From the author of Gym Candy comes a novel of football and bullying, finding friends and finding courage.
With both good speed and good hands, wide receiver Brock Ripley should be a natural for the varsity team, but he shies away from physical contact. When he gets cut from varsity, he also loses his friendship with star quarterback Hunter Gates who begins lashing out at not only Brock, but also Brock’s friend, the quiet and smart Richie Fang. Brock wants to stand up for Fang, but he is younger, smaller, and doesn’t want to cause problems. But when the bullying goes too far, will Brock be able to face his fears, stop being a bystander, and prove to himself that he is brave enough?
About the Author
Carl Deuker is a celebrated author of "top-flight sports writing matched to uncommonly perceptive coming-of-age stories". He describes his younger self 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." . He was a teacher for many years in the Seattle area, where he now lives with his wife.
"Fans who count on Deuker to put a provocative spin on an already satisfying story won’t be disappointed."
"A well-written offering that deals with coming-of-age, bullying, and exciting sports action; a touchdown for sports collections and reluctant readers."
—School Library Journal
"The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them."