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Dear Mr. Deuker,
My name is Jared and I am a 14 year old 8th grade student at New Mark Middle School. Over the past couple of years I have read some of your books such as High Heat, Heart of a Champion, and Painting the Black. That is why I was so excited when at school I was able to read your book Gym Candy for an assignment.
After reading it I realized why I liked your books so much, the sports. As a huge sports fan and athlete, I am always able to relate to what the main character is going through. I never find myself confused or bored which is vital in reading a good book. I always saw in my head oh yeah, or that’s right, or wow I didn’t know that because it gives a sports lover a unlimited amount of sports in life.
Another part of your books I like so much was the unexpected twists of the book. I love how just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you put a mega twist that just opens my eyes up. It brings an element of surprise to the reader and makes me never want to put it down, therefore reading it all in practically one sitting. I look forward to reading your other books for that reason.
In conclusion, I would just like to say keep writing about sports with the element of surprise. It opens a great door between peoples love for sports and reading books. This gives non-book readers maybe a reason to read.
Hi Mr Deuker,
I just finished the book runner and i couldnt have been more satisfied! Your book uses a great amount of Forshadowing and i love being able to think about what could happen next! It took me 2 days to read ur book and im not usually a big reader. I have a couple quetions about the book though. Ok, Did chase and mellisa ever have a realtionship because u " showed" sign that he liked her. But i like how u just didnt say, Chase liked mellisa. Anyway, I have 2 more. Is there going to be a sequal cause id loved to read it. And finnaly, didnt Chase request a raise from the fat guy,but i never quite knew if he got the raise. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Ur book was amazing!
Dear Mr. Deuker: I am in eighth grade at Bedford Junior High, which is in southeastern Michigan. I play baseball and I like the Detroit Tigers. I read your book High Heat. It was such a good book I read it in three days. What caught my eye about the book were the title, the cover, the genre, and the subject. I liked how Shane was a baseball player that had to overcome tragedy in the book. My favorite part was when he got the scholarship to Portland University because he had no money after his dad was arrested and committed suicide. He had to live in a duplex and he quit baseball because of the stress. To be able to come back and play well enough to get into a major college with a scholarship is cool. It was nice that the coach came to his house to tell him. “‘I’m not going to beat around the bush, Shane. I’d like you to come to the University of Portland next year and pitch for us’” (340). I could connect to the plot because I have a younger sister that’s smart. My sister is a straight A’s student. “Marian is five years younger than me, but she’s smart, so I couldn’t bluff her” (12). I also just switched from a private school to a public school. I could understand what was going on with him. I felt a connection to Shane because Shorelake was a lot different than Whitman, like Bedford is different than my old school. I learned perseverance and to always work hard from reading this book. Shane learned this too. This means if you have a tragedy like Shane don’t give up. His aunt said, “‘It must seem like the world is over for you right now, Shane,’ she said, ‘but it isn’t. Time doesn’t stop. You’ve got to go on with your own life, or it’ll pass you by.” (48). This quote is what Shane learned in the book. When she said this he was upset with her, but he finally listened to her and was able to play baseball again. I am glad I read the book because it shows you can still do what you want after tragedy. I would recommend this book to any baseball fan age 12 or up. I have a few questions for you. How long did it take to write the final copy of High Heat beginning to end? How many drafts did it take you? Thanks for your time. Sincerely, Jack