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Payback Time

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  2,842 Ratings  ·  401 Reviews
A mystery-thriller set against the backdrop of high school football and the criminal underworld. A reporter’s job is to find the missing pieces, and the high school journalist Mitch True is on the verge of uncovering those pieces and nailing his first real story. If only he can get the cornerback Angel Marichal to talk. Or Coach McNulty to explain why he never allows Ange
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 06, 2010 Ken rated it really liked it
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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.
Dec 08, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 24, 2014 Iglesias rated it liked it
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
Feb 27, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Austin Coulthard
Oct 03, 2014 Austin Coulthard rated it it was amazing
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Dan Hanlon
Oct 13, 2016 Dan Hanlon rated it really liked it
Book Review of Carl Deuker’s Payback time
In Payback time, the story tells about a teenager at a high school named Mitch and he is a reporter and writer for the school newspaper. There is a new kid who joins the football team that goes by “Angel“. There is no background information about this new kid. Mitch sees him acting odd in school and not wanting to be recognized by anyone. The coach also gives him different numbers for his jersey so people don't know who he is. Anger has great talent on t
Ryan Koelbl
Oct 12, 2016 Ryan Koelbl rated it really liked it
Payback Time is a mystery thriller. It tells the story of a high school sports writer and a photographer who wants to write an exclusive story.
I would recommend this book for 6th graders through college. If you are a football fan this will be the book for you; it will keep you intrigued throughout the entire mystery. If you are not the biggest football fan the mystery part of the story will keep you interested.
This book deserves a solid 4.5. This book really expresses how coaches can respect
Noah Rucks
Oct 07, 2016 Noah Rucks rated it really liked it
I liked the book Payback Time by Carl Deuker, because I related to this book by me playing football. I thought this book was great. I felt like I was there watching the games.

In the book Payback Time they were picking people for a school paper. Mitch got the job of the reporter for the sports section which he thought he would not like, because he wanted the editor position. He went to the football coach, and the coach only wanted the quarterback to be interviewed. The coa
Chase Seliger
Jan 04, 2013 Chase Seliger rated it liked it
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
Kurtis P
I thought it was a great book, very interesting. The author provides very specific details and allows the readers to imagine the story perfectly. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story!
Kyle Sheedy
Sep 22, 2015 Kyle Sheedy rated it liked it
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
Hunter Soerens
Nov 02, 2016 Hunter Soerens rated it really liked it

Pay Back Time

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To me this was a really interesting book. It was very interesting to see how a reporter do their jobs. The one thing i enjoyed was how much excitement was in this book. It was interesting to hear all about college football through a reporter's eyes.

A boy named Mitch is a sophomore at lincoln college. He's waiting for the results of whos the head reporter. The names are called and his name was for sports. Mitch knows nothing about sports, but that's about to
Adam Krause
Mar 21, 2014 Adam Krause rated it really liked it
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
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
Jennifer Lavoie
Jun 29, 2012 Jennifer Lavoie rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2013 Abraham is currently reading it
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
May 23, 2011 Tylor added it
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
Forrest Williams
Nov 08, 2015 Forrest Williams rated it it was amazing
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
Aaron Epperson
Oct 02, 2013 Aaron Epperson rated it it was amazing
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
Jake Lennon
Apr 30, 2015 Jake Lennon rated it really liked it
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
Apr 02, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
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
Dec 12, 2012 Ruairi rated it liked it
This book had a very good plot line that i really enjoyed but it seems that the writer is trying too hard yo keep you interested.
This is about a fat guy who wanted to become a reporter and found this amazing story about a football player who testified against a gang and the gang is trying to find him and kill him and he has to give up his story for the safety of the football player while also doing some pretty amazing stuff
Mar 11, 2013 Ryan rated it it was amazing
I think anybody who likes football should read this book. I think its a very well written book. My favorite character is Mitch. I think this is a good book because of how they explain the scenes they are in. It also does a good job of showing how much determination a young reporter truly needs to be to actually be noticed. The author also did a good job of foreshadowing what is going to happen.
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.
Nov 13, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
Trying to make a name for himself with the school newspaper this brings up the issue of the obligation of the press to protect the innocent.
Cayden Sportell
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Briton Allen
Nov 08, 2016 Briton Allen rated it liked it
Book review
I enjoyed reading this book, my reading expectations we're met, the book was great and interesting with all the themes and shocking experiences that happen in the book. I honestly expected it to be much different I expected it to be all about football and that's the reason why I chose it because I'm a huge football fan. But the book had a little twist to it which I enjoyed not making it just about sports but attempting to uncover a important secret. With this book I had a slight pers
Nov 18, 2016 Brayden rated it really liked it
A novel Payback Time by Carl Deuker, a book I went to the library to get, was the first book I read by the author, and I got really engaged in the book.

In the book, a writer named Mitch would write about sports and keep everyone up to date with sports. Shin, a girl who would take pictures at the sport games, would be on the field taking pictures of the football players. And one day when they went to a football practice they noticed a new kid they seen before. They wondered where he came from,
Nov 01, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it
This book was overall well written but had an abrupt ending. The ending goes deeper than the book. It goes off and talks about Angel and what Mitch thinks happens to him. I think that the message of the end of the book is trying to say how you can know this person and write about them and find out why they are so interesting. Then the next year they leave and you don't always know what happens to them unless you keep in touch with them. I think that Mitch could relate back to a teacher or someon ...more
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