Search Results: "Mike Lupica"


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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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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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RED ZONE by Mike Lupica
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A novelist forcing cleverness is like a QB forcing throws into double coverage: prospects bleak."
The famed sportswriter's blitz of one-liners sacks his latest football novel. 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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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 >

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SUMMER BALL by Mike Lupica
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Nevertheless, fans of Lupica and John Feinstein will devour this one. (Fiction. 10+)"
Danny Walker returns in this sequel to the popular Travel Team (2004). Read full book review >

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MIRACLE ON 49TH STREET by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Add this to Lupica's Travel Team (2004) and Heat (April 2006) for well-written sports novels with sure-fire fan appeal. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Molly Parker loves "happy-ending fairy-tale" movies such as The Princess Diaries and Miracle on 34th Street. Read full book review >