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Painting The Black

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  368 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
In his senior year of high school, late-bloomer Ryan Ward has just begun to feel the magic of baseball. The magic of catching a wicked slider, of throwing a runner out, of training hard and pushing his limits. Giving up baseball would be like getting off the most exciting ride of his life. But when one of his teammates clearly pushes the limits too far, Ryan is faced with ...more
Library Binding, 248 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Turtleback Books (first published April 28th 1997)
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Sujit Bajaj
Jun 04, 2014 Sujit Bajaj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a baseball player named Ryan Ward, who was a senior at Seattle's Crown Hill high school. He did not play baseball for five years after having an ankle injury. Later, he has a neighbor named Josh Daniels move in across the street. Josh Daniels is a great sports player. He played football in the fall. Ryan starts to practice baseball with him because Josh is a great baseball, and he starts playing baseball again. Ryan builds strength and improves his skills from that. Then in the spring, ...more
Louis Knecht
May 15, 2016 Louis Knecht rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I thought that the book Painting the Black was very good. It was very exciting and had very good story line. Overall, it was a great book and made me want to keep reading it to the very end.

In this book there are a lot of interesting things that happened in the plot. The main character's name was Ryan. As a kid he was a great athlete and the star of every team. Where he lived he usually didn't have neighbors his same age. Every once in awhile someone would move in but
Jul 17, 2009 Cherylann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I'm not typically a big fan of books that revolve around sports - probably because I'm not a big fan of professional/team sports. Painting the Black is different. The book really hinges on a decision that Ryan, the protagonist, needs to make. The backdrop for this decision is the game of baseball. It's as much a character driven novel as it is a sports novel. It was an interesting read (if I skipped the baseball stuff). I think it will help young adults look at how their decisions affect others ...more
Ben Mailhot
Oct 22, 2015 Ben Mailhot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sport lovers
Recommended to Ben by: sport lovers

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My thoughts of Painting the Black

“If we’d made the state tournament, if they could have seen me against the best, I’d have a lock on it.” This is the quote that Ryan said when he wanted to win the state championship. This essay will be about how I thought the book was and how the author made the story more intriguing to the readers, and how the author revealed messages to the reader about honesty, and courage. Also this book is about teenage s
Branden Zeledon
Apr 29, 2016 Branden Zeledon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book 'Painting the black' by Carl Deuker is about a senior in high school, named Ryan Ward, who has always wanted to play baseball, but believes that he isn't good enough to be on any team. One night, he meets his new neighbor, Josh, who will soon teach him how to open up to people, and to try joining the baseball team in order to "push his own limits," but after joining the team, Josh ends up pushing his limits too far. The story follows Ryan and his own perspective of high school, and bein ...more
Roman Ringoringo
So basically the book Painting the Black by Carl Deuker which was published in 1997 is about a guy named Ryan, who is extremely quiet and shy and cannot come up to the front of the class to save his life. Then his future best friend Josh comes in his class on the first day of his senior year. During their friendship they face all sorts of obstacles, whether if it involved both of them or just a personal problem. Yet throughout the book it shows the bond that they create. Although it’ll also show ...more
Johnny Steinwart
The author's purpose for writing Painting The Black is to entertain readers about baseball and the struggles of a high-school boy. Carl Deuker's books are always very entertaining, and can relate to high-school athletes, especially boys. Deuker does a fantastic job of connecting sports and life all into one story, especially in this book.

The theme of this book is first, to work hard for your goals, and if you really set your mind on something, you can achieve it. In this book, a boy has the pas
Mar 24, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An overlooked gem of the young adult world, this was once recommended to me by a professor in library school & I finally picked it up in a late reaction. Better late than never. I think everyone who knows me knows I am not a huge sports fan, and in fact know almost nothing about sports, but Carl Deuker's novel is more about moral issues and that weird, transformative last year of high school than it is about anything to do with sports.

What the professor said that made me want to read it is
Gavin Smith
Oct 15, 2015 Gavin Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Painting the Black by Carl Deuker is about a high school kid named Ryan Ward, he is a senior at Seattle's Crown Hill High School. He was a baseball player. He had an ankle injury and couldn’t play baseball for 5 years. One day a kid named Josh Daniels moved in across the street, he was a really good baseball player, he was a pitcher. They didn’t play very much in the beginning because Josh had football. Josh and him start to play baseball a lot together because Josh is a really good bas ...more
Jackson Sulllivan
Nov 04, 2014 Jackson Sulllivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a high school kid named Ryan Ward, Ryan was in his senior year and was a baseball player. he didn't play baseball for about 5 years because of an ankle injury. A few weeks before school started a kid named Josh moved in across the street for Ryan. Josh was the same age as Ryan, but Josh played football and baseball. Josh was a all around player. Him and Josh started to play baseball before school started and Ryan was thinking that he might be interested to play baseball again. For awh ...more
Clayton Cooper
Nov 30, 2016 Clayton Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My book Painting The Black by: Carl Deuker is an amazing book about a boy in Seattle Washington who hurt his ankle when he was little and didn't think he could ever play baseball again. In his small neighborhood there were never any kids to play with and he often went unnoticed at school. That was until someone moved in across the street a boy his age named Josh. Josh was a stand out in the crowd he was amazing at football and baseball and he is the reason Ryan got back into baseball. One day co ...more
Jan 26, 2017 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the fiction book Painting The Black by Carl Deuker I thought this book was so interesting and suspenseful and it also had some plot twist. In the plot I like how it was about sports and how it went from trading from baseball to then football then back into baseball where they started the season. I also liked how there were bumps and plot twist in the book. Although I didn't like how the book ended with a cliff hanger. I liked how the author put it in first person from the main characters poin ...more
Jack K
Nov 08, 2012 Jack K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the book was amazing. A lot of mystery and problems people had, and how they got through it. The book was about a boy name ryan, who lives in Seattle and is a senior at Crown Hill High.
One day , ryan went up to his room to go to sleep, when he notice a moving truck pulling in to the house across the street, as he was watching, a boy about his age step out of the car and started loading boxes into the new house. Ryan new they were just moving into the neighborhood. The next day, Ryan wen
Sandra Strange
The title refers to a pitcher’s ability to skim the very edge of the outside of the base to make the pitch questionable--strike or ball, a good metaphor for the antagonist’s actions. Ryan Ward, who lost all confidence when a devastating accident crushes his athletic ability, begins to play baseball again his senior year when charismatic football/baseball star, Josh moves in across the street and begins practicing with Ryan. However, Ryan’s friendship with Josh presents him with a crucial moral d ...more
Kody Kirby
May 29, 2013 Kody Kirby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Painting the black was about Ryan and Josh making the baseball team and carrying the team to the State tournament. Well Ryan had only played in little league and then broke both his ankles and was told he would never be able to play again. Well his life changed when Josh moved in across the street. They went every day to the park and threw and hit. Well it turned out Josh was a super star pitcher and he talked Ryan into catching him. Ryan kept trying and trying finally he could handle Joshes bes ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Cat. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, children-ya
An excellent YA book, about baseball, integrity, and friendship. "Painting the black" is a term explaining how pitchers throw so close to the outside of the 'box' that the ump can't really tell if pitches are strikes or not. It's a way for the pitcher to control the game that's every-so-slightly shady.

