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*Starred Review* Gr. 6--9. Michael Arroyo is a 13-year-old Cuban American who lives in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Yes, he is a Little League ballplayer, and, yes, he has a dream: to pitch in the Little League World Series. To do so, his South Bronx All-Stars will need to beat the best the greater New York area has to offer in the regional championship, to be played in--you guessed it--Yankee Stadium. This setup sounds like yet another Rocky meets Bad News Bears tearjerker: the immigrants from the Bronx take on the white-bread rich kids from the suburbs. It is that (with some notable twists), but it's much more, too. Michael and his brother, 17-year-old Carlos, have a problem: their beloved father is dead, and the boys are hoping to avoid a foster home by pretending Papi is visiting a sick relative in Miami. Lupica wrings plenty of genuine emotion from the melodramatic frame story, but he sidesteps the slough of social significance by building characters who speak for themselves, not the author, and by enlivening the story with a teen version of street humor. The dialogue crackles, and the rich cast of supporting characters--especially Michael's battery mate, catcher and raconteur Manny--nearly steals the show. Top-notch entertainment in the Carl Hiaasen mold. Bill Ott
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Mike Lupica is the author of many novels for sports fans, most notably the #1 bestselling Travel Team, his first novel for young readers. His columns for New York's DailyNews are syndicated nationally, and he is a regular on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B000OYEYW2
  • Publication Date : March 1, 2007
  • File Size : 639 KB
  • Print Length : 236 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Puffin Books; Reprint Edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 304 ratings