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What would you give to be your school's superstar? After reading Dr. Faustus, Joe considers the merits of selling his soul to the devil. Suddenly, he finds himself changing from a lousy basketball player and a C student to the star athlete he always dreamed he could be. Even though he isn't sure if he actually made a deal with the devil, he can't help but enjoy the benefit ...more
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Published September 1st 1991 by Harper Teen
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Borax
Mar 02, 2014 Borax rated it it was amazing
OK...I am not a "sports literature" guy...nor am I a basketball fan...but this book is really about engaging characters...and don't let the title fool you...it really ISN'T about a face off with Satan (I don't want to spoil...but a lot of what drives the book is paranoia and anxiety).

What I loved most about this book...and the reason I am giving it 5 stars...is because it is the BEST YA BOOK I HAVE READ TO DATE. Drugs? no! Rape? no! Swearing? no! (I'm not a prude...but I HATE IT that so many YA
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Hunter A.
Mar 09, 2015 Hunter A. rated it it was amazing
Joe and his family have never seen eye to eye. Just as soon as things are starting to work out his family moves to Seattle. Joe's life is now at an all time low. He is just a C student and a Junior Varsity basketball player. But is all starts to change when Joe reads about his ancestor who had sold his soul to the devil for 24 years of power. It is then when Joe decides to follow in his ancestor's steps. He is now a straight A student and the best thing about it is he is now a starting Varsity p ...more
Brady Otto
Oct 20, 2014 Brady Otto rated it it was amazing

On The Devils Court by Carl Deuker, the main character Joe Faust shows a variety of positive and negative traits. Throughout the book Joe shows that he has intelligence, and athletism. The downside is he lacks confidence and happiness. "My whole life is one short, boring story of mediocrity." (Deuker. pg 2). That's a statement from Joe that straight up says his life is boring and plain. If you're not enjoying life your obviously not happy. On a brighter side Joe says "Once in my room I stood be
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Sebit Yasir
Oct 08, 2014 Sebit Yasir rated it it was amazing
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If you like basketball and drama then…..READ THIS BOOK!!! This story goes in the life of Joe Faustus. A 17 year old basketball player that is the son of one of the most influential and respected men in the world. Going to Stanford has always been a dream of Joes….no actually it’s Joes’ fathers’ dream for Joe to go to Stanford. He wants to make his father proud, but at the same time he’s not as smart as his father ever was. He doesn’t want to be a scientist, he wants to be a ballplayer.
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Johnny Steinwart
Mar 04, 2014 Johnny Steinwart rated it it was amazing
The purpose of this book is to entertain readers about basketball, as well as the fears of moving to a new school. The main character in this book, Joe Faust, has a father who is successful in whatever he does, and he does not feel he is impressing his dad with his basketball talents. Many teenagers experience this, and many other things that happen in this book.

The theme of this book is not directly stated, but it is implied that the theme is that you can become talented at things that you wor
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Chris Bowser
Feb 25, 2015 Chris Bowser rated it really liked it
The book "On the Devil's Court" is a fiction book and the setting is placed is Seattle, Washington. The characters in the book are Joe Faust , Dr.Faustus , Joe's Mom , Joe's Dad. The conflict of this book is that Joe plays basketball and is taking this sport really serious and that is all he wants to do but Joe's Father thinks other wise , Joe's father wants Joe to be an Architect or a lawyer and so they argue about that almost everyday about his future but Joe's father just does not understand ...more
Jared S.
May 20, 2015 Jared S. rated it really liked it
I am not into books about sports as much as I am about playing sports. Sport books really disinterest me, but this book was actually not that bad! I love the game of basketball, but I love playing the game rather than reading a story about it. I thought it was a good book, this is why I gave the book four stars. My friend recommended this book to me, and I would recommend this book to people who are into sports, like me, but still like a good story to read about. In the beginning this book start ...more
Jared
May 20, 2015 Jared rated it really liked it
I am not into books about sports as much as I am about playing sports. Sport books really disinterest me, but this book was actually not that bad! I love the game of basketball, but I love playing the game rather than reading a story about it. I thought it was a good book, this is why I gave the book four stars. My friend recommended this book to me, and I would recommend this book to people who are into sports, like me, but still like a good story to read about. In the beginning this book start ...more
John Paul
Sep 29, 2014 John Paul rated it really liked it
I really liked the book. I liked how this kid name Joe was having a bad relationship with his dad. His dad wanted him to study hard and get good grades, his dad also wanted him to go to private schools. Joe didn't like the idea, he was more like a basketball person than a kid that loves to study and get good grades, he also wants to go to public schools rather than private schools. Then one day he started being a lousy basketball player and so one day he found a rusty old gymnasium. Then randoml ...more
Mason
Jan 21, 2014 Mason rated it it was amazing
Q3: #1

Key Issues: Some key issues are when Joe must move to Seattle and start all over. He must make new friends also decide whether to go to Emerson a private school, or Loyal High a public school. Another key issue is Joe doesn’t know whether to go to school for basketball or to focus on his education. His dad is a scientist and wants Joe to focus on education. Joe wants to focus on basketball. There is many more key issues some involve evil force.

