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Long Shot (Comeback Kids)

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Pedro Morales has always been content helping others look great. The epitome of a point guard, he plays the game to set up his teammates—Ned, in particular, the star forward on the receiving end of Pedro’s pinpoint passes. Pedro wants to make his father proud, and so he runs for class president. Yet doing so means going one-on-one against Ned, easily the most popular boy i ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published October 2nd 2008 by Philomel
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Fleming Denham
Jan 07, 2016 Fleming Denham rated it it was amazing

This is a novel called Long Shot, by Mike Lupica. This is a book that is about Pedro Morales and his basketball team. This book that takes up 182 pages and it is a realistic fiction book. Pedro Morales is an amazing kid with an amazing talent. He moved to the US from Mexico when he was little. He loves to play basketball and he cannot decide to pick either school or his basketball team. He loves his team, but he does not want to let his parents down because they really care about his education.
Mar 10, 2009 kareem rated it liked it
pedro plays basketball and is on team suddenly theres a election for what you say. to be prisident of the united states of america. just kidden its to be class prisident and pedro has to run against one of his owen teammates hes called "ned hancock" and pedro acts like he dont see the light he calls him MR.perfect in his mind sadly. hes not even confident about himself so read to find out whos going to win Pedro V.S "MR.perfect".
TO BE Continued (im not writing more about this)
Jaxon Shelby
Dec 15, 2015 Jaxon Shelby rated it liked it
I think it was a very good book. There was competition in many ways, basketball, school president, and many more. If you love reading sport books, I suggest thins book to you... it might take a while to get in to though, other wise it is a great book!
Nov 19, 2015 Josiah rated it liked it
You can add eleven-year-old Pedro Morales to the list of memorable, lovable characters created by Mike Lupica, an author who never runs short of wonderful, authentic kids to fill his junior novels. Pedro isn't the only winner Long Shot is blessed with, either. There's his go-to guy on their basketball team, Ned Hancock, a small forward of myriad talents who no opponent can stop on the court, a scorer and passer of unsurpassed skill on the Vernon Knights or any other team in the area. Pedro is C ...more
Devon Dedinas
Mar 04, 2016 Devon Dedinas rated it it was amazing
The book Long Shot was very good. It follows a young kid, Pedro Morales, playing basketball and attempting to run for president against the most popular, most athletic kid in the whole town, Ned Hancock. But, does the presidential election gets to Ned's head? Does Pedro face basketball struggles? FInd out and read Long Shot by Mike Lupica
Rainier Birco
Oct 20, 2014 Rainier Birco rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was awesome by the fact that it did show a moral/lesson to like it doesn't if your'e the popular kid or the star player in a team your still a team player whether you score a butch of points or not you should still have sportsmanship. I like how Ned apologized Pedro for being a jerk to him since he was in the basketball team. Another reason why i liked it was when Ned voted for Pedro for class president because he knew he was going to be the better leader when he was elected.
I really liked this book. It shared the hardships of what kids can do to each other physically and mentally. I am a really big fan of Mike Lupica books and this was definitely one of the better ones I read.
I rate this 3.5 Stars. It was actually a pretty great book. :) It is about a 11 year old boy named Pedro who plays basketball.
Adam Strom
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November 3rd, 2015

Comeback kids
Pedro was the starting point guard for vernon middle school team all his time playing basketball. But this year is different. Pedros dad had the idea of him running for president. After practice Perdo and 2 of his friends would meet at either of their houses and create banners and papers to put on the walls of the school. there was only one problem. Pedro was running for president against Ned Hancock, the coolest kid in school, the sta

This is a really good book and you should read it because it is really exciting and
always interesting in every way and it has very easy word and really easy to understand
and that’s why you should read it.It’s about a kid name pedro that loved soccer and his dad was in the league and his dad wants him to play in the league just like he did.And then
Pedro found a sport he likes to and that is called basketball and he really likes playing it
with his friends and he liked it so much he joined the t
May 06, 2015 Scip rated it really liked it
The book Long Shot by Mike Lupica is a good sports book. I would recommend this book for people who like sports and like the game to be exciting. In this book the main character, Pedro, started at point guard on his 5th grade basketball team. Well for 6th grade its not the same. Pedro and Ned, the best player in the town, are having some issues. They are messing up a lot in practice and since Pedro is doing so bad he doesn't start for a while. They are not playing too well together because somet ...more
Francisco Escamilla
Apr 29, 2015 Francisco Escamilla rated it really liked it
Have you ever been nice to other people, but they aren't nice to you? If you have then "Long Shot" a book that is about it, but in sports. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I think this is one of my most favorite books from the author Mike Lupica.

