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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 BIG FIELD by Mike Lupica
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"Another gift for the author's many fans. (Fiction. 10+)"
Game by game, Keith Hutchinson's baseball team makes its way to the Florida state championships at Roger Dean Stadium. 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 >

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TOO FAR by Mike Lupica
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 3, 2005

"Lupica (Red Zone, 2003, etc.) hasn't exactly shot the lights out here—plotting goes a bit loose toward the end—but the story is timely and competently told."
The famed sportswriter turns to high-school basketball for his latest and shows he's got some game. 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 >

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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 >