HEAT by Mike Lupica


Age Range: 10 & up


Michael Arroyo’s left arm is “a gift from the gods.” His Papi would say, “Someday, you will make it to the World Series.” Michael has grown up the object of his father’s dreams, but what he loved most was just playing catch with his father in Cuba and, now, playing pickup games with his friends in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Lurking behind the scenes is the issue of Michael’s real age and whether he’s really eligible to play in the Little League World Series, if his team makes it that far. Lupica follows his bestselling Travel Team (2004) with another winner. He has the veteran sportswriter’s gift of dialogue and muscular prose, employed well in creating believable characters and well-developed action scenes. The story culminates in a tear-jerking scene with Michael on the mound in Yankee Stadium, making this work an irresistible treat for sports fans. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-399-24301-1
Page count: 324pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2006


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