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The #1 New York Times bestseller inspired by the true-life story of a former little leaguer

Twelve-year-old Michael Arroyo lives in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, home of his heroes, but a place that might as well be on a different continent since he can't afford to see the inside. He also lives in the shadows of his Bronx neighborhood, hiding from the bill collectors and the officials who would separate him from his seventeen-year-old brother if they knew the two boys were living on their own. Baseball is Michael's only salvation, along with his dream of playing in the Little League World Series--until a rival accuses Michael of being older than the league limit. With no parents and a birth certificate that is stuck in his native Cuba, the shadows in Michael's life grow darker. But that is when heroes emerge, and for Michael, heroes don't come any bigger than the Yankees.

Praise for HEAT

* "The dialogue crackles, and the rich cast of supporting characters nearly steals the show. Top-notch entertainment in the Carl Hiaasen mold."-- Booklist, starred review

"Lupica scores another hit with this warmhearted novel."-- School Library Journal

"[C]onvincing characterization and exciting on-field action help Lupica throw out a baseball story with heart."-- Publisher's Weekly
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9780399243011
Branch Call Number: j F LUPICA M
Characteristics: 220 pages ; 24 cm.


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Apr 06, 2017

This book is really entertaining. Classic Mike Lupica...actually most of the book is pretty sad, but everybody likes happy endings right:)

GallaBoy07 Apr 10, 2014

This book is really entertaining and I think anyone who has not read Mike Lupica's novels should because he is one of my top and favorite authors.

lovescars26 Jun 22, 2012

I really love this book because again i love baseball and i love the charters because i can feel the message he is letting out in this book it's not just a other book READ IT

Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

i really didnt like this book even though my teacher told me to read it with my book club

Sep 02, 2009

I was really surprised by this book, expecting a decent sports story and finding not just very good sports fiction, but good fiction, period--not just about baseball, but about the experience of being an undocumented kid in the U.S. Well done!


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Apr 06, 2017

I_Am_The_Batman thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18

RobertELPL Mar 04, 2017

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

lovescars26 Jun 22, 2012

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Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

I have finished the book called, “Heat” by Lupica Mike a realistic-fiction book. In this book the central idea or main idea is that it is about this boy Ramon he went around town stealing peoples stuff, he runs fast so when the fat cop tried to get him down he had easily escaped; however, when Ramon was running through the park there was kids playing baseball so the kids turned and looked to see what was happening. The kids saw the cop behind them, the cop was also shouting stop so the kids heard it and turned to Ramon he was just about to get away when the pitcher threw the baseball ball at his head and Ramon fell on the ground and the cop got him in hand cuffs so he won’t go anywhere or escape again. What Ramon stole was a ladies purse and inside the ladies purse was lunch money that he had robed. Ramon got sent to jail and the kid who threw the baseball ball at him did not get any punishment even though he hurt him in the head and the pitcher didn’t know that kid that was running away. He was trying to help the cop get the thief because it was against the law that you can not steal in any conditions.


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lovescars26 Jun 22, 2012

"90 it was really 90"


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