Carl Deuker

School Library Journal

Wrote in a fast-paced, action-packed, but at the same time reflective style, Deuker uses fewer sports scenes than in his previous novels, and instead uses running as a hook to entice readers into a perceptive coming-of-age novel. A subplot involving Chance's friendship with a wealthy female classmate whose father was a close high school friend of Chance's father is nicely integrated into this timely, compelling story." -Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA" Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

-School Library Journal, June 2005.

The Horn Book Magazine

This is a fast-paced and suspenseful novel.
--Horn Book Magazine
, May 1, 2005.

Will Chance Taylor surive in this terrifying smuggling ring? You will have to wait and see!


RUNNER takes place in modern day Seattle Washington. In Seattle the novel mainly takes place at Shillshole Bay, Mr. Arnolds class, and on Chance's boat the Tiny Dancer.
Runner by Carl Deuker


RUNNER is about a boy name Chance Taylor and his Father. They live a very poor life with minimal money, almost not enough to have food. They live on their boat, the Tiny Dancer on the marina. His whole life turns upside down when he meets a spooky man on the side of the street, he offers him good money in exchange for running packages across town. And in addition to that, not asking any questions and keeping it a complete secret.

Meet the Characters!


Meet the author: Carl Deuker

Carl Deuker was raised in Redwood City, California. His parents are Jack Deuker and Carl Deuker. He later attended the University of California and majored in English at Berkeley. After really getting his life started, he became the father of Marian Deuker. He is currently teaching in the Northshore School District outside of Seattle. Since Carl grew up in the Bay area, he is a long time Giants fan. Another familiar book he wrote was Heart of a Champion. It was awarded the YA (young adult fiction) book of the year in South Carolina.

Meet the Creater! Brittany Windau

Brittany Windau was born on November 22nd and is being raised in Mukwonago Wisconsin. She is a high honor student at Park View Middle School currently. This hard working young teen partakes in many school clubs and activities! She loves to read suspenseful novels in her Language Arts class. On her free time at home, she gets involved in many outdoor activities with her three sisters.