Heat by Mike Lupica

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Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat along with aspirations of leading his team all the way to the Little League World Series. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated in the foster-care system—or worse, sent back to Cuba. Together, the boys carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. But then someone wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws. With no way to prove his age, no birth certificate, and no parent to fight for his cause, Michael’s secret world is blown wide open, and he discovers that family can come from the most unexpected sources.

Perfect for any Little Leaguer with dreams of making it big--as well as for fans of Mike Lupica's other New York Times bestsellers Travel Team, The Big Field, The Underdogs, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Game Changers series, this cheer-worthy baseball story shows that when the game knocks you down, champions stand tall.
 

About Mike Lupica

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Mike Lupica is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers. His New York Daily News column is syndicated nationally. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. You can visit Mike Lupica at www.mikelupicasbooks.com.
 
Published March 1, 2007 by Puffin Books. 236 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Michael Arroyo's left arm is "a gift from the gods."

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Heat

Publishers Weekly

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It doesn't help that both boys have inadvertently drawn the attention of the police (Michael for helping apprehend a crook, and his older brother Carlos for working for him).

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Afraid they will be split up before Carlos turns 18 and can become Michael's legal guardian, the two have only confided the news of their parent's passing to Michael's supportive best friend and a kind elderly neighbor who looks out for the siblings.

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Teen Ink

This book is a best seller and that is easy to tell if you read the book because it’s such a great book to read.

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USA Today

Youth: Amid unrest in dystopian Chicago, Tris harbors a secret that may help save those she loves;

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Common Sense Media

His father brought Michael and his brother Carlos to America with the hope of seeing Michael pitch in the Little League World Series.

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KidsReads

Manny Cabrera --- Michael's best friend and catcher for his team --- is a richly drawn supporting character;

Apr 11 2006 | Read Full Review of Heat

Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

The older, albeit only slightly, Carlos becomes the father figure for young Michael, taking on multiple jobs to make ends meet, all the while encouraging Michael to fulfill the family’s collective dream of having a child play in the Little League World Series.

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Abby the Librarian

By day, youth librarian in Southern Indiana.

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