by Mike Lupica

Hardcover, 2006



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Philomel (2006), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 220 pages. $16.99.


Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

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220 p.; 9.32 inches

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LibraryThing member knielsen83
There is nothing better than a good ending and that is what this book had. I loved the character Michael and his awkwardness towards girls, his love for baseball, and the background that he came from. It's refreshing to read a book that is positive, with only some conflict occurring, and really
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makes you think the best of people. And, of course, it involves baseball, which was interesting to read about, since I don't think I've read a baseball novel since I was a kid.
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LibraryThing member WillaCather
Michael Arroyo is 12 years old and looking forward to the district Little League finals. He's such a good pitcher, that the other teams question his age. He needs a birth certificate to prove his age, but that was left behind when he and his family fled Cuba. When Michael can't show a legal birth
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certificate, he is forced to sit out, but that's not the only thing that's going wrong. Michael and his brother are keeping a terrible secret, and they don't know if they can keep it any longer. I am not a sports fan, but I loved this book. The characters are so believable, and you just want things to turn out OK for Michael. If you love baseball, this is the book for you.
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LibraryThing member JRlibrary
Michael lives alone with his brother Carlos. The two boys and their dad came from Cuba, but their dad died. The boys keep the death a secret because Carlos is not 18, which means Michael would go into foster care. The boys fear authority. Michael adores a player named El Grande, and he has a sudden
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attraction to a mysterious girl who suddenly appears. A great multi-level story which could be enjoyed by both genders. I'd use the part where the girl appears as a read aloud to hook readers.
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LibraryThing member bw23
a fantabulous book reccomended for teenagers about a young kid who loves baseball.
LibraryThing member YV21
I really enjoyed this book because I could never just put it down. Sooner or later in the book you will get absorbed into it. Michael Arroyo loves baseball and is too good. So rival coaches have to make sure that he is the proper age. Things get very complicated.
LibraryThing member dogjeans96
Meet Micheal Arroyo, star of the local little league team, amazing pitcher, came from Cuba. The only problem? His father is dead. He lives with his brother, who tries to act like the dad takes care of all of the bills, which are piling up. Why do they have nobody to take care of them? Because no
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one knows that they have no father. But it gets worse when Micheal can't play on his team when he throws a curveball at a kid.
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LibraryThing member megscully
This is about a young boy, Miguel (Michael) Arroyo who loves to play baseball. He is a natural at the sport. But later his father dies and he needs to come up with a birth certificate in order to play in the little league play-offs.
Michael is 12 years old and is a native of Cuba. He came
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over just a couple months before his father pasted. He is changing throughout the book when he starts becoming interested in girls.
I am able to relate to this book because baseball for Michael is like swimming for me. It's a release, where I can clear my head and think.
I have like this book so much. I'm so excited to finish it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves baseball or sports in general.
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LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
Twelve-year-old Cuban-American baseball star Michael Arroyo hides the fact that his father has died so that he won't have to become a ward of the state. When his age is questioned and he must come up with his birth certificate, he and his older brother have to figure out how to get it from Cuba
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while avoiding the "Official Persons" that might put them in the foster care system. Non-stop action and tons of baseball lingo makes this a must for sports fans. The ending is a bit too perfect, but this would make great light summer reading.
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LibraryThing member rpultusk
This is the story of Michael Arroyo, a twelve year old Cuban immigrant who has been living with his seventeen year old brother since his father passed away several months ago. However, the boys have not told anyone (except for one trusted friend and one trusted neighbor) that they are orphans
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because they do not want to be sent to separate foster homes. Michael, however, is an extremely talented Little League pitcher with hopes of going to the Little League World Series. When opposing coaches petition to have Michael submit a birth certificate to prove that he is not too old to play in Little League, he is not only forced to stop playing baseball, but is also worried about the "Official People" finding out the truth about him and his brother.

This novel is set in the Bronx: usually on a neighborhood baseball diamond or around Yankee Stadium. The author's use of extremely technical baseball language might be problematic for readers who do not have a solid understanding of baseball and related terms. There are also occasional Spanish words and phrases, but they are always translated in context. The plot is fairly predictable and has an extremely happy, if unlikely, fairy tale ending.

