Heat (Heat #1)

by Mike Lupica (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Heat
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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.

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Publisher's Weekly

But convincing characterization and exciting on-field action help Lupica (Travel Team ) throw out a baseball story with heart.
Mike Lupica
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.mikelupicabooks.com.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780142407578
Lexile Measure
940L
Guided Reading Level
V
Publisher
Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2007
Series
Heat
Charlotte Award
Winner 2008 - 2008
Young Hoosier Book Award
Nominee 2009 - 2009
Sasquatch Award
Nominee 2010 - 2010

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