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Praise for the Comeback Kids:
 
“Lupica portrays the action clearly and vividly, with a real sense of the excitement and unpredictable nature of the games. These are worthy additions to collections seeking to draw in middle-grade boys with an enthusiasm for athletics.” –School Library Journal
 
“These should score big with middle-graders looking for alternatives to Matt Christopher's titles.” –Publisher’s Weekly
 
“This title is a good choice for reluctant readers with a background in baseball.” –School Library Journal

About the Author

Mike Lupica is the author of multiple bestselling books for young readers, including QB 1, Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Underdogs. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world’s finest storyteller. Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. When not writing novels, Mike Lupica writes for New York's Daily News, appears on ESPN's The Sports Reporters and hosts The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN Radio. You can visit Mike Lupica at mikelupicabooks.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0880 (What's this?)
  • Series: Comeback Kids (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142414425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142414422
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Two Minute Drill by Mike Lupica is a story about a boy named Scott that moves to a new town and school. At his new school, he had no friends and a bully was always picking on Scott. One time when Scott was being picked on, the coolest kid in his grade name Chris, stuck up for Scott.

After that, Scott and Chris became friends. While Chris was one of the best football player on the team, Scott didn't think he was good at all. But since Scott's father had played football for Boston College, Scott thought he should join the football team anyway. It turned out that Scott was really good at kicking.

Scott and Chris' football team made it to the championship in their league. Scott's team was losing by one point in the fourth quarter with three seconds left. And the coach told Scott to go out and do something and if you want to find out about the end of the book you should read this book.

I liked this book a lot. It was a very good book. My favorite part of the book is the end but, you will have to read it to find out about it. My favorite character is Scott, because he thinks he's not good at football but, he keeps trying and doesn't quit the team and he finds out what he's good at in football.

I think the author wrote this book for a lesson to never give up. I recommend his book to everybody that likes football even if you don't like football it is still a very good book. I hope this book review makes you want to go out and read this book, because it is a very good book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
And... it's good! I think it was brilliant for Mike Lupica to name his book the Two-Minute Drill. A reason I enjoyed reading this book was that it shows how one friend can make all the difference. Also, the way the main charters, Scott and Chris worked together to solve their challenges is something I liked. Chris encourages Scott to join the football team. My favorite charter is Chris because he is a great quarterback and a great friend. The football team has to run a two minute drill to win the championship. They both had personal setbacks but they accomplished their goals on and off the field. The story is told in Scott's point of view. I recommend it to people that love sports and challenges or conflicts and people that love sports fiction. Mike Lupica's style was hard to get used to but once you get in there's no getting out especially if you like sports fiction and football. The middle of the book was easier to read because I understood the story. If you have already read this book I recommend Hot Hand another book in the series. This book is a must for football fans!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nikos Linardakis on December 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book, my son is finishing it right now, it seems he appreciates sports more as a result of the book, and also that there is a tie into the sciences. Very well written, as an adult, I'm also going to read it. Well done Mike Lupica, thanks for joining the gap on sports and friendships.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Norman L. Talpins, M.D. on May 22, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Amazing book! I am only a kid and I like this book so much that I am chosing to write this review. Amazing work yet again Mike Lupica!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mike Lupica is a great author that writes fantastic books, like lots of sporty things about your favorite sports.
A smart boy named Scott was being pushed around and the Eagles quarterback Chris Collin was helping Scott up. Now Chris and Scott are friends and Scott is interested in football and being on the team.

I think Comeback Kids should be recommended to people who love watching football or who even play football, but if you don't like football you can still read lots of sporty books. I like Comeback Kids because I love sports and I've read all the Mike Lupica books and play football.

If you love sports you will love this book by Mike Lupica and other awesome books like baseball and basketball. ' ' '
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jmw on March 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The 8th grade boys where I teach who struggle with reading really enjoy this series of books by Mike Lupica. The stories deal with sports in a realistic way with vivid descriptions. They also include life issues that this age group is familiar with.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Max Elliot Anderson on March 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Because I write books for boys, publishers occasionally ask if I'd like to review their books for boys. You can find others who have reviewed these books for story and content, but I want to speak from the perspective of reluctant readers.

Today I'm pleased to comment on a series of sports related books by Mike Lupica. The books I received are:

Long Shot

Hot Hand

Safe at Home

Two-Minute Drill

The covers on these books are dramatic and each catches the action from the sport that is featured in the story. Young readers, especially boys, are sure to be attracted because of the graphics on these covers.

Mike Lupica is a sports reporter, including a weekly appearance on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. This quality adds to the authenticity of his writing as he captures the flavor of each sport.

His opening paragraphs immediately identify the main character and his circumstances. For example, in the Two-Minute Drill, the story begins, "There were a lot of bad parts that came with being the new kid."

In Hot Hand, we learn that Billy Raynor's parents have just separated.

The books have large type, shorter sentences, and lots of dialog. These are elements that I employ in my books, and I'm pleased to see them used here.

Mike's stories read quickly and should be enjoyed by avid and reluctant young readers, especially boys who love sports.
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