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Payback Time

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,678 Ratings  ·  365 Reviews
Through the eyes of a distinctly non-athletic protagonist--a fat high school journalist named Mitch--veteran sports novelist Deuker reveals the surprising truth behind a mysterious football player named Angel. When Angel shows up Lincoln High, he seems to have no past--or at least not one he is willing to discuss. Though Mitch gets a glimpse of Angel's incredible talent of ...more
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Published September 6th 2010 by Hmh Books for Young Readers
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Aug 06, 2010 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2010
A lot of boys are reluctant readers, tough nuts to crack for parents and teachers who want their kids to read more. Many of these boys are into sports, too -- some merely as fans, and others as actual players. If you know a kid like this and you don't know about Carl Deuker, you should familiarize yourself with Deuker's growing work. He's good at what he does, and what he does is chiefly sports, often with a secondary plot that goes beyond sports.

PAYBACK TIME follows the familiar Deuker formula.
This story is about Mitch, a young high school journalist. He hopes that one day he will be a journalist that will uncover some large, life altering news story, such as maybe Watergate or something similar. His high school, Lincoln High School, has a school paper, which Mitch wanted to be the editor of. Mitch was sadly disappointed when they gave him the sports column. He is disappointed because he liked sports but being overweight he often was picked on and never participated in the sports, and ...more
Adam Krause
Mar 21, 2014 Adam Krause rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book “Payback Time” by Carl Deuker is an ok book. Senior Daniel True is short, pale and overweight. His nickname is the Michelin Man, or Mitch for short. Mitch wants to be an investigative reporter but, for now, he’s stuck covering sports for the school newspaper. In true investigative style, Mitch wants to dig deeper into the mysterious Angel, an older-looking transfer student with “NFL skills” whom football Coach McNulty is hiding on the bench until key moments of play. Coach changes Angel ...more
Kelly Moore
This might be the first sports book I've ever read. Even if you know nothing about football, like me, the sports scenes are great. My one big complaint about the book is the cliche that the author used about the kids with purple hair and tattoos being the druggie kids. Does this guy really think that any kid who feels like dying their hair a bright color is a drug user? Lame. Other than that major annoyance, it was a fun mystery with a great main character.
Hailey Krabbe
This book is about a journalist for Lincoln Lights high school news paper. His name is Daniel True, more likely to be known as Mitch a nickname that was picked up through the years. This was his senior year and in the newspaper he was just switched to the sports column, something he didn't really know much about since he got cut from the football team his freshman year. The first story he was put on was football, because that's what most high school students care about. What's worse than coveri ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is my new favorite book! I read it for a competition. To be honest i would never have read this book b/c i usually read girly books but I throughly enjoyed this!
Feb 27, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book because it really got me at the edge of my seat. This book was really good because it kept me guessing different scenarios to what will eventually happen. I could never have guessed what happened at the end. Mitch true will do whatever it takes to get a good story. I really enjoyed reading this book because in the book was about this 17 year old kid who is a reporter in his school and he is about to unravel the intense past of a kid from Philidelphia. The 17 year old Mit ...more
Forrest Williams
In the story "Payback Time" by Carl Deuker,is a sport and mystery book about uncovering mystery pieces at Lincoln High.Daniel True and his friend/photographer Kimi digs deep to find out the scoop on Angel Marichal. He's is thought of as a undercover cop by Daniel and Kimi.

The book is really good.I like the way the plot is set up and revealed.Also I like the way the whole books pulls in the reader.The one thing I dislike about the book is the way it is formatted.I don't like the way it has part
Jake Lennon
Apr 30, 2015 Jake Lennon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Payback Time by Carl Deuker is suspenseful and action packed. The story is about an investigative journalism, but also has lots of play by play football games. A strange transfer student is in the heat of the story. Gang activity and witnessing a murder has put one character in jeopardy. Main characters Mitch and Kimi are put in lots of dangerous situations as a result of their involvement including assault fist fighting threatening phone calls and tire slashing. This is a great read for any spo ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Jun 29, 2012 Jennifer Lavoie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book blew me away in my expectations. I was expecting a totally different story from what I got, but that is a good thing! This book will appeal to many readers, not just boys like I thought.

