Payback Time by Carl DeukerPayback Time by Carl Deuker

Payback Time

byCarl Deuker

Paperback | February 28, 2012

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A reporter's job is to find the missing pieces, and high school journalist Mitch True is on the verge of uncovering those pieces and nailing his first real story. If only he can get cornerback Angel Marichal to talk. Or Coach McNulty to explain why he never allows Angel's obvious talent-his speed and strength-to shine on the field. What is Angel's secret? And who profits from keeping the truth hidden?&nbspIn a thriller both thought-provoking and suspenseful, award-winning author Carl Deuker shows how investigating someone else's life can lead to very unexpected discoveries.
Carl Deuker is the award-winning author of eight popular young adult sports novels, six of which have been published by Houghton.  His most recent title, Gym Candy, was named a Texas Lone Star title, while his previous novel,  Runner, was a Booklist Top 10 Sports Book.   He lives in Seattle, WA with his family. w...
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Title:Payback TimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.78 inPublished:February 28, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547577338

ISBN - 13:9780547577333

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Editorial Reviews

The game action alone is riveting even for readers who don't know a naked bootleg from a hook-and-ladder play, but Deuker enriches the tale with several welltuned subplots and a memorable narrator/protagonist who turns a corner on his own self-image while weathering brutal tests of his courage and determination. Definitely one for the top shelf."- Booklist, starred review "Told in the first person, the story is initially funny, but the humor is soon eclipsed by the suspenseful plot and the copious play-by-play football action. These elements work together to create a rousing climax, which is then followed by a softer and more reflective denouement. Nicely played. "- Kirkus Reviews "Deuker has crafted another entertaining and readable football story. The game descriptions are well done and will appeal to players and fans. Many teens who dreamed of being a star as children but don't make the team in high school will identify with Mitch." - School Library Journal "A strong football story with nail-biting action and intrigue and a strong, appealing protagonist."- VOYA "It's a solid Cooneyesque mystery/thriller, though, with enough straight-up gridiron action to draw a crowd, and it won't take much booktalking to sell middle-schoolers on this title."-The Bulletin Gym Candy An IRA 2009 Young Adult ChoiceTexas Lone Star 2009 list"Riveting" - The Bulletin "An eye-opening recommendation to all budding athletes." - VOYA "A superb sports novel with no easy resolutions." - Kirkus Reviews Runner A Booklist Top Ten Sports BookA VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School ReadersNominated as YA book of the Year in Texas"Deuker fans won't be disappointed."- The Bulletin "Suspenseful and involving. . . . Chance's dilemmas will quickly draw in readers and keep them turning the pages." - Kliatt "Sinister goings-on, a murder, last minute heroism, and a new life rich with possibility make this a satisfying read." - Kirkus Reviews High Heat A Booksense 76 PickA Booklist Top 10 Youth Sports BookWinner of the Golden Sower Award"High Heat joins the Deuker canon with yet another fine study of a conflicted soul whose ethical salvation is determined in a sporting arena." - The Bulletin "Good baseball books are in short supply for teens; do not let this one slip past." - VOYA Night Hoops An ALA Best Book(star) "An excellent novel." - School Library Journal "Deuker adds further luster to his reputation for top-flight sports writing matched to uncommonly perceptive coming-of-age stories." - Kirkus Reviews Heart of a Champion YA book of the Year in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Tennessee. Paperback edition available from Little, Brown.Painting the BlackA Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon WinnerAn ALA Best Book(star) "It ain't pretty, but it's real." - The Bulletin "The well-written sports scenes will draw readers, but it is Ryan's moral courage that will linger when the reading is done." - Booklist "