
    Hey Carl, Ive read most of your books and I really like them. Cant wait till you make the new book. I would really like for you to make a book of soccer. Thanls and keep up the good work. :)
    - Carlos R.
  60. March 11, 2013 1:26 PM EDT
    We are 7th grade students in Kansas. We had our study hall teacher read Runner, and we think it should be made into a movie. If not a movie, a sequel would be great. Is Swagger published yet? We are planning on reading On the Devil's Court and Painting the Black before school is out at the end of May. We love your books
    - Leigh E. Greene
  61. May 20, 2013 5:53 PM EDT
    Carl, I am doing a project on your book gym candy, I have read many books but have only never read anything that had such intense falling action, thank you for that.
    - Troy Ackley
  62. September 17, 2013 5:26 PM EDT
    Mr. Deuker can you please make a sequel to gym candy? The first one really left me hanging and I (along with everyone else who read the book) would LOVE to see another Gym Candy book. A lot of kids at my school were reading it and we all thought the same thing.
    - Drew H
  63. November 2, 2013 1:32 AM EDT
    I have read swagger and it is amazing! I look forward to reading your other books. THANKS. YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE FIRST READERS
    - Eric Rigby
  64. May 2, 2016 10:21 PM EDT
    Hey Mr. Deuker this is Suja from class. Is this the book that's going to have my name in it? SUJA, I'M SURE GOING TO TRY TO GET YOUR NAME IN HERE. I'M NOT EVEN DONE WITH THE FIRST DRAFT YET. HOPE ALL IS WELL!
    - Suja Chalasani
  65. January 28, 2017 10:43 PM EST
    I read gym candy, then turned it on to my mom, who then gave it to my dad!! best book by far I've ever read!! You're an amazing author!! just one thing... WE NEED A SEQUEL!!!! is it payback time??? NO, PAYBACK TIME ISN'T A SEQUEL--IT'S A FOOTBALL/MYSTERY BOOK. IF I GET A GOOD IDEA FOR A SEQUEL, THEN I WILL WRITE ONE, BUT I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL GYM CANDY WITH A BAD SEQUEL. THANKS FOR WRITING. CARL
    - Leah

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