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High Heat

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  457 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Like the game of baseball, life is quirky and unpredictable, as Shane Hunter discovers in the spring of his sophomore year. Suddenly and without warning his life of privilege is turned upside down. And just as suddenly, life begins to seem utterly without fairness or purpose to him.
Exciting, well-written sports scenes transport readers right into the stands while complex i...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 21st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Adam Krause
The book "High Heat" by Carl Deuker was a great read. Shane Hunter had it all: he was a talented baseball pitcher, had supportive and wealthy parents, and a private education. However, after his father faced legal problems, he took his own life. Shane was forced to leave these luxuries after his father's death and downsized to a much different life. He was a struggling baseball player, poor status, small apartment, and the difficulty of making positive friends in a new public school. With a comp...more
Olivia Frank
High Heat was about a baseball player that has a privileged life until his father gets into some trouble. His father made a lot of money but illegally. He got caught but instead of going to jail he went a different direction. After his fathers death, Shane had to move schools and houses. His mom didn't make enough money to provide for him and his sister. They moved schools while he was there he made some not so good friends that got him in some deep trouble. Him and his friends stole beer from a...more
Feb 08, 2013 Sarah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Why are all the baseball books about pitchers? I want one about catchers!!!
Aleksandr D
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Danny S
I thought the book really showed how sports and life really collided and how when you're playing sports, what happening to you outside of sports can really effect your performance. In this instance, Shane's baseball performance was being effected by his dad killing himself and hitting one of his former teammates that he disliked. This led to his emotions and feelings getting to him when he played and couldn't concentrate due to these distractions. Overall, this was very well written book that in...more
Evan Slominski
High Heat
The most popular kid in school and the star pitcher for the best private school on the east coast. Shane Hunter’s life is turned upside down. It all starts when his dad is accused of a crime involved with drugs and Mexican drug lords. Shane family just falls to pieces after the accusation of the crime. His dad is always gone now with his lawyer and his mother starts smoking again. His little sister stops going to friend’s houses and stays at home. Until one night something makes it eve...more
Michael Morabito
This book was really good and it was about sports and I really like sports so this was a good book for me. I liked this book because it connected baseball and the main character's life as he struggles after his dad's suicide.This book was awesome and I would recommend this book to other people.
Ryan Cullinan
I recently finished reading the book High Heat, written by Carl Deuker. It was a story about a high school baseball player named Shane who had a great life. He was a star pitcher for his baseball high school team, he had a nice house, and family. But when his dad was arrested an later commited suicide, Shane's life was turned upside down. He had to go to a new house, a new school, and had to face many new problems. One major problem he faced was when he hit an opposing player in the head with a...more
Chris Motta
The theme of this book is fiction. Shane the main character is a high school closer for their baseball team. He is one of the top players and loves winning. But his life is about to take a turn when his dad is accused of a crime. Nothing is the same in Shane's life and he feels that he doesn't want to play baseball anymore or if he even feels that he can. But Shane overcomes this incident and recovers and is back to playing baseball.

The conflict in this book is man vs. self because he is tryin...more
Riley Nordquist
Riley Nordquist Per. 2 350 Pages

Shane Hunter is an all star closer in baseball. He has it all. A nice house. A nice family. But his life turns upside down when his father is arrestd and later kills himself. Shane then turns to a life of drugs and crime. But with a little help from friends and coaches Shane is back striking kids out and he even earns a college scholarship.

I have never read a book where a character has killed themself before so it was really unexpected and the author did a great j...more
Brandon Willard
The Genre of High Heat by Carl Dueker is fiction. I chose this book because i like to read sports books. I also chose it because I like to play baseball and this book was about baseball. The protagonist of this book is Shane Hunter. Some supporting characters are his mom and sister. Shane has four people in his family. His mom, his dad, and his sister Marian. In the beginning of this book shane is playing baseball at Shorelake High School. He is living with his family in a big fancy house in a n...more
Sean C.
High Heat
Carl Deuker
352 Pages

High Heat is about a teenager named Shane Hunter who is living the high life, star pitcher for his high school team, nice house and more. He had a dad who worked at a Lexus dealer and thats is why they were pretty wealthy until at one of Shane's games some officers pull up and arrest his dad, at the time Shane doesn't know what is going on but his dad was helping smuggle drugs through the dealership. His dad said its wasn't true, but during one of Sh...more
Jake Lehmann
High Heat was honestly the best book I have ever read! The story is about a sophmore kid named Shane who's father was evicted of a crime and later shot himself... At that point I started to really get interested in this sports/drama book. Shane and his family later became poor in a way since his fathers suicide. His mom had to a job that pays enough to live inside a duplex. Shane also had to move schools; which wasn't very easy. Going from a private to a public school. I wouldn't know but I'm su...more
Blake Bergmann
The author's puprose of writing was to show that anyone can over come anything. In this book, a kid named Shane, was a star pitcher on his baseball team. At one of Shane's games, Shane's dad had been arrested. He was arrest for stealing, even though he said he didn't do it. A few weeks later, Shane's father had committed suicide. The next year, he hit a kid with a pitch. Kid would never be as good as he was because he was scared to bat. Shane was also scared to pitch. His senior year, he domina...more
Casey Mcguire
Main Characters: Shane Hunter, Mrs. Hunter, Reese Robertson

Setting: Setting varies from the baseball field to Shane's home, school and neighborhood

