On the Devil's Court presents an intriguing and novel approach to the ancient theme about a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a short time of happiness and success. Prominent authors such as Christopher Marlowe and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have written about this age-old quest for happiness at a price. Deuker has taken the myth and turned it into a very contemporary novel about a teenager who is willing to do just about anything for one great basketball season.

Basketball is the main element in the novel, and contributes much to the excitement and suspense of the story. But the author has done much more than just write another sports novel with vivid and fast moving action. This is also the story of Joe who learns that "magic" is possible through team spirit, friendship, cooperation, and faith in oneself. Yet the haunting question remains: Are there such things as miracles, and how much control does a person really have over his fate?

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