Main Character Info:

Joe Faust is a sixteen-y
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Mar 23, 2016 Salaar Williams is currently reading it
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Michael Mcdaid
This was an alright sports book. It focuses on a son and father relationship. And also brings up the Doctor Faustus account of selling your soul to the devil.
But the book kind of glosses over that aspect and really doesn't make you think to hard about the consequences. Or does it delve into that much. It just seems like a strange circumstance that happens to main charcter.
Minor characters seem mostly like filler and the main character is not as developed as I would like. I thought the Ross sto
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J 5Selvera
Oct 02, 2015 J 5Selvera rated it really liked it
Joe, the main character of the novel frequently expresses qualities of determination and perseverance, however he is also very naïve, making some of his actions seem foolish to the reader. Joe desires nothing more than to be a basketball star and despite his lack of height and extreme athleticism, he still performs at a decent level of play by training hard and perfecting every part of his game to the best of his ability. His extreme determination is displayed most vividly during his training, i ...more
Gereth Bushong
I liked this book, it was about a boy that moved to Seattle and his dad always made him go to a private school. It was his senior year so his mom and dad were going to let him choose between a private or public school. But Luke got into trouble at a party so his family forced him to go to private school. He was bummed because he didn't think their basketball team would be as good as the private school's but come to find out it was better. That only meant that he had to work his tail off to make ...more
Matt Jackson
Dec 07, 2014 Matt Jackson rated it it was amazing
The author’s purpose of this book was to entertain readers. This book is a combination of family, friends, school, and basketball. The main character, Joe Faust, has always tried to impress his father, even though they both haven’t always seen eye to eye. Moving to a new place, and going to a new school will be hard for Joe trying to make new friends, and especially good friends. I think many kids can relate to this book, because teenage years can be difficult at times.

I think the theme of thi
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Anthony Silva
Dec 06, 2010 Anthony Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" This book is about how a teenage boy that just moved from Boston to Seattle. His Dad is the winner of the Laskar Award. Joe is looking for a new beginning and he needs to choose between a public or a private school to attend. Joe is A tallented baske ...more This book is about how a teenage boy that just moved from Boston to Seattle. His Dad is the winner of the Laskar Award. Joe is looking for a new beginning and he needs to choose between a public or a private school to attend. Joe is A tall ...more
Curtis
Oct 19, 2011 Curtis rated it it was amazing
Curtis Powell
Mrs. Romaniuk and Mr. Moyer
Book Review #1
30 September 2011
ON THE DEVIL’S COURT:
Looks are deceiving
On the devil’s court is a good book. The book is by Carl Deuker. This book when I read the back of the book, the book got me thinking like I should read this book. In the book the characters is Joe, his mom who is an artist, his dad who is a scientist, john who’s good at basketball. Is Joe’s teammate. Joe is a senior in high school .He is moving to Seattle and he wants to fit in. So he
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Curtis Powell
Sep 29, 2011 Curtis Powell rated it really liked it
Curtis Powell
Mrs. Romaniuk and Mr. Moyer
Book Review #1
30 September 2011
ON THE DEVIL’S COURT:

On the devil’s court is a good book. The book is by Carl Deuker. This book when I read the back of the book, the book got me thinking like I should read this book. In the book the characters is Joe, his mom who is an artist, his dad who is a scientist, john who’s good at basketball. Is Joe’s teammate. Joe is a senior in high school .He is moving to Seattle and he wants to fit in. So he joins the varsity
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Joy
Nov 15, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it
I love the literary allusion to Goethe's Faust, which raises the question, "What would it take for you to sell your soul to the devil?" Throughout the story, the protagonist, Joe, deals with being the son of extraordinary people with high expectations. He feels he cannot fulfill these expectations because he is not artistic like his mother nor scientific like his father. One thing that Joe is great at is basketball.