Grade/Interest Level: Middle Grades
Reading Level: 620 L
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Shane Hunter had it all: he was a talented baseball pitcher, had supportive and wealthy parents, a large home, and a private education. However, after his father faced legal problems and took his own life, Shane's world turned upside down. Shane was forced to leave...more
This book so far has been very emotional in describing characters. It stars a high school athlete name Shane who gets everything in life handed to him and anything he wanted. But when his father does something wrong his world is changed completely. No more mansion, no more private school and no more father. "High Heat" shows you the troubles in a teen's life and how he solves them. This book really brings into detail what the character is thinking or feeling either figuratively or literally. Al...more
High Heat by Carl Deuker is a well written book that really teaches the reader life lessons while keeping them interested in the story.
This book is about a boy named Shane who loves to play baseball. Shane has a great life with lots of friends. He also lives in a giant house and goes to a rich private school. One day Shane’s life dramatically when his father gets arrested because of his illegal job and eventually commits suicide. After his father’s arrest, Shane and his family lose everything. T...more
Jun 04, 2013 Patrick marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Dear Mr. Andrew Karre,
I have played baseball ever since I can remember, from practicing in my backyard to playing on the field. Ever since I was a kid I just wanted to play the position of pitcher, I would spend hours outside in my backyard, pitching into a bale of hay. The hay helped catch the ball so I didn’t have to keep running after it. I found myself relating to Seth in your book high heat, we both have a passion for pitching a fast ball. I remember going to the fair once a year to see ho...more
Tom K
The Genre of High Heat by Carl Dueker is fiction. I chose this book because i like to read sports books. I also chose it because I like to play baseball and this book was about baseball. The protagonist of this book is Shane Hunter. Some supporting characters are his mom and sister. Shane has four people in his family. His mom, his dad, and his sister Marian. In the beginning of this book shane is playing baseball at Shorelake High School. He is living with his family in a big fancy house in a n...more
Taylar Schmitt
This is a book written by Carl Ducker, and the name of the book is, High Heat. I really liked this book. It was a book that I got into and read quickly. it was very interesting, and I could see how some people could relate to it. The book's main character is Shane Hunte. Shane's family is very wealthy and Shane is very good at baseball. Shane's dad owns a car dealership. One day and Shane's game he is arrested and charged with money laundering. He ends up commiting suicide leaving Shane, his mom...more
Shane Hunter goes to Lakeshore High; he is a pitcher for his baseball team. While at the game his dad is taken by the police. After a couple days after all this trouble, his dad is out of the picture, this you’ll have to read to find out. So as his dad is out of the picture, he has no male figure to look up at any more. The income at home isn’t as much so his mom sells their massive house and Shane, Marian (sister) and his mom move into a small duplex in the city. He is forced to move from his...more
Bethany Miller
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Shane Hunter lives a privileged life. He has a great house, a great family, and goes to a great school. On top of that he is the best closing pitcher for baseball anyone has seen in high school in a long time. But that all changes when the police show up to arrest his father.

Shane's life changes quickly and dramatically. He resents his new life and starts to fall into bad habits with bad people. But there is still hope for Shane. He has a strong group of people trying to help him, he just needs...more
Kody Kirby
This book is a book writen by Carl Deuker its title is High Heat. Over all I really liked this bool because it kind of tied into my life and the way I played baseball and i could relate to that. This is a book about Shane Hunter who is born out to be a rich kid superstar that plays for the private school Shorelake High. But it turns out that his dad was selling cars to drug dealers and money laundering. His dead ended up shooting himself because of the stress and forcing the kids into a city hom...more
Jun 01, 2008 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shane is a very talented pitcher on his high school team. He is the star closer where his fastballs are close to unhittable. He seemed to be on the top of the world right now. Then, his father is charged with helping drug sellers by laundering money for them. His father then sucides and Shane's life is changed even more. They sold their house and went to a housing project held by the government. Shane's carefree and easy life has just become harder and Shane doesn't seem to be able to adopt or a...more
Jacob Green
Shane Hunter is a talented pitcher on his high school baseball team. He has a nice house, loving family, and goes to a nice school. Things quickly turn around for Shane, as his father is arrested, then shortly after commits suicide. High Heat explains the story of his recovery from the tragedy.
Justin Haffield
This kid is a star closer for his high school baseball team. He throws 90 while everyone else is throwing their dinky little fastballs. But his world is rocked when his father committs suicide and he loses everything in his life. His family has to move into a smaller home and he starts getting into some bad things in his new public high school.
Carl Dueker is one of my favorite authors. He's actually real with what some people go through and he incorporates sports with it. I think people might w...more
Amanda Gibson
Shane Hunter was an all-star pitcher for his sophmore baseball team. However, numerous things changed once his dad got arrested for money laundering at his Lexus dealership. Shane is then faced with the problems that his father has caused, pressure from the team, and the on-going struggles that every teenager comes across. Students will be able to relate to this book because it deals with a high school student and they will be able to understand some of the issues that he is faced with. However,...more
Shane, the main character is tough at times, a baby at times, and everywhere in between. He receives judgement when his father is arrested and later commits suicide. I can understand why he does not behave as normal. I think he is not smart for quitting baseball. It is the only thing that seems to keep him out of trouble. Also, the annoying kid that moved in named Reese, was hit on purpose That is just my opinion. I feel like it is important for Shane to get over hitting him because he will neve...more
I think the main character, Shane Hunter, was the best character that I read from this whole book. True, there were other outstanding characters, but he stands out the most. He had a pretty harsh life in middle school, which all started with his dad's arrest and then suicide. Shane loved baseball, but with that event, he started to lose his cool and his skills. But as time goes on, he starts to becoming back to what he used to be, and be the best he can be. he had a major accident with another p...more
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