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Brian is living every baseball kid's dream: he is a batboy for his hometown Major League team. Brian believes that it's the perfect thing to bring him and his big-leaguer dad closer together. And if that weren't enough, this is the season that Hank Bishop, Brian s baseball hero, returns to the Tigers for the comeback of a lifetime. The summer couldn't get much better! Until Hank Bishop starts to show his true colors, and Brian learns that sometimes life throws you a curveball. (Note: There's no Table of Contents.)
For sports fans and fans of great writing alike, this collection brings together the finest sports writing from the past year. The best-selling author Mike Lupica, one of America's most widely read sports columnists, compiles a revealing look at the world of sports today.
When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.
Fathers & Sons & Sports: Great Writing by Buzz Bissinger, John Ed Bradley, Bill Geist, Donald Hall, Mark Kriegel, Norman Maclean, and Othersby Mike Lupica
For generations, fathers and sons have used the language of sports to work out their differences and express their love for each other. Fathers & Sons & Sports presents a powerful lineup of real-world stories about fathers and sons playing one-on-one in the game of life.
Playing with the big boys has taken on a whole new meaning for Dee Gerard, the first woman ever to play in the NBA. Signed by the desperate golden-boy owner of the worst team in the league, Dee finds herself in the middle of a full-court press: hounded by the headline-hungry media, calculating owners, rap-star agents, and her own spoiled and tattooed teammates, who either want to slam-dunk her or get her to do "the bad." To make history, Dee must keep her old-school cool on the court and beat them all at their own games off the court...
New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica scores a touchdown with his new middle-grade sports series! Ben McBain is every football team's dream player. He's a jack-of-all-trades guy that can handle almost any position. When the game is on the line, Ben's number is the one being called for the final play. But Ben wants to be the starting quarterback and the one thing standing in his way is the coach's son. Shawn O'Brien looks the part. He has been groomed by his father, a former professional quarterback. But despite his size and arm strength, Shawn is struggling. Ben is torn between being a good teammate and going after his own dream. As Ben finds out, Shawn isn't the easiest person to help. And when Ben gets an unexpected opportunity, the entire game will change for the both of them. Best-selling author Mike Lupica kicks off a winning new series about sports and friendship that will captivate readers.
Mike Lupica presents the second book in his New York Times bestselling Game Changers series! Still living large off their incredible football championship win just weeks before, Ben McBain and his crew must now prepare for basketball season. Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league. And now that Shawn O'Brien has joined their team, they are a shoe-in to win it all. But there is a new kid in town, Chase Braggs, a point guard like Ben who seems to be better, stronger, and faster. Refusing to let his team down, Ben hits the courts hard to practice. Ben's rivalry with Chase seems to take the fun out of playing ball with his best friends. Will Ben be able to pull it together for his team and for himself?
Mike Lupica presents the third book in his NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Game Changers series! Ben and his friends, the Core Four Plus One, are so excited to play in their town's All-Star Baseball league. But in the first game of the season Ben gets hit by a pitch. It's never happened to him before and it shakes him up. Another player on Ben's team, Justin, is acting really weirdly. Ben's known Justin for a while and they're friendly but he's not one of Ben's closest "boys." Justin is the team's best hitter but his behavior on and off the field is erratic. Ben discovers that Justin's parents are getting a divorce and Justin is thinking about quitting the team. Like good teammates do, Justin helps Ben deal with his issues at bat while Ben is there for his friend while his family is struggling.
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from Social Services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt that he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.
Fourteen-year-old Zach Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses. The incredible strength. The speed, as though he can textmessage himself across miles. The confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night. His dad had been a hero, a savior to America and a confidante of the president. Then he died, and the changes began in Zach. What Zach never knew was that his father was no ordinary man-he was a superhero, battling the world's evil. This is a battle that has been waged for generations and that knows no boundaries. And now it's Zach's turn to take on the fight. It's Zach's turn to become a hero.
It's simple. All Billy Raynor wants to do is shoot. After all, he is one of the best shooters in the league. But with his dad as his coach, and his parents newly separated, somehow everything's become complicated. His brother Ben hardly talks anymore. His mom is always traveling on business. And his dad is always on his case about not being a team player. But when Ben's piano recital falls on the same day as the championship game, it's Billy who teaches his dad the meaning of being a team player.
A beautiful young woman has just accused Ellis Adair--the world's greatest basketball player--of rape. Adair claims that he is innocent. But media newshounds break the story in a flurry of tabloid sensationalism that conceals the truth in a cloud of innuendo, shocking rumors and vicious lies. So the New York Knicks summon their secret weapon: DiMaggio, ex-lawyer and onetime minor league ballplayer, now an investigator specializing in the world of pro sports. Where drugs, sex and violence get even more press than the games. Where a brutal murder turns an already controversial case into a feeding frenzy. And where the truth is the most dangerous--and elusive--commodity of all.
