Gym Candy
Carl Deuker

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Narrated By: Kyle McCarley

Duration: 7 hours and 26 minutes

What to expect

Running back Mick Johnson has dreams: dreams of cutting back, finding the hole, breaking into the open, and running free with nothing but green grass ahead. He has dreams of winning and of being the best. But football is a cruel sport. It requires power, grace, speed, quickness, and knowledge of the game. It takes luck, too. One crazy bounce can turn a likely victory into sudden defeat. What elite athlete wouldn't look for an edge? A way to make him bigger, stronger, faster?

This novel explores the dark corners of the heart of a young football player as he struggles for success under the always glaring—and often unforgiving—stadium lights.


Children’s / Teenage fiction: Sporting stories, Children’s / Teenage general interest: Ball games and sports: American Football, Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Drugs and addiction

Listen to a sample

“Deuker skillfully complements a sobering message with plenty of exciting on-field action…[A] solid addition to the sports fiction shelf.”


“Deuker realistically portrays the paranoia, acne, and emotional roller-coaster…of steroid use.”

School Library Journal

“[A] great addition to both school and public libraries and an eye-opening recommendation to all budding athletes.”


“A solid sports tale with a valuable message.”