Mitch is a great character. He is motivated and pushes himself when he wants something. When he decides to lose weight, I found myself cheering for him and pushed the bag of chips I was eating away from myself. Kimi is another good character. She is strong, fierce, and goes after what she wants, but sh
Chase Seliger
Carl Deuker’s book, Payback Time, the only book in its series, is about a teenager named Daniel True or Mitch, who has the dream to be a big reporter. Ever since Mitch was little, he has had the dream to be a reporter. Even though he needs to start out low at being a school reporter, he’s in love with that. Everyone knows every reporter has at least one big story and Mitch thinks he has his hands on his when a new kid named Angel Marichal comes to their high school. Angel is a very shadowy guy ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Abraham is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
What i thought about this book is that this book is awesome!. First the title Payback Time its a catching title, because i thought it was a bout two teams that were rivals and that one team beat the other team and the team that lost wanted Payback. Actually its is about football but theres these two kids named Mitch and Kimi who are with the school's newspaper. There were investigating this kid named Angel. Angel plays football and is really good at quarter back. Kimi spotted angel during the fo ...more
i chossen this book because i .love football and i love reading about mit and the author is my favorite author i always enjoy reading his book. this is a realistic fiction. it takes place in settle. the main chracter is mitch true he is a kid that dosent think to hiughly of himselfd hes a sports writer really good one. its about mitch finds this kid that really good but he dosent play and he knows somthing weird is going on and was going to do anything it took to get to the bottom of it. mitch h ...more
Suzette Kunz
A sports writer for the school newspaper thinks he has uncovered a scandal on the team and investigates with the help of the photographer. This is pretty plot driven...not much character development. There are in-detail sports sequences, so it might appeal to football fans. The ending felt a little anti-climactic. It was fine, just not my favorite.
Daniel Ho
I was not a big fan of this book. Although it was cool to see the story of a athlete from a person in the stands. The thing that I did not like about the book was the dialogue and details. The plot was a good idea but it was not presented very well. I think anyone could try the book out just to see the how reports and fans see the game of football and how they deal with suspicion, instead of see a story through an athlete's eyes.
Aaron Epperson
Oct 02, 2013 Aaron Epperson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Payback time is a very interesting book. It interested me due to the football play by play, but also the mystery part kept me engaged when the plays couldn't. The story line is really good. It strongly influences the theme, "Don't judge a book by its cover" and I think that's really good for teenage readers. Deuker was on point with his book and his characters were great. I can't wait to read the rest of his sports books. I recommend this book to any football player or mystery seeker. I recommen ...more
Apr 02, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was 3/1/2 for me...I liked the story line behind all the sports stuff but found myself skimming the football scenes. They just seemed so secondary to the actual ploy rather than integral to the story. The idea of a kid getting in shape, coming into his own, and finding that news is not always without consequences was great. I'm not sure if kids seeking out a true sports story will get past the first few pages about an overweight reporter for the school newspaper as the sports stuff doesn't ...more
Payback Time
Can you imagine what it is like to be hunted down for something good you did... I guess that's how Abe Lincoln and John F. Kennedy felt. I would never want to feel that way, it's like the fear of getting killed and the anger of not knowing what you did to deserve it. Well this book left a good mark on me. How so? Because it's happened to a lot of famous people ,and the book also describes the setting being in downtown Seattle, Washington. The fact that multiple gang members reside
Nick Lengwin
Payback Time by Carl Deuker is a sports/mystery book. It is about an overweight, nobody kid named Daniel True but everybody calls him "Mitch" because he looks like the Michelin Man. Mitch is a high school student that is a part of the school newspaper staff. He hopes to get elected as editor but loses the election and gets assigned to sports. His main focus is the football team. Mitch is instructed by the football coach to write about the teams success and about their star quarterback. Throughou ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book “Payback Time” by Carl Deuker it was a good read because it catches your eye and it is a short read to. The book was very interesting because it wasn’t all about a sport or at least not the whole thing. It was about a school news reporter named Dan but everybody called him Mitch. The way he is described to you is he is a fat person who loves to a reporter. He also tries to lose weight for this girl he really likes, his photographer Kimi Yon.

