by Carl Deuker

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. Now a target for bullying, Brock struggles to overcome his fears and discover that, in his own way, he is brave enough. 

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9781328742063
  • ISBN-10: 1328742067
  • Pages: 336
  • Publication Date: 09/05/2017
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

“The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them.”—Kirkus  


The wide receiver best able to hang on to his quarterback’s passes, Brock Ripley would be a star for the varsity team—if he could just bring himself to put his body on the line. But he can’t. Just like he can’t bring himself to stand up for his friend Richie Fang, who has been targeted by the quarterback, known for his bullying. As events spiral out of control, Brock is faced with a true test of character. Can he find the courage to step up and do what is right? 


About the author
Carl Deuker

Carl Deuker is a celebrated author of "top-flight sports writing matched to uncommonly perceptive coming-of-age stories" (Kirkus Reviews). 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.


"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."