The setting is mostly in a school and basketball courts. It is where the problem starts and where the problem goes away or is solved. Pedro Morales wanted to be class president and be one of the starters in the basketball team, for the seas
Sergio Garcia
Nov 24, 2014 Sergio Garcia rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to be good at something really bad? If you have here is a story you could relate to. Long shot is a realistic fiction by Mike Lupica. I think this is a really good book.
The setting of the book is in the city of Vernon. Pedro is a sixth grader who wanted to be school president but there was also a sixth grader named Ned who was a more popular than Pedro. So Pedro ran for president. Then Pedro wins the election. This is a person vs person conflict because Ned was mad at Pedro
Grant Rohrmann
Long Shot by Mike Lupica
One of the main characters is Pedro Morales, an eleven-year old point-guard on the Vernon Middle School basketball team. The other main character is Ned Hancock, a very popular boy and star of the basketball team. They are both in the sixth grade.
Pedro and Ned are students at Vernon Middle School. They start out as very good friends, but when they run against each other for class President, the election threatens their relationship. The boys, who were once great teammates
Feb 18, 2014 Xavier added it
Pedro is a point gaurd on his schools basketball team. Pedro likes to practice a lot so he can be good at basketball. the genre of this book is realistic fiction because it can really happen. I think this is a good book because Im in to sport books especially basketball books. I also like this book because Mike Lupica wrote it and he's a good writer.
In the beginning of this book Pedro is playing basketball with some boys that are on the basketball team. they practice for about 2 hours and then
Kathleen Locher
Jul 23, 2014 Kathleen Locher rated it it was ok
Pedro and Ned are teammates on their 6th grade basketball team. When they hit the court, they make each other and everybody on the team better. Ned is a natural athlete, and is chosen to be a starter over Pedro. After talking with his dad about making a difference in the world, Pedro decides to run for class president. As luck would have it, Ned is the opposing candidate! Their competitive nature becomes apparent on the basketball court and during the campaign. Ned and Pedro show their true colo ...more
Oct 07, 2014 Tyler added it
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Jacob S
Apr 10, 2015 Jacob S rated it really liked it
Pedro Morales wants to be a Long Shot like his friend. He wants to be really good at basketball like him. Pedro and Ned are running for school president and they are going against each other. Pedro feels like Ned is trying to turn against him. Ned is always cocky and thinks he should be school president because he says he’s been team captain of every sport. Pedro gets help from his friend Joe. Joe tells him “Don’t be afraid of someone thats thinks he’s better.” (Pg. 78) He helps him make flyers ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
This book would probably be enjoyable for a 5th- or 6th-grade boy who is really into basketball, but that's about the only thing it has going for it. Yes, there's a nice moral underneath about giving it your all, being your personal best, and being a team player. But the constant play-by-play, using terms that are like a foreign language to someone who doesn't speak basketball ("Let's try a pick-and-roll, but without the roll"), becomes just something to wade through, and doesn't really contribu ...more
Trenton Dianovich
Nov 01, 2015 Trenton Dianovich rated it really liked it
Long Shot by Mike Lupica was an okay book. It definitely was not better than Hot Hand in my opinion but it was still a good book. The book was repetitive at some points. Although, all in all it was a good read.

This book explains how Pedro stays a team player even with the best player on his team sabotaging him. It all started when Pedro decided to run for school president against Ned, the best player on the team. Ned does not like this and tries to sabotage Pedro anytime he can. This makes Pedr
Tatsuki Tamiya
Title:Long shot(comeback kids)
Author:Mike Lupica
The main character, Pedro, who plays basketball for town team runs for class president. But his basketball teammate, Ned Hancock is running for president too. And it makes between them like cats and dogs. Ned made Pedro fail