Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Payback Time by Carl Deuker

Rating = 4
Young Adult Novel

Mitch True is an overweight high school student who dreams of becoming a famous journalist. He is building his portfolio by writing for his high school newspaper. Assigned to the sports beat by the new editor, he is disappointed, but soon discovers a mystery surrounding one of the high school football players. If Mitch can sniff out the details, there could be a huge story involved with his name attached.

Payback Time is one of Deuker's best. The play-by-play accounts of the football games went right over my head, but football aficionados will love it. The story is told in Mitch's voice. a fairly typical high school senior who has a goal and is dogged in his pursuit of it. As his story evolves, he realizes that every story has two sides and sometimes there are consequences when the "truth" comes out.

Teenagers should enjoy the action and suspense. This one entertains until the very last page.

1 comment:

  1. This one has been on my "to read" list since I first heard of it!