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Grade 6–8—Lupica delivers another smooth, well-paced, character-driven novel. Thirteen-year-old Nate Brodie's life would seem to be the stuff of adolescent boys' dreams: he is the star quarterback of his school football team and has a great relationship with his best friend and soulmate, Abby McCall. However, all is not smooth sailing. The Brodies are in danger of losing their home in the economic downturn, and Abby's eyesight is failing due to a rare congenital disease. Nate thinks he may have the opportunity to solve all of his problems when he wins the chance to make a million dollars by throwing a football through a small target during halftime at a pro football game. Unfortunately, his quarterbacking skills suddenly and mysteriously desert him just as he is preparing for his big moment. With the support of his family and friends, he fights his way back and regains the confidence he needs to face the challenges in his life. While the serious issues raised about the effects of economic uncertainty on families are resolved a tad too easily, youngsters are likely to accept this as just a good, entertaining read.—Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT
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“Lupica's football action engages, and his delineation of the athlete's thought process and emotional highs and lows of competition feels visceral and real.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Lupica explores the themes of believing in yourself and handling pressure. Teens who love sports fiction . . . will find this book a rapid, enjoyable read.” –VOYA
 
“Lupica injects plenty of suspenseful sports action into the plot and creates a cast of uniformly likable characters whose faith in teamwork and in each other ultimately earns handsome rewards for all. A natural for graduates of Matt Christopher's sports stories.” –Booklist         

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 0960 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142415588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142415580
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Lupica is one of the most prominent sports writers in America. His longevity at the top of his field is based on his experience and insider's knowledge, coupled with a provocative presentation that takes an uncompromising look at the tumultuous world of professional sports. Today he is a syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, which includes his popular "Shooting from the Lip" column, which appears every Sunday. He began his newspaper career covering the New York Knicks for the New York Post at age 23. He became the youngest columnist ever at a New York paper with the New York Daily News, which he joined in 1977. For more than 30 years, Lupica has added magazines, novels, sports biographies, other non-fiction books on sports, as well as television to his professional resume. For the past fifteen years, he has been a TV anchor for ESPN's The Sports Reporters. He also hosted his own program, The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN2. In 1987, Lupica launched "The Sporting Life" column in Esquire magazine. He has published articles in other magazines, including Sport, World Tennis, Tennis, Golf Digest, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, Men's Journal and Parade. He has received numerous honors, including the 2003 Jim Murray Award from the National Football Foundation. Mike Lupica co-wrote autobiographies with Reggie Jackson and Bill Parcells, collaborated with noted author and screenwriter, William Goldman on Wait Till Next Year, and wrote The Summer of '98, Mad as Hell: How Sports Got Away from the Fans and How We Get It Back and Shooting From the Lip, a collection of columns. In addition, he has written a number of novels, including Dead Air, Extra Credits, Limited Partner, Jump, Full Court Press, Red Zone, Too Far and national bestsellers Wild Pitch and Bump and Run. Dead Air was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Mystery and became a CBS television move, "Money, Power, Murder" to which Lupica contributed the teleplay. Over the years he has been a regular on the CBS Morning News, Good Morning America and The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour. On the radio, he has made frequent appearances on Imus in the Morning since the early 1980s. His previous young adult novels, Travel Team, Heat, Miracle on 49th Street, and the summer hit for 2007, Summer Ball, have shot up the New York Times bestseller list. Lupica is also what he describes as a "serial Little League coach," a youth basketball coach, and a soccer coach for his four children, three sons and a daughter. He and his family live in Connecticut.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Ziinojr on November 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Travel TeamHeatThe Big FieldSummer BallMiracle on 49th Street
Nate Brodie is the star quarterback of his eighth-grade football team,nicknamed
"Brady"because of his golden throwing arm and his being Tom Brady's biggest fan.
One day he goes to buy a special autographed Brady football,and enters a contest where he wins the chance to throw a pass through a target for one million dollars at halftime of the New England Patriots'Thanksgiving night game.But Nate's got big personal problems.His dad's out of a job,his family going to lose their home,and
best pal Abby is going blind.Then his arm deserts him.Can Nate fix things and triumph on his big night?Mike Lupica tells you-brilliantly-in this deeply moving story that is a winner in every way.A strong and solidly-crafted plot,with
beautifully drawn characters.Adults and kids will both really enjoy this.
It is Mike Lupica's masterpiece!
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on November 3, 2009
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Not only did thirteen-year-old Nate Brodie have an extraordinary throwing arm, he also had a deep sense of compassion and empathy. So when his best friend Abby started to lose her vision to a retinal disease, Nate struggled desperately to support her in any way he could. When Nate's father lost his job at the large commercial real estate company and both his parents had to take on multiple lower-paying jobs, Nate did his best to accept their new schedules and the difficulties they had making it to his games.

