What would you give to be your school's superstar? After reading Dr. Faustus, Joe considers the merits of selling his soul to the devil. Suddenly, he finds himself changing from a lousy basketball player and a C student to the star athlete he always dreamed he could be. Even though he isn't sure if he actually made a deal with the devil, he can't help but enjoy the benefits that come with his newfound abilities. But is achieving his dreams worth what he may have given up?
In this coming of age sports novel, Joe learns the power of belief and that the only goals worth attaining are the ones that you earn -- on your own.
Praise for Gym Candy (Houghton Mifflin, 2007): Deuker skillfully complements a sobering message with plenty of exciting on-field action... [A] solid addition to the sports fiction shelf." - Booklist
"[A] great addition to both school and public libraries and an eye-opening recommendation to all budding athletes." - VOYA
"Deuker realistically portrays the paranoia, acne, and emotional roller-coaster...of steroid use." - School Library Journal—
Praise for Heart of a Champion: An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Best Book for Reluctant Readers A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Book of the Year
Carl Deuker is a teacher in the NorthshoreSchool District outside of Seattle. His novels have won numerous awards, including being selected as Booklist Top Ten Youth Sports Books, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, Book Sense 76 Picks, and ALA Best Books for Young Adults.