Highly recommended for elementary school (upper elementary), middle school, and high school libraries.
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LibraryThing member snapplechick
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I was surprised because I'm not a sports fan, but Lupica does it again. It's a great book for sprots fans and non alike. GReat plot and interesting characters- and a happy ending!
LibraryThing member npl
Having fled Cuba with his family, Michael Arroyo has one dream – to pitch in the Little League World Series at Yankee Stadium. Michael’s team mates and family bring this fast-past story to life with their dialogue and spirit. Although his books do not form a series, most of Lupica’s works
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deal with sports and the teens who play them.
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LibraryThing member stonelaura
Yankee Stadium – the iconic (and now purely symbolic) baseball park where the likes of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio have played. Twelve-year-old Cuban immigrant Michael Aroyo has grown up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. He can hear the crowd roar when El Grande, the Yankee’s
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powerful Cuban pitcher, throws another strike. He can watch the crowds go in and out, but he can’t afford to enter the great stadium himself, especially now that it’s only himself and his seventeen-year-old brother Carlos at home. Michael knows that he has the potential to be one of the greatest little league pitchers ever. He knows he has the potential to lead his team to the little league world series. He knows his team should be playing their final division game inside the hallowed walls of Yankee Stadium. Yet, here he is, standing on the sidelines watching his team struggle without him. It turns out that another team has contested Michael’s age and Carlos can’t seem to find the birth certificate. If only they could ask Poppy. If only they could hide there secret until the end of the season.
With wit and charm Mike Lupica, who specializes in sports-themed stories, creates a full cast of believable characters who hinder and help Michael in his quest to become the next El Grande and to achieve his dream. There’s wise-cracking catcher Manny, who always has Michael’s back; old Mrs. C. who supplies more than the occasional meal; snarky Justin who’ll do almost anything to get Michael off the mound; and mysterious Ellie, who seems to only show up when El Grande in on the Yankee’s roster. The author has a great talent for combining tons of baseball details with fun dialogue and real emotion to create a full and entertaining story. Even people who don’t like baseball will like Heat by Mike Lupica.
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LibraryThing member sauvec.2016
This was the best book i ever read! it tells about a cuban 12 year old baseball player who can throw an 80 MPH fastball and is kicked out of little leage team and trys to get back in. It is a great book if you love baseball as much as i do.
LibraryThing member Mrs.Williams
Great book. Really well written in a baseball perspective but also comes with a interesting story line. A must read for sport fans.
LibraryThing member harrisw4
Michael Arroyo is a kid that was born in Cuba. He snuck in the United States with his Dad and brother. He has a great arm and a possible future as Major League Baseball player. However, he has a big family secret. This secret affects how long he can stay in the country. It also affects him playing
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in the Little League World Series. The book describes the highs and lows of getting to that game.
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LibraryThing member crimson_idealist
Summary: Michael is a very good baseball player, but his past comes into question when others think he's too good.

Evaluation: Boys would love this story. Michael is an average kid who comes from poor stock. He has to overcome that and trust in his pitching ability to realize his dreams. Michael is
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written very well and felt like an average 12-year-old. Pre-teen boys would be able to identify.
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LibraryThing member mcconaghy18638
this is the greatest sports book I have ever read. The way micheal finds himself in a day-to-day struggle and somehow manages to come out alive just amazes me
LibraryThing member irishwasherwoman
Michael (Miguel) Arroyo is a transplant from Cuba with a heck of a pitching arm. He is the star of his Little League team, which is hanging on him their hopes of getting to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. Michael has a secret to keep, which becomes even more complicated when his
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true age is questioned by coaches from opposing teams. He also has a love interest which has a suprising twist, as help comes from some unexpected all star sources.
The quip-loaded dialog between Michael and his best friend Manny gives the plot in this book the driving force that it needs to hit a home run.
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LibraryThing member AnCy0712
Heat has a story line that seems it could be bad, but it happened out way different then I thought. The whole book is based on a small time period, and Mike Lupica did a great job throwing in suprises.
LibraryThing member Lizzybeth23
This book is an amazing story in which a young boy and his brother must lie to keep all they hold dear.
LibraryThing member br13jowe
A 12 year old Cuban boy named Michael (Miguel in cuban) Arroyo is a baseball sensation for his New York district little league all star team. The other coaches take an interest in him because he throws too hard to be that young. When they send a letter to the Little League commissioner and he finds
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that Michael doesn’t have a birth certificate on record so he can’t play.
This book was short but great. I really like Mike Lupica’s style of writing because it always makes me think. Like in this story it made me think “How would I feel if I was 12 and my dad died?” It’s hard to write a good sports story but Mike Lupica always does it. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves baseball or sports in general.
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LibraryThing member DaQwertyRock
It touches your heart, mind, and soul. 5 stars, best book ever. Michael Arroyo shows the true meaning of baseball.
LibraryThing member caitlinbennison
Michael Arroyo is a young man (and a new immigrant from Cuba), and his father has just passed away. His brother Carlos is with him in New York City, but they do not have proof of their age, nor do they have their birth certificates. When a question of Michael's age comes up, his friend's uncle,
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Timo, agrees to pretend to be his father. After some various trouble, he finally gets his official birth certificate, thanks to the help of friends. Despite living next to the stadium, Michael had never been inside Yankee stadium for a game. Michael finally gets to go to a game inside Yankee Stadium instead of listening to it on the radio.
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LibraryThing member ctmsdali
Baseball can be a whole lot more than just a game. It can be a job, a hobbie, and most little leage players play for fun, but still want to win. In Michael Arroyo's case its different.It's not just about baseball it about more than just a game.
Growing up a yankees fan in New York he always dreamed
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of going to a game, he can't afford it. He has a chance to play on the field. He has to lead his team to the district championship and have a chance to play in the littke league world series. There is only one problem. The coaches on the other team think michael's to old to play. Kind of like another Almonte story. Danny Almonte was an allstar pitch from the Dominican that they found was to old.
I thought this was another well written book by Mike Lupica.I couldn't put this book down as i read it. It was Another great book by the same author of the NewYork Times best selling book Ttravel Team.
I recomend this book to anybody who wants to read a great baseball story that you wont want to put down till the last page.I would give this book a four and a half star rating out of five. for ose of you who read it, you will realize Michaels beats more than just the other teams on the field.
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LibraryThing member keithhutch
i like this book a lot




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