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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    My Soul is Yours for a Perfect Season

    A deal with the devil. What would possess someone to make one of these dark pacts? The inability to make friends, an obsession with basketball, a fight with parents? Joe Faust, the lead character in Carl Deuker's first novel, 'On the Devil's Court,' deals with all of these problems. Joe is a high school child who moves from the east coast, Boston, to the west coast, Seattle. Joe is not happy about the move, but knows that he will have a chance of attending a public school for this, his senior year, with the move to a new city. Joe goes to join the pickup basketball games at nearby Loyal High soon after moving and makes an instant friend named Ross. ONe day when returning home from a game, Joe sees his father, a geneticist, talking to reporters and soon learns that his father had won a major award. One reporter wants to interview Joe instead of his parents though, and, suddenly filled with an unexpected anger, he discusses his mother's job sculpting figures of naked men and his quarrels with his father about going to either private or public school. When the paper gets out, Joe's father discovers his control over Joe and allows him to go to a public school, Loyal High, instead of Eastside Academy. However, when Joe has a run-in with the police after getting drunk at a party, his parents change their minds and make him attend Eastside. He has trouble meeting new people at Eastside and his basketball game has taken a turn for the worse. His only escape from his parents griping about his grades and his lack of new friends is playing basketball by himself in and old gym. One day, after being influenced by the famous novel dealing with the power-hungry Dr. Faustus, Joe agrees to give his soul to the devil for a perfect basketball season, despite the fact he quit the school team after being placed on JV. Soon after, a Varsity player gets injured, so the coach bends the rules to bring Joe back. He is the hero in the first game and is placed in the starting lineup. The season goes perfectly, Joe makes friends, and his grades drastically improve. However, he is constantly worried that he may have actually sold his soul to the devil. When his father has a heart attack near the end of the season, Joe believes that the devil's price for the terrific year was his father's life. After the last game, in which the team becomes 24-0, Joe is told that his father has had another heart attack. The following events keep your emotions on a roller coaster ride as his father's condition and the state basketball tournament are in serious doubt. 'On the Devil's Court' is an outstanding novel. The reader is constantly curious about what will come next, not because of suspense but because of how entertaining each and every scene and event is. Many readers can relate to Joe's scenarios, or at least some of them, and in my case, I constantly found myself agreeing with Joe's comments because I had had similar one's in similar situations. Deuker also uses common stereotypes perfectly, especially with Joe's view of his new classmates before he gets to know them. Joe's original comments on the children were classic, but by the end Joe's relationship with them made me feel like I had a relationship with them also. Overall, 'On the Devil's Court' provides the perfect mix of high-school life, suspense, comedy, and basketball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2008

    This book was FANTASTIC!

    Well, I first read Runner by Deuker. And I thought it was fantastic. So, when I found out I had to read another book of his, I thought thought this looked relatively good. Then, when I went to read it, it was a little slow. But by the third chapter, I couldn't put it down. My teacher even gave me a detention because I finished the book while the rest of the class was still on the seventh chapter! This book was thrilling, full of suspence, and it really makes you think about who the devil really is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2004

    wow what a great book

    on the devils court is a great book i trully recommend specially if you like basketball joe dosn't have nothing but all of the sudden he has everything

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    The Truth Sometimes Hurts

    Good book. Would read it again. It's a good story on how you have to be strong on the inside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2001

    From Number 50

    This book was so awesome! If you play, the way you feel on the court is just the way Joe feels on the court. It is unreal to be able to read what you feel for the game in a book written by someone else!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001


    this book is great very hooking and suspenseful. the book is great for people 8 and up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2001

    Great Book

    The book was recommended to me by a friend, I thought, just as he did, that it was great read! Very descriptive and well written, it's better if you play or like basketball. Easy to follow and well worth the 5 bucks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2001

    A season of a life time

    The sciencefiction book, On the Devils Court, is outragestly suspenceful and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Joe finds himself giving up his soul for 1 season of winning. The devil has promised him he would make the team win. This book is thrilling and will make you want more. Everytime you turn the page you find sumthing more interesting. Is Joe making the right decision? Will the devil betray the trade? FInd out by reading ' On the devils Court '

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    On The Devils Court

    It is a good book about a kid named joe!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2000

    This book is very daring but realistic!

    This book is very understandable for sports fans. If it is hard for you to follow basketball games, maybe you shouldn't read it. But for those of you that can, it is a great book and once you commence reading, you get hooked. At least that is what happened to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Joe: Boy Without a Soul

    The gym grew darker, a strange mist began to appear, and Joe sold his soul to the devil. Carl Deuker, a novel writer for young adults, did a great job on writing his first novel, On the Devil's Court, which is based on a boy putting his future in the hands of the devil. Deuker blew me away with his wild imagination. He easily made two completely irrelevant topics come together and make a great novel. Who would have ever thought to compare basketball and the devil? While comparing these two things, Carl Deuker also talked about the classical story of Dr. Faustus, an insane man who sold his soul to the devil for power. Joe Faust was a senior at Eastside Academy in Seattle. Joe was practicing basketball in an old, abandoned gym when a thick mist appeared. As the mist grew thicker, Joe made one beautiful shot after the next. It was unbelievable how well he was playing, and he was even impressed. At the time when the shots were taken, Joe's English class had been reading the classical novel of Dr. Faustus. Because of this coincidence, Joe sold his soul to the devil so he would continue to have such great luck, and so his paranoia began. As the basketball season came to an end, and all of the things that Joe sold his soul to the devil for were coming true, he began to be scared about going to hell. Joe then became extremely troubled, and he even tried to break the spell of the devil himself, but he couldn't. With all the other problems occurring in Joe's life, he didn't know how to handle things anymore, and he thought he was going crazy. I think that On the Devil's Court is the best book that I have read in a long time. Deuker's imagination makes his stories exceptionally interesting, and you can not put the book down, because his novels have many unexpected foreshadows and coincidences. Different actions would also keep occurring throughout the story, the characters were straight forward and easy to follow, and the plot of the story was something that I could relate to my own life, which made the novel even better. For example, I have a friend that thought that he had sold his soul to the devil so he would do well at a big guitar competition and meet his idol, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He ended up winning the competition, and I found this anecdote to be very ironic, because it is suprisingly similar to the whole plot of On the Devil's Court. Deuker's novel was unbelievable, and it is no wonder why this book won Best Young Adult Novel in South Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

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