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Painting The Black

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  278 ratings  ·  29 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 1997)
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Sujit Bajaj
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
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
Jackson Sulllivan
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
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
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
Jack K
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
Kody Kirby
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Isabella Perry
Reading Painting the Black, I found myself understand more and more that if you work at something, it CAN happen. Main character, Ryan Ward, has experienced just that, as he broke his ankle badly when he was in Little League. However, senior year he's reminded of how much he's missed the game, and he gives it a go. I feel that life should be more like this; more second chances, and less fear. Ryan has proven that anything is possible, even if it's not likely to happen.
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.
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.
Michael Scourey
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.
Robert Hargrove
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.
Keenan R.
I thought this book was very good and I would recommend it to anyone who likes sports or likes to read sports books.
this author is a mostly teenage sports and life problems writer, but if you like that.... READ IT!!!
Very good sports mixed with actual plot and dilemma.
Janelle Revier
Mar 23, 2010 Janelle Revier rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jack revier
i enjoyed this book. a great integrity lesson.
Have to read for school.
Mitch Wylie
It was a great book!
Dec 14, 2011 Nikolas rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children into baseball
just not interesting
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