Gym Candy, by Carl Deuker

Gym CandyMike wanted to be a football star just like his dad whose newspaper clippings plaster the walls of their home.  Now in high school, Mike is on track to become that star.  However, self doubt creeps in when he learns the truth about his father’s football career and just maybe he needs a bit of an edge to guarantee his success on the field. He finds it in “gym candy” but gets more than he bargained for.  A story as charging as first and ten on the goal line, it is guaranteed to appeal to both teens and adults. Gym Candy was first recommended to a children’s librarian by a seventh grader.