Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

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Mick Johnson is determined not to make the same mistakes his father, a failed football hero, made. But after being tackled just short of the end zone in a big game, Mick begins using “gym candy,” or steroids. His performances become record-breaking, but the side effects are terrible: Mick suffers ’roid rage, depression, and body acne. Gym Candy’s subject matter is just as hard-hitting as its football scenes. You’ll find yourself unable to look away as Mick goes down a road that even he knows is the wrong one to travel.

About Carl Deuker

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Carl Deuker is described as “a rising young star in psychological sports fiction” by Jim Trelease in The Read-Aloud Handbook. He is the author of three sports novels, On the Devil's Court, Heart of a Champion, and Painting the Black, all of which were selected as ALA Best Books for Young Adults.
Published September 22, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 325 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This cautionary tale, told in first person, is a methodical working out of the psychology of the high-school athlete willing to do anything to gain an edge.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that there are some heavy subjects in this novel, including teen steroid use, suicide, and violence related to drug use.

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Mick Johnson has always been older than his classmates (he started kindergarten a year late) and so he’s always had an advantage over them in football, something his dad has taught him since he could stand and hold a ball.

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