Teen Book Club

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Payback Time by Carl Deuker (3 reviews)

Andrea F., 18
Carl Deuker
Payback Time
Houghton Mifflin 2010

Mitch True has wanted to be a reporter since he was six and watched "All the King's Men" and his ambition has made him the best writer at his school newspaper. Now that it's his senior year he expects to finally receive his rightful place as editor but instead he is delegated to the sports section by the new editor who won by mere popularity. Mitch is informed at the beginning of the year that he can only write what the coaches want but he can't help from noticing that something fishy is happening on the football team. Why is the football coach keeping the new player on the bench when he's one of the best high school players Mitch has ever seen? What seemed like just another sports book quickly turns into an investigative novel where the surprising corruption behind high school football is revealed. With characters that you can't help but care about and a plot resembling a thriller movie I only put this book down with extreme reluctance and picked it up again as soon as possible. It has the great advantage of being able to be read by most teen audiences. Those who love sport books, those who like mysteries, those who like realistic fiction, possibly even reluctant readers, and it is completely appropriate for all age groups including middle school.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Enrique, 14
Carl Deuker
Payback Time
Houghton Mifflin Harcort Publishing 2011

Mitch an overweight kid at Lincoln High agrees to be a sports reporter for the school newspaper. Mitch is always wanted to be a real reporter. But the real story is an angle, a talented football player that refuses to be on the field or discuss his past.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Nathan, 17
Carl Deuker
Pay back time

This book has a good theme. The style of how it was written was amazing. How a dorkey kid turns into a wannabe hero "classic"

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