He could even come to terms with the placement of their house on the market because of the pressure his family was under, pressure his dad blamed on "never having enough money and starting to think you're never going to have enough again." When Nate won a raffle giving him a chance to win a million dollars by throwing a football through a target at an upcoming Patriots game, he realized the prize money could solve all his family's financial problems. Everyone around him knew he had the raw talent to make that throw, but Nate started losing confidence when he allowed all the worries and the pressure to get inside his head and in the way of his magic arm.

How would he make that million-dollar throw if he could not even keep his position as starting quarterback on the school team? This riveting sports novel is bound to grab the attention of young readers seeking strong characters and an interesting plot. Thrown into the mix is an important lesson in economics related to the constraints placed by a tighter budget on a family's purchasing power and ability to spend time with each other. The book will undoubtedly meet the high standards that kids now expect from a Mike Lupika novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on January 14, 2015
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In Mike Lupica's thrilling book, Nate Brodie, is the star quarterback on his eighth grade football team. Everybody calls him Brady because of Nate's a huge fan of Tom Brady. Nate's best friend named Abby, is going blind but loves to support Nate. There is this contest and Brady enters it and wins it but has to go to New England to throw a ball through hoop to win a million dollars and a signed football from Tom Brady, Nate's idol. There is a couple .problems though, Nate's dad, lost his job, and Nate's family has to sell the house, and Abby is completely blind, and is uncertain if she will be able to make the game so she could support Nate while he made his throw. It turns out Abby is able to go and Nate makes the throw and wins the million dollars! He also wins a signed football from Tom Brady, his idol!
I chose this book because I love sports and I love to read about them. I would highly recommend this book if you are also a sports lover. I thought it was great book because it shows that dreams sometimes do come true. It was also an easy read and very hard to put down, I just wanted to keep reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.K. on August 21, 2014
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Obvious to write, but Iike an errant pass, story misses its mark. Not enough football and too much loss, sorrow, and suffering of the protagonist and those close to him. Star QB is in passing slump as various increasingly depressing life events of those around him present challenges to him, a slump which goes on for meticulously described game after meticulously described game after meticulously described game after meticulously described game.
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What I like about books by Mike Lupica, such as Million Dollar Throw, is that each story plot involves a character I can certainly relate to. I'm not into football like this Nate Brodie, but I do play baseball, basketball, and tennis. I've read other books of Lupica's about athletic kids who are confident, positive, and determined about making baseball and basketball teams as well as balancing life at home and school with their families and friends.
The first book I read by Mike Lupica was Hero. The plot of a 14-year-old named Zach, living with his family on 5th Avenue in New York City really touched me. Zach investigating the scene where his father was killed in a plane crash, learning that it wasn't accidental but homicidal made things heat up for action taking. That's what made me inspired by Lupica's material(s). It's very intriguing.
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By Tyler on August 11, 2014
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Mike Lupica is my favorite author because most of his book are about believing. In this case it is a thirteen year old boy who gets picked out of a raffle to try to win a million dollars by making a football go through a 28 inch hole. My favorite part about it is that there is a girl named Abby who is losing her seeing ability. Will Nate win all the prize money?What will he use the money for? Find out when you read Million Dollar Throw.
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