|Gym Candy Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Deuker, Carl
ISBN: 0547076312 ISBN-13: 9780547076317
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2008
Annotation: An award-winning author explores the dark corners of the heart of a young football player as he struggles for success, in this novel that tackles the issues surrounding the players decision to cross the line.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Football; Fiction.
- Fathers and sons; Fiction.
- High schools; Fiction.
|Lexile Measure: 710|
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.70 lbs) 313 pages|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 117053
Reading Level: 4.6 Interest Level: Upper Grades Point Value: 9.0
|Scholastic Reading Counts Info|
|Quiz #: Q42105
Reading Level: 3.7 Interest Level: Grades 9-12 Point Value: 17.0
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Mick Johnson is determined not to make the same mistakes his father, a failed football hero, made. But after being tackled just short of the end zone in a big game, Mick begins using "gym candy," or steroids. His performances become record-breaking, but the side effects are terrible: Mick suffers 'roid rage, depression, and body acne. Gym Candy's subject matter is just as hard-hitting as its football scenes. You'll find yourself unable to look away as Mick goes down a road that even he knows is the wrong one to travel.
Contributor Bio(s): IV>Carl Deuker participated in several sports as a boy. He was good enough to make most teams, but not quite 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, a little too chicken to hang in there against the best fastballs. So, by my senior year the only sport I was still playing was golf." Carl still loves playing golf early on Sunday mornings at Jefferson Park in Seattle, the course on which Fred Couples learned to play. His handicap at present is 13.
Combining his enthusiasm for both writing and athletics, Carl has created many exciting, award-winning novels for young adults. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and daughter.
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