In private schools, Joe was used to being the best ball player. When his family
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Sam Goshen
May 29, 2012 Sam Goshen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4th-quarter
On the devil's court is a great book that always keeps you thinking. I never knew if his bet with the devil was fake or if it was real. This book explains the character's feelings really well and you feel like you are in the story. There is a lot of basketball action and suspenseful moments where you don't know what will happen next. Each of the characters has something different about them and are like real people.
On the Devil's Court is about a high school boy who really dreams about being a
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Zach Ross
The author's purpose in writing this book was to engross audiences in his version of a story that has been told over hundreds of years. The main plot to this book was Joe, the main character, sold his sole to the devil so that he could experience happiness and success for a short period of time. Of course, this success did not last for very long and he found out that working through a hard time is better and more effective than finding a short cut. This is the same story that has been told for a ...more
Amolak Sidhu
Dec 15, 2013 Amolak Sidhu is currently reading it
The book On the Devils Court by Carl Deuker was a very interesting book. A boy from Boston, Massachusetts loves to play basketball. His father is a very successful man and always was. The son isn't as smart as the father would like so they don't get along as well as they should. He has always went to a private school and plays basketball for the school team. He is the really only player that cares about the team. All the others are to worried about homework and school. Later the fathers job gets ...more
Parker Young
Nov 06, 2013 Parker Young rated it it was amazing

Parker Young
Mrs.Dunlavey
October 30
4th hour
English 301

If you want a sports book with a bit of attitude then I recommend this book. It’s about a young boy who believes he isn’t good enough to play basketball in Seattle; so he turns to the devil for help by having him give his power for twenty-four games.

In my opinion the book needs a sequel. It left you wondering what happened after it ended. I’m a huge basketball fan; so I might find it more enjoyable then others, however, if you are only mode
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Jeremy Walder
Dec 11, 2013 Jeremy Walder rated it liked it
Jeremy Walder
12-12-13
1st hour
Book review.

The book On the Devil’s Court is about a high school student about my age; his name is Joseph Faust. The story starts just shortly after his family moved from Boston to Washington. They moved because Joseph’s father was given a job at the University of Washington as the head of the Genetics department. Since his father was smart as a kid and is still very intelligent he wants his son to have a good education. So he sends his son to a private school, were
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Reed Frerichs
Sep 30, 2013 Reed Frerichs rated it really liked it
The way I picked this book is I saw it on the shelf at the library and the title and cover looked interesting. This story takes place in Washington state in the Seattle area. The main character of the story is Joe. Joe is a senior in high school and is just moving to the area from the Boston area. Joe is having problems with his dad, his basketball abilities, and the struggle of moving to a new area and making new friends. But to fix all of this Joe regrettably makes a deal with the devil to giv ...more
Chelsea Mejia
Oct 06, 2013 Chelsea Mejia rated it liked it
On The Devils Court by Carl Deuker, takes place on the devils court for Joe. Joe has never succeeded at anything until he made a deal with the devil. Everything has chenged for him. All of a sudden everything seems out of place and weird for him. Like he doesn't belong in his own body and as if he weren't doing the things he was doing. Joe is playing varsity basketball which he wished on doing but didn't think was possible. He use to be a C student and now he gets straight A's. He's also popula ...more
Jacari Lenoir
Dec 12, 2013 Jacari Lenoir rated it really liked it
The author, Dueker, thought about the myth. "Selling your soul to the devil.", and made a novel of a teenage boy named Joe is willing to do just about anything to have a perfect basketball season. So he feels that he sold his sold to the devil.
What I liked about this book was how he was playing after he thought he sold his sold his soul to the devil. He was having unbelievable games! Going 100% from the 3pt line and all! What basketball player wont love that? What I also liked was that the auth
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Hunter G
Dec 19, 2013 Hunter G rated it it was amazing
Carl Deukers book, On the Devils Court was a great read and I would say it was the best book I have ever read. After reading the book On the Devils Court I liked the book the whole time because all of the action that was happening. I would recommend this book for a teenage to younger adult male that likes sports and is interested in them. Also teenage guys that are going through a rough time with their family and sports. The story is about a teenage kid who LOVES the game of basketball, but he i ...more
Mehmed
May 22, 2013 Mehmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mehmed by: Ms.Kim
Shelves:
The book by Carl Deuker "On the devil’s court" is a great book to read.By reading the summery in the back of the book I felt like this would be a great book to read. The summery in the back encouraged me to read further about it. The characters in the book are Joe his mom and his father. This book is about how a teenage boy that just moved from Boston to Seattle. Joe is looking for a new beginning and he needs to choose between a public or a private school to attend. Joe is a talented basketball ...more
Jeffrey
Jan 30, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jeffrey by: Carl Dueker (from inside Painting the Black)
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