PETER FIMLEY CALLS IT MURDER] Bobby Wyman, a recovering addict and partner in a popular Manhattan watering hole, has been found dead of a cocaine overdose. Which is where Peter Finley comes in. He knew Bobby well and believes he was clean. He also has an idea that Bobby had something important to tell him--and now he's dead. When Bobby's girlfriend's body and suicide note are found, Peter refuses to accept the obvious. Zooming around town with his sharp-sighted cameraman and streetwise producer, Peter discovers Bobby's restaurant is a high-class home to a cast of unsavory characters. There's a washed-up pitcher who bends his elbow all day long, a sleazy agent with one too-happy client, and a dangerously cranky ex-cop who tries so hard to scare Peter, that he can't help but make himself a nuisance in the worst way...
The epitome of a point guard, Pedro Morales plays the game to set up his teammates -- especially Ned, the star forward. Pedro wants to run for class president. Yet doing so means going up against Ned. Pedro soon learns the hard way that being a good teammate doesn't mean that others will return the favor.
What would you do with a million dollars, if you were 13? Nate Brodie is nicknamed "Brady" not only for his arm, but also because he's the biggest Tom Brady fan. He's even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he's never dreamed of-to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars. Nate should be excited. But things have been tough lately. His dad lost his job and his family is losing their home. It's no secret that a million dollars would go a long way. So all Nate feels is pressure, and just when he needs it most, his golden arm begins to fail him. Even worse, his best friend Abby is going blind, slowly losing her ability to do the one thing she loves most-paint. Yet Abby never complains, and she is Nate's inspiration. He knows she'll be there when he makes the throw of a lifetime. Mike Lupica's latest sports novel is also his most heartwarming. Watch a Video
After her mother's death, twelve-year-old Molly learns that her father is a basketball star for the Boston Celtics.
Playing baseball was the one thing that made twelve-year-old Nick Crandall feel at home until he found acceptance with adoptive parents, but he faces a new struggle to fit in when he becomes the first seventh-grader ever to make the varsity baseball team.
The latest novel in #1 bestseller Lupica's Comeback Kids series is a cheer-worthy ode to the one sport played by more kids across the country than any other--in the summer of the next World Cup.
When you're the smallest kid playing a big man's game, the challenges never stop, especially when your name is Danny Walker. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Danny's heading to Right Way basketball camp for the summer, and he knows that with the country's best players in attendance, he's going to need to take his game up a notch if he wants to match up. But it won't be easy. Old rivals and new battles leave Danny wondering if he really does have what it takes to stand tall.
In the summer of '61, Mike Lupica's father left notes for him in the night: Maris hit another, Mantle two-for-four, Yanks won. That was his first golden summer. He thought there'd never be another one like it -- until the "Summer of '98", when he found himself leaving notes for his own sons: Sosa hit another, McGwire hit one back. And the Yanks won. In 1998, the conversation of the country was about baseball again, as the taste of the 1994 strike was finally washed away in a sweet flood of glory. With humor and feeling, Lupica recaptures that season, but not in any ordinary way. In Fargo, North Dakota, Roger Maris's boyhood best friend watches McGwire hit 62. In Washington Heights, New York City, the scout who saw Sammy Sosa get off the bus from Santo Domingo celebrates, along with half a million Dominicans. The Little League champions from Toms River stand in awe on the field at Yankee Stadium; Joe DiMaggio talks as he watches the Yankees have the kind of year he always had; Cal Ripken speaks from the past about how he always intended his streak to end; a divorced father watches with a lump in his throat as McGwire lifts his son at home plate. David Wells, Kerry Wood, Shane Spencer, Ken Griffey, Jr. -- all the boys of summer come alive in unique and special ways, as we're reminded, for one season at least, that, yes, they do play baseball like they used to.
From the book: Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court, but no one has a bigger love of the game. Then the local travel team-that Danny's dad led to the national championship when he was a kid-cuts Danny because of his size. It turns out that he's not the only kid who was cut for the wrong reasons. Now Danny and his dad are about to give all the castoffs a second chance and prove that you can't measure heart. "All the details of basketball games and practices will be welcome to true basketball fans. It's such a relief to have a sports tale written by someone who truly understands the game-and Lupica knows how to create believable characters as well. An excellent sports story." -KLIATT
Chris Conlan is the coolest kid in sixth grade, the golden-armed quarterback of the football team and the boy all the others look up to. Scott Parry is the new kid, the boy with the huge brain, but with feet that trip over themselves.
New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica tackles football! Will Tyler may not be the biggest running back around, but no one can touch him when it comes to hitting the hole and finding the end zone. And no one can match his love of the game. When Will has a football in his hand, life can't touch him--his dad isn't so defeated, his town isn't so poor, and everyone has something to cheer for. All of which does him no good if the football season is canceled. With no funding for things like uniforms and a well-maintained playing field, with every other family moving to find jobs, there just isn't enough money or players for a season. It's up to Will to rally the town and give everyone a reason to believe . . .
"Showtime" Charlie Stoddard blew out his phenomenal pitching arm along with the rest of his life. Now, the only cheers he gets are from boozing and one-night stands-- until a mysterious physical therapist hands him a second chance at the big time.
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