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Contributor(s): Lupica, Mike (Author)

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ISBN: 0142407577     ISBN-13: 9780142407578
Publisher: Puffin Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2007

Annotation: The #1 "New York Times" bestseller is now in paperback. Baseball is young Michael Arroyo's only salvation, but his dream of playing in the Little League World Series is soon threatened. Includes a teaser for Lupica's upcoming novel, "Miracle on 49th Street."
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation - Baseball
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - General (see Also Headings Under Family)
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 10-13
Grade Level: 5-8
Lexile Measure: 940(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.64" H x 5.56" W x 8.18" (0.53 lbs) 220 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - Hispanic
- Geographic Orientation - New York
- Locality - New York, N.Y.
Features: Ikids, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Awards: Young Hoosier Book Award, Nominee, Middle Grades, 2009
Charlotte Award, Winner, Young Adult, 2008
Sasquatch Award, Nominee, Children/Young Adult, 2010
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 04/02/2007 pg. 60
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 106285
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
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Publisher Description:
Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the familys escape from Cuba, Michaels only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated in the foster-care systemor worse, sent back to Cuba. Together, the boys carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. But then someone wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws. With no way to prove his age, no birth certificate, and no parent to fight for his cause, Michaels secret world is blown wide open, and he discovers that family can come from the most unexpected sources.
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