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Heat by Mike Lupica

Heat (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Mike Lupica

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Authors:Mike Lupica
Info:Puffin (2007), Paperback, 240 pages
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Heat by Mike Lupica (2005)

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This book is about a young little league baseball player who is dealing with much more than just baseball. His family escaped from Cuba. He is 12 years old and is recently orphaned living with his older brother who is only 17. He is a great baseball player and opposing coaches think he is too good to be 12. He has no birth certificate and is afraid he will be sent back to Cuba. I would use this book to teach about family and show that some have it worse off than they might. It could also be used to teach about immigration and a realistic fiction story that deals with that.
  Jordan.Francies | Nov 29, 2016 |
  mrsforrest | Dec 13, 2014 |
Heat tells the story of a 12 year old boy named Michael Arroyo, who is living in New York City with his brother Carlos. Michael is from Cuba and is living in the United States illegally, so he can't let anyone find out that he is an illegal immigrant. However, Michael plays baseball to try and escape from his poor life, and he is so good that some coaches begin to question his age. Michael's birth certificate is back in Cuba, so he has no way of proving to these coaches that he is actually 12 years old. This situation only gets worse because Michael knows that if anyone finds out he is an illegal immigrant, he will be deported back to Cuba, where he has an even worse life. However, Michael is able to overcome this problem and he leads his Little League baseball team to victory and an eventual appearance in Yankee Stadium. ( )
  dberk3 | Jan 23, 2014 |
Heat was the first of many Mike Lupica novels I've read. Lupica creates a fantastic story about a twelve year old boy, Michael, who is a sublime pitcher for his little league baseball team. Set near old Yankee Stadium, Michael is surrounded by baseball; it is practically his life. From Cuba, baseball is all Michael has ever known and dreams of playing professional ball. Michael is such a talented pitcher for his team that many coaches suspected he was older than the little league baseball legal age of twelve. Michael was in a quandary; he had no access to his birth certificate which would prove his age. This is a pretty common theme in Little League baseball today. There have been a myriad of kids who have been accused of changing their birth certificates and pretending to be younger than they really are. This prevalent theme and Lupica's ability to put the reader into Michael's shoes creates a riveting, fictional story about a boy's dreams and childhood. This book is a must-read for all young baseball fans. ( )
  jkoreen | Jan 22, 2014 |
I would recommend this book Heat by Mike Lupica is a great book if you enjoy reading about baseball. If not, you might find this book not very interesting.
This book is about a boy named Michael and his brother Carlos who immigrated to New York City from Cuba with their father. Michael grew up playing baseball and he is the star pitcher of his Little League baseball team. Michael was such a good pitcher, that some coaches started to get suspicious of the twelve-year-old's real age. Many coaches thought he was older than twelve. The coaches who agreed signed a petition to get the birth certificate of him to prove his age. There was just one problem: nobody Michael or Carlos knew had access to it.
When I read that a bunch of adults were accusing a twelve year old of cheating in Little League by being older than twelve, I was shocked that people who were supposed to be mature, especially in a game for kids, were doing something like this. This was my favorite part in the book because it made me want to keep reading and I never wanted to put the book down. The best part during that was when Michael's favorite baseball player presented him with his birth certificate in the middle of the championship game that determined if Michael's baseball team, The Clippers, made it into the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. In the end, this book ended up to be pretty good and I would give it four out of five stars.
  br14mema | Oct 31, 2013 |
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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
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Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. 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.

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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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