Painting the Black by Carl DeukerPainting the Black by Carl Deuker

Painting the Black

byCarl Deuker

Paperback | October 13, 2015

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An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
"A well-crafted sports novel that delivers."&nbsp - SLJ

In his senior year of high school, late bloomer Ryan Ward has just begun to feel the magic of baseball-the thrill of catching a wicked slider, of throwing a runner out, of training hard and playing hard. His friend Josh, the star of the team, has helped Ryan push his limits. But when Josh clearly pushes the limits too far, Ryan is faced with a heartbreaking dilemma: he must choose between his love for the game and his sense of integrity.
Carl Deuker is the popular, critically acclaimed author of Payback Time, Gym Candy (a Texas Lone Star title), and Runner (a Booklist Top 10 Sports Book). He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, Washington. Visit his website at
Title:Painting the BlackFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.67 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544541154

ISBN - 13:9780544541153


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Must Read Book!!! I admit that I dont read many books. It's not that im a slow reader, its just that I get bored with the books after a halfhour. This book has shown me that reading can be better then going to a movie. I also thought I could relate to the characters because both of them reminded me about me.
Date published: 2004-04-14

Editorial Reviews

Rather than producing a stereotyped high school jock, Deuker portrays Josh as a complex and multidimensional character. . . . A well-crafted sports novel that delivers without becoming didactic or boring." - SLJ "The well-written sports scenes-baseball and football-will draw reluctant readers, but it is Ryan's moral courage that will linger when the reading is done." -Booklist "The baseball diamond leads to much more than just a winning season in this exciting and moving novel. . . . 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." -Kirkus Reviews "An excellent sports story, with a lot more to it than just the game of baseball." - VOYA "