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Heat Hardcover – April 11, 2006
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But Michael has problems, too. His mother died when he was younger, and his father has been absent for several months. Recently, some of the adults in the community have begun asking Michael and his older brother Carlos difficult questions. Carlos is working multiple jobs to support them, but if word gets out about their father, the brothers fear that they will be separated, and put into the foster care system.
Things get worse when a rival player accuses Michael of being older than his 12 years, and hence ineligible to play Little League. Michael can't prove his age because his birth certificate was lost when he emigrated from Cuba. And without his father to help, he and Carlos don't know where to turn. As the playoffs begin, Michael finds himself on the sidelines.
The story isn't all gloom and doom, of course. Michael has several things going for him. He has his love of baseball, his loyal best friend Manny, and a grandmotherly neighbor who cooks for him. And he meets a girl, a very special girl named Ellie. With help from his friends, Michael is able to confront his demons. The ending is heart-warming, and may require tissues.
I loved the characters in this book, especially Michael, whose loneliness in the absence of his parents is palpable.Read more ›
The book is about a 12-yr old boy from Cuba and touches on the struggles of immigrants, the working poor, family dynamics, caring neighbors, and adolesence. Oh yeah, and baseball too.....
It's about a young Cuban born pitcher who dreams of making it to the little league series but then a rival coach accuses him of being older than the league limit. He has to try and proove his age with some difficulty. His father (who came with him to America from Cuba) has since died and he can't get his birth certificate. I won't say anymore about the plot (I don't want to give it away), but I will say that this is very good and enjoyable. It's even going to be made into a movie.
I think this book is really for anyone who is a sports fan - not only the specified age group listed here. If you are a kid at heart, then you'll find this great too.
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Purchased to read as part of graduate school class on diversity and ELL students. This would be an enjoyable read for your kids or students of your own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The story was great and I play little league myself the plot was cool and I wish this happened to me.Published 2 months ago by T. Lambe
My ten year old loves playing outside...reading , not so much. Until I got him this. He ripped through it in a couple of days and now wants more Mike Lupica books.Published 3 months ago by shamus cringle
The book Heat by Mike Lupica is a very good book that grabs your attention and really shows the struggles that the protagonist Michael Arroyo and others go through. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jean Ressler