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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,210 ratings  ·  363 reviews
Levi was simple, like a child. It was the best thing about him, and it was the worst, too. 

When high school senior Jonas moves to Seattle, he is glad to meet Levi, a nice, soft-spoken guy and fellow basketball player. Suspense builds like a slow drumbeat as readers start to smell a rat in Ryan Hartwell, a charismatic basketball coach and sexual predator. When Levi reluctan
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Elizabeth (Elzburg)
RTC. Until then, my notes:
• this book has the most actual playtime out of any sports novel I've ever read so far
• i really dislike the really short chapters
• i really dislike the juvenile writing style, however it does perfectly match the main character
• i'm in actual mourning after the author *major spoiler* (view spoiler). That monster. i read it while i was foam rolling and had to shove my kobo away and get up to take a walk. i actually cried so much and so har
Phil Jensen
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
My least favorite of the three Deuker books I've read. The characters and situations were so convenient that the whole thing felt like a puppet show. It was like Deuker wrote the ending first and then just plugged in whatever would get him there the fastest.

In Gym Candy, Deuker painted a picture of a person making bad choices and doing bad things for reasons that the reader did not agree with, but could understand. It set up a great, conflicted feeling, and it drove the story. The characters in
Caleb Deacon
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Swagger by Carl Deuker. I thought the book was very interesting and very surprising. Their were many exciting parts of the book. This book was around 300 pages and fit in plenty of detail in the book. Like at the beginning of the book, he told me where his family lived Seattle and how his mom is a barber and his dad was a construction worker. It’s rare for some books to explain a lot immediately. I’ve never read a book by Carl Deuker, but I think I’m going to read another one of his books. I see ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading the book “Swagger” by Carl Deuker. In this basketball based book the main character in this book Jonas, a star stunning point guard, has earned a scholarship to Monitor College for basketball, but soon he has to work harder to keep chasing that goal. Soon after he moves to Seattle and now must adapt to the environment. Once there, he makes friends with a neighbor named Levi, and they soon grow closer and closer as friends. He has to try and work even harder than before, to mai ...more
J. Taylor
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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Billy Newman
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good and hard to put down. There were no slow parts and new things were always happening. In the end, it did get sad, but overall this book is a five-star read.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Swagger is a realistic fiction book by Carl Deuker, this harrowing story entails the struggles and adventures of a highschool point guard named Jonas. One of my favorite parts is when coach Knecht has to leave during the fourth quarter of the Garfield game and Jonas finally has a chance to show his skills, I like this part because it really shows that Jonas should be starting, it is also a very revealing part of the story. I would recommned this book to anyone who loves sports and great story b ...more
Lonna Pierce
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very different sports novel about a talented point guard, Jonas Dolan, from a blue collar family, who gets an unexpected chance at a college basketball scholarship if he can improve his slacker academics. Enter 6'6" Levi Rawdon, a shy forward from a strict, religious family who becomes Jonas's friend and teammate. Summer basketball scout, Mr. Hartwell, appears to be the ideal new high school coach as he tutors Levi, shows Jonas how to cheat at chemistry, invites the team to beer and mo ...more
Inesh Gogineni
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Olivia Hennis

Jonas Dolan is a shockingly levelheaded kid when it comes to following his heart, the truth, and his dreams. It is easy to understand how Jonas and his friends are seduced into less than stellar situations, including watching R-rated movies, drinking beer, and cheating. When Levi entrusts Jonas with the secret of Hartwell’s sexual abuse, Jonas starts to question the effervescent young coach.

Something that readers who are abuse survivors will appreciate is how subtly Levi shares his trau
Richie Partington
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, box4
Richie's Picks: SWAGGER by Carl Deuker, Houghton Mifflin, November 2013, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-547-97459-0

"God is a concept by which we measure our pain." -- John Lennon (1970)