One day Mitch and Kimi are standing ar
Feb 04, 2016 Dylan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carl Deuker’s “Payback Time” is a novel that keeps you guessing throughout the entire story. This book is for grades 5 through 8. This books genre is sports/mystery but you don’t have to like sports books to like “Payback Time”. Daniel, who is called Mitch at school, is a reporter. This year he has to write articles on sports for his high school newspaper the “Lincoln Light”. One of the third string football players named Angel "Was zinging passes like an NFL quarterback" (Pg 37-38) However, whe ...more
Keondre I
Jan 27, 2016 Keondre I rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love mystery and sports
The book PAYBACK TIME is a book about a high school journalist named Daniel (Mitch) True who wants to be the editor of his school newspaper and he wants go to Columbia University to study journalism. An important character in the book is Kimi Yon. She is the sports photographer for the school newspaper and is Mitch's newspaper partner. Mitch and Kimi worked on the sports section of the newspaper together throughout the school year. Another important character in this book is Angel Marchial. Ange ...more
internat librarian
Suspension of disbelief is almost a given in sports novels. And with young adult sports mystery suspense novels, well – it’s best to identify degrees of impossibility. With that in mind, this book earns an “Impossible – but still plenty of fun” rating.

Daniel "Mitch" True is an interesting narrator, in part because he’s at the center of the story, but not at the center of the sports. He’s only 5’ 4”, and weighs about 200 lbs. "Mitch" is short for "Michellin Man." I’m not spoiling any major surpr
Bailey Wavrunek
Oct 02, 2015 Bailey Wavrunek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PayBack Time, by Carl Deuker is a sports book about Daniel True and Kimi Yon, who are two High School news reporters. They are assigned to report on Lincoln High sports. One day a scandal about Coach McNulty and Angel Marichal came up. The scandal was that they were cheating. Angel was suspected to be a older male in his twenty's and getting older by the day. Daniel who is also known as Mitch went in to investigation to find out Angel's real age. The Lincoln Light(which is the school newspaper) ...more
Kyle Sheedy
Kyle Sheedy

Payback Time, by Carl Deuker, is an exciting fictional novel that focuses on football and
Mysteries all in one book. Deuker also wrote the book, Gym Candy also a book about
Football. If you are interested in reading about football you should grab this book ASAP.

In this novel, the main character is Daniel True a school journalist who finds his self-motivation
throughout the book when facing very big obstacles. Sometimes in the book he needs to be smart and courageous especially when he
May 29, 2015 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Payback Time, by Carl Deuker, was not the book that I anticipated. The cover and back of the book make you believe that the book is about a football player who doesn’t play very much in the games. After reading a few pages, I began to notice that the main character was not a football player, at all. He was instead a fat high school boy with no friends that wanted to be a sports reporter. In the beginning, I was not interested, but as I read more, I didn’t want to stop. The main character, Daniel ...more
Damien Sears
PayBack Time was about a boy name Mitch who had a passion to play football but he had no skills. In his life there was only his mother and grandmother. No one could help him work on his skills he was self centered. On day he just got help from his highschool coach and started working and became one of the best. His name was then Mitch The Zit he was fast strong everything you needed. All of his old friends who dis him because he had no skills are now try to be cool with him.

I liked how Mitch s
Kishon Carter
Apr 17, 2015 Kishon Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deuce
"Payback Time" by Carl Deuker is a mystery/suspense novel about a high
school sports journalist named Daniel "Mitch" True. To try to find his
first big story and get his name known as being a good journalist, he triesto see if one of the players on his high school's football team is actuallyan undercover cop that's trying to bust some drug users and dealers. Daniel and his friend Kimi try to find this out by kind of spying on him and seeing what he does and here he goes outside of the school, then
George G
In the book Payback Time by Carl Deuker, the theme is that there is always something to be revealed. The reader learns that in people, and in objects, there is something one doesn't know about it. This book is set in Mitch and Kimi, who both work for the school newspaper for sports. Kimi takes all the pictures for the paper while Mitch, the protagonist writes for it. Angel is another important character. He is a new student at the high school, and has amazing football skills. As Mitch and Kimi b ...more
Miles Harrison
Feb 26, 2015 Miles Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Payback time is a sports novel that's about a teen named Daniel, Who is journalist that follows the a high school football team named Lincoln Mustangs. While Daniel is editor for the mustangs Daniel was able to record all the football games by going to them. The mustangs were winning and that was suspicious because ever since a new football player came to the team they have started to win that new comer name was Angel archangel. Daniel and his friend and co worker try to find is there a secret b ...more
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