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Gym Candy – Carl Deuker

Posted by Laura on September 28, 2009

Football has been the most important thing in Mick Johnson’s life since forever.  Mick’s dad, a past professional football player, made sure that Mick started kindergarten a year later then he should have so that he would have a size advantage over his team mates.

That, along with Mick’s drive and talent earn him a spot on the high school varsity team as a freshman halfback.  But, when he gets his chance on the field he gets stopped twelve inches short of the goal.

He just wasn’t strong enough.  And he is determined that next year he will be.  He lifts weights.  He takes supplements and protein shakes.  His dad brings him to a gym that has better equipment than at the school.  He also sets him up with a personal trainer.  And the trainer?  He sets Mick up with something else altogether.

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker follows Mick as he makes the decision to start using steroids and shows us what happens next.

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Dope Sick – Walter Dean Myers

Posted by Laura on May 26, 2009

I am not sure what to think about Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers.

Lil J. painfully makes his way into a run down building (crack house) in Harlem after being shot in the arm by police.  He can’t figure out how to get out of the building without being caught.  He hears voices and finds his way to an apartment where a young man is watching TV with a spectacular remote.

With this remote, not only can you see what is on broadcast television, but you can also see what is going on outside of the apartment building.  You can see what will happen in the future, and what has happened in the past.

Will Lil J. find a way out of his predicament?  He wasn’t the one who shot the cop when the drug deal went bad.  Where did his life go wrong?  If he could change one thing, would that make his life better?

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