The story is about Ryan, who gets back into baseball after a 5-year absence because of his new neighbor who is an amazing athlete (football and baseball). Unfortunately, he's also very aware of ho
Matt B
Nov 07, 2012 Matt B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a semi-interesting read. I'm not a huge sports fan, and I didn't find this book to be too appealing. Its morals are good to follow, but some of the twists are cliché and didn't pull me into the story, unlike some other books. I didn't like the author's way of showing who the characters are. The story was boring, and wasn't one of those books you can dive into. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't too good.

Ryan Ward, a senior in high-school, begins to play baseball for the first time since
Sam Hoffmann
Aug 30, 2012 Sam Hoffmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Painting the Black is a fantastic book by Carl Deuker. If you love to play baseball or watch sports you are sure to love Painting the Black. Ryan, one of the main characters, trains all winter to make the baseball team. He used to play baseball, but just started playing it again,that summer. Josh, another main character, is a naturally amazing pitcher. He is sure to make the team, but his goal is to help Ryan make the team. Together Josh and Ryan have a goal to win the championship. They know th ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It has alot of Baseball in it which I didn't quite understand. But the plot is amazing and the Ending is great! I will recommend this book to teens about 14 =)
The Charecter I love is Ryan. I hated Josh from the beginning and my opinion about his didn't change much during the book. I was alittle dissapointed with the ending. I really expected Ryan and Monica to meet after the Incident and Monica to thank him personally.
But this ending wasn't that bad either
In conclusion: I love
Mar 26, 2010 Kennyunitas19 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book revealed many things to me as a [person and as a baseball fan. The main character is named Ryan and he lives in Seattle, Washington. a guy named josh moves in and it is an instant classic. Josh and Ryan become good friends and start playing baseball together. The Story goes on about great things with football and how people need to be independent. The story reflects on what friends are like.
Feb 18, 2009 TheSaint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Does the quarterback make a football team, or the pitcher a baseball team? Josh Daniels is both for Crown Hill High, and is their best hope for winning some championships. Painting the Black, by Carl Deuker, is Josh's story, told by Ryan Ward, his friend and best catcher. Ryan has a better season than ever, but he does what he feels is necessary to maintain his own dignity -- at the expense of the team. The descriptions of the football and baseball games are vivid and realistic. Great!
Dec 15, 2015 Weikey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book by Carl Deuker, was a great book. It had great detail in what was happening. Ryan Ward was not happy with his life after an injury that occurred. When Josh moved into town, Ryan's life changed a lot. He became happy when he could play baseball again. Although some events made it hard for Ryan do deal with while playing. He made the right decision in the end. Overall, this book has taught me some life lessons, and it was one of the better books I've read so far.
Michael Scourey
Dec 02, 2012 Michael Scourey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been quite a while since I read this book, but I remember absolutely loving it. Being a baseball fan, I really connected with the characters in the story. When I was thinking of past books I read this one came up near the top of the list. I really want to read this again so that I can soak in the action once more.
Jun 25, 2011 Leeann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read. Ryan is a typical teenager trying to understand how he fits in. It was interesting to watch Ryan and Josh's friendship grow and with it, Ryan's confidence. In the end it's satisfying to see that Ryan's maturity and and new found confidence help him make a choice that will affect everyone and everything around him.
Mar 29, 2016 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a great message considering I had to read this in english class. I only rated this 4 stars because I'm not really into sports books and this was slow for me to read, just my opinion. I'm encouraging others to read it though.
Robert Hargrove
Sep 17, 2010 Robert Hargrove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paiting the black was a book that I could really relate to myself. This book really hit me on alot of personal things in my life. The plot was realistic and good paceform from scene to scene.The characters were all really realistic. I would recomdem this book to anyone.
Ryan is an underachiever of sorts who learns to find his direction through a friendship with Josh, a new kid in the neighborhood and standout jock. Nice to see Ryan’s values and strengths unfold as he finds his principles clashing with Josh’s.
Janelle Revier
Mar 23, 2010 Janelle Revier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jack revier
i enjoyed this book. a great integrity lesson.
Tinae Goodell
Jun 28, 2016 Tinae Goodell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this one. Good ending and still a very good book of his.
Mitch Wylie
It was a great book!
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