"Once I discovered he was [a forward] on the Harding High team, questions jumped into my mind. Did Harding have a point guard? Could the guy shoot? Could he pass? Could he run a fast break? Did I have a chance to beat him out for the starting spot? I didn't ask Levi any of them. I didn't know him well enough, not then. Bes
Jediael Lorenzo
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
My final book I read over the summer wa Swagger by Carl Deuker. The book is about a high school point guard who moves schools to try and get college offers. Jonas meets a kid named Levi who also plays on the basketball team. Together they face challenges like there strict coach and grades. This book does have some bad language but overall it was a solid read and I would recommend if you want an easy interesting read.
Dillon Liskai
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
"He said that God had a plan for all of us and that sometimes that plan was a mystery, and this is where faith came in" (Deuker 267). I knew from the opening introduction that there was going to be some form of conflict in the story, but I didn't know when that conflict was going to occur. Sure, when Jonas began to cheat in his chemistry class that could be chalked up as a conflict, but it never felt like one. Turns out, it wasn't the main conflict. In fact, it was something much bigger that com ...more
Connor Prielipp
Have you ever played the game of Basketball? Well the main character in Swagger loves the game, but he has to make a decision either play basketball or hangout with friends and make poor decisions with their lives. I would compare this story to many other basketball stories, and would recommend this book to anyone who likes basketball.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Swagger is my favorite sportsbook. Out of all the sportsbooks, this is my favorite. At the beginning of the book, the boy moves to a whole new school. He has no faith in himself, he also has no friends. He finally makes a friend from his basketball team from the school. This boy's friend helps him and the boy helps him back. Together they make a great team. When one of them gets sad the other one picks him back up. The lesson learned from this is that you need only one good friend to make the di ...more
Olivia Verboven
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book Swagger by Carl Deuker is a realistic fiction book. This book is about a boy named Jonas who moves to Seattle and meets a boy named Levi that lives down the street. Jonas and Levi both play basketball Jonas was a starter at his old school and hopes to get there at this school too. They are just practicing basketball when they meet a guy named Ryan Hartwell who at the time don't know is the assistant coach at their high school. Season starts Levi is not doing well in school and needs to ...more
Carter Gruver
I thought this book was a very interesting and entertaining book. The plot wouldn't be the same without the setting that's for sure. But overall I think this is a great book to read and you should read it if your into basketball! ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is really good and if you're looking for a book that talks about hard work this is the book and also has good drama and a suspenseful ending. ...more
Andrew 2/3
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Swagger is a very entertaining book and describes a lot of modern day teen problems. This book is recommended for me.
Oct 21, 2020 added it
I really like this book and you like basketball I recommend reading this book
A book about or involving a sport.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I would for sure give it five stars. Even if you are not into sports this is a good book for you. It tells a story of a boy who has to go through some struggles but manages to do what is right. It is a great book and I recommend it to anyone.
Logan S
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read. It had a lot of action and movement. Jonas was a nice, athletic teenager. He also was with Levi and also went to play basketball at Green Lake or outside. He never took a day off of basketball in the summer. His team made it to the championship game and won. They hosted a celebration after the game. But it was a sad part were Levi was missing and so was Jonas's truck. The police were looking for him but they couldn't find him. But Jonas knew where he was. The police ...more
George Bielizna
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personally, I have read many of Carl Deuker's books in the past and if you're someone who enjoys a well written sports narrative that also includes life lessons, then Swagger's a great place to start. Deuker is a go to writer for sports inspired books. He is accurate, descriptive, and always throws in some moral dilemma.

The book begins with a detailed description of our main character. Jonas is a short, stocky point guard for his high school team, and at first, thought his skills weren't god eno
Rohan Taylor
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book report is for Rebecca Orana English IV. The name of the book is Swagger By Carl Deuker. There is 297 pages and the publisher is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I decided to read this book because I like reality stories. A story that can actually happen in real life is enjoyable for me to read.
Jonas is the main character in this book he is a basketball player who has a chance for a full ride scholarship but has to move due to his family and is nervous about life and basketball in a ne
Michael Hickey
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ms. Yingling
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jonas likes to play basketball, but he doesn't have any great aspirations. He is an average student, and his father does okay working at a sand and gravel company. His coach thinks his game has improved to the point where he might be considered for a "B" university, and sure enough, Coach Richter contacts him and lets Jonas know that if he can meet certain academic requirements during his senior year, he could have a scholarship. At the same time, however, his father is injured at work, and his ...more
Elijah Erickson
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Kyle Escotf
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The main characters in this adventure, realistic fiction, and mystery book are Levi, Jonas, and Ryan Hartwell. The author of this book Swagger is Carl Dueker. Jonas is a basketball player who is getting a scholarship offer from Monitor College. The high school he is now attending is Harding. Jonas's family is moving to Seattle because his dad got fried from his job and his dad has got a job with his uncle in a Seattle restaurant. Jonas is worried because he has to get good grades in a new school ...more
Thomas Schneider
Oct 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
(Personal Response)
I thought the book was boring because of all of the basketball scenes. The main character seemed too motivated and I thought that was one of the most annoying thing. The last hundred pages of the book had the most interesting content in it. The best part of this book is when it ended why did I read through this I don't even know.
The plot of the story mostly consisted of the main character Jonas getting into a college and moving to a new town and meeting new people. The c
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