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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; 1 edition (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399244883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399244889
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9–Molly Parker, 12, lives in Boston with her recently deceased mother's best friend and family. She is on a mission to meet the Celtics' star player, Josh Cameron, to tell him that she is his daughter. With the help of her friend Sam, she sneaks into the athlete's car so that they will have the opportunity to talk. Self-centered Josh is skeptical of her claim, yet spends time with her. However, his sinister agent, Bobby, worries that knowledge of Molly's existence will destroy his client's clean-cut image, and he tells her to get lost. She almost despairs of ever convincing Josh of their relationship before she moves to California with her new family. But after finding an encouraging note her mother had left, she travels to New York, where Josh has a game, and the two reconcile at the Rockefeller Center skating rink. Lupica creates intriguing, complex characters in Molly, Sam, and Josh, and he paces his story well, with enough twists and cliff-hangers to keep the pages turning. Molly's relationships with others in Josh's life, such as a teammate and his housekeeper, contrast nicely with her up-and-down relationship with her father. In spite of a few implausible events, some sentimentality, and a bit of predictability, this is an entertaining work. The strong female character and the basketball tie-in will expand its appeal.–Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
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From Booklist

When 12-year-old Molly Parker returns to America from England following her mother's death from cancer, she harbors a secret: her father is the star point guard of the Boston Celtics, Josh Cameron. Molly confronts Josh, who reacts with ambivalence to the sudden news that he is a father, but as their relationship grows, he seems to want to make Molly part of his life. Still, he also seems worried about his good-guy, bachelor image. Adding further pressure to the situation are his warmhearted housekeeper and greedy, image-conscious agent. Despite a sentimental ending, Lupica delivers a winning novel, creating a realistic character in Molly by authentically capturing both her fragility and pluck. Young readers will also enjoy the look inside Josh's pampered sports-superstar world. Ostensibly sports fiction, this could attract a wide range of readers. Todd Morning
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More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Read this book it had s good ending.
Peggy Ann Johnson
Also I love how the author created such detail in every character.
mj lezanic
I have read most, if not all, of Mike Lupicas young adults books.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Galardi on December 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I AM THE FATHER OF 2 BOYS AND BOUGHT THIS BOOK FOR MY 11 AND 14 YEAR OLD..I READ IT FIRST AND COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN..THE STORY PULLS YOU IN AND IS HEARTWARMING..THE CHARACTERS, AS WITH ALL OF LUPICA'S BOOKS, ARE DRAWN FROM REAL LIFE AND ARE FLESHED OUT..THERE IS NO GENDER OR AGE THAT WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK MORE..IT IS A LOVELY READ WITH SOME FAST PACED SPORTS SCENES..LUPICA HAS FILLED THE YOUNG ADULT SPORTS' BOOK VOID LIKE SANTA'S SLEIGH ON CHRISTMAS EVE..DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND BUY ONE OR 20 AND GIVE THEM AS GIFTS TO YOUR KIDS' TEACHERS AND FRIENDS...IT IS A SURE-FIRE WINNER!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Ziinojr on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Miracle on 49th Street" is another literary triumph for Mike Lupica.This is a sweet,gentle story done to perfection.Molly Parker sets out to find her long estranged father,NBA/Boston Celtics star

Josh Cameron,after her mother dies.When she turns up and confronts at a team event,Josh at first refuses to believe that she's his daughter.But Molly perseveres,and what

follows is a sweet,funny,and touching story of two similar people getting to know each other.The best thing about the book is how skillfully Lupica

develops the growing relationship between father and daughter.He writes

beautifully,and once again shows himself to be a master of character

development.His people are real,flesh and blood,three dimensional human

beings who instantly grab the reader and hold interest in the story from start to finish.Molly and Josh really are father and daughter.They are THAT much alike-smart,strong,no-nonsense,yet also sweet and loving under

that tough exterior.It's wonderful to watch each discover that the other is not what they seem to be at first.Sam and Mattie are every inch their equals,hoots to boot,and they almost steal the book.Forget the age range

for this lovely story-it's for EVERYONE!Enjoy!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! I have read Heat (also by Mike Lupica) and thought this was worlds better. I was in tears at many parts of the book, and I really loved Molly. I really liked how Josh Cameron was written, so that the reader always saw Josh the same way Molly does (except for 1 part) I think this is a definite Newberry contender!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend thihs book for anyone that likes sports. Specificly if you enjoy basketball and the Boston Celtics. This book is about a girl 13 years old finding her real father.Her mom had just dies and she is living with her moms' best friend from college. Right before she died her mother wrote her a letter saying who her real father is.

The girl is determind to get this NBA superstar to believe her that he is her real father. The NBA player Josh Cameron believe they should get a DNA test to see if it is true. The girl Molly won't allow them to get a DNA test. This is because she wants him to want her to be his daughter all by himself which he has never wanted anything but basketball. I really enjoyed reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
The clock is running down as Josh Cameron makes a move on his guy. He jukes him out, squares up and shoots. He makes the basket and the crowd goes wild. The refs had to review the play because they didn't know if the ball left his hand before the buzzer or not. Would they win the game or not? Read Miracle on 49th Street if you want to know if it left his hand or not before the buzzer.
Molly, the main character, told her caretaker she was going to her best friend Sam's house after school. Instead, she went to the Celtic's gym to find Josh Cameron, the basketball superstar. Just before her mom passed away, Molly was told some interesting information about her dad she did not know. She was told Josh was her dad. Molly told Josh that day in the parking lot after practice that he was her dad. Josh said, "I'm not your dad." Sadly, Molly said, "Yes, you are.
The part I liked the best in this book was when Molly showed up the NBA superstar L.J. Brown. After practice, L.J. came over to Molly and said, "Okay, Miss Miss, Let's see how much game you brought today." Molly went on the court and dribbled for a little bit, then went up and layed it in. Molly dribbled back out and L.J. came in as a prop to make Molly look good. Molly drove in and created space by bumping into L.J. Great play!
Even though I usually don't like to watch movies, I think this book would become a great movie. This book is written by Mike Lupica a #1 New York Times best selling author so people might have read some of his other books. If people like the books, they probably want to watch the movie so that they can see the characters come to life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A twelve-year-old girl named Molly parker lives with just her mom until her mom's cancer takes over and she dies. So she lives with her moms best friend named Barbara. Molly's dad is Josh Cameron Boston Celtic's best NBA player, but there is a problem. Well... Josh donsn't know that Molly is his daughter. When Molly tells Josh she is his daughter, and that Jen was her mom, he donsn't belive her. He thought she just wanted an autraghrapgh or something. When they start to see more of eachother. He really likes her, but Barbara and her family want to move to LA, what will Molly do? Stay with Josh or go with Barbara or does she even have a choice?

I really loved this book because it has so much deatail and the Author (Mike Lupica) had such a good idea for the topic. And I love basketball so much, so this was defanantly the book for me. Same with all of you who love basketball.

The only thing I didn't like was the mom died because at the end they could have had a happy family, but they can still have a happy faimly and it made the story more dramatic.

Over all this was the best book I have ever read. It was just my type of book and I am sure it is many of yours too, so give it a try and read it, or a least one of Mike Lupicas books because he is an amazing author.
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