Search Results: "Mike Lupica"


BOOK REVIEW

PLAY MAKERS by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Sports fans will eat it up. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ben McBain and his friends are still celebrating their incredible football championship season (Game Changers, 2012) when the time arrives to prepare for basketball. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"Because he can'') that even the angriest fan will turn away. (First serial to Esquire; author tour)"
Nothing new in this angry diatribe from sports columnist and novelist Lupica (Jump, 1995, etc.): Professional athletes and team owners are arrogant, selfish, and greedy; the fans are fed up; and somebody should do something about it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ONLY GAME by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A lovely nod to Derek Jeter rounds out a winner of a sports novel. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In the opener of a four-book series about kids in the baseball-loving town of Walton, 12-year-old Jack Callahan struggles to square his personal sorrows with his deep love of the game. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAST BREAK by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Nothing groundbreaking here, but Lupica delivers solid sports action and character growth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Jayson, a tough kid from the poor part of Moreland, North Carolina, is sent across town to live with foster parents, where he'll play basketball for a rival team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY LEAGUE by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Lacking the intensity of a sustained drive or the urgency of a fourth-and-long play, the story offers more the feeling of trailing an opponent and deciding to sit on the ball until halftime. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Wish fulfillment is the order of the day in Lupica's latest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUE LEGEND by Mike Lupica
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A solid mix of character-driven realism and basketball action. (Fiction. 12-18)"
In a didactic but well-crafted sports story, a teen basketball phenomenon learns not to take his own superstar future for granted. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAT by Mike Lupica
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"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+)"
Michael Arroyo's left arm is "a gift from the gods." Read full book review >

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TWO-MINUTE DRILL by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Though simply written and predictable, this brisk story of friendship and football will be a huge hit with the target audience. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Scott Parry is the smartest kid in his sixth-grade class and the clumsiest player on the football team. Read full book review >

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THE UNDERDOGS by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Authenticity and texture combined with well-paced football action make for another solid outing from Lupica. (Fiction 10-14)"
A 12-year-old halfback with a huge passion for football fights to keep his team on the field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAST MAN OUT by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Believable pain and recovery against a solid football backdrop. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle school football player grieves his father's death both on and off the field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 1999

"Nevertheless, in the real world, players and owners aren't ready to 'reclaim' the fans—or claim anything, for that matter, except poverty when contract negotiations or public stadium referendums come around each year."
The renowned sportswriter strikes out in this treacly paean to fathers, sons, and America's (presumed) national pasttime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GAME CHANGERS by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Readers who, like Ben, live and breathe football, will enjoy. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Ben's love of football forces him to overcome his disappointment at losing the role of starting quarterback to the coach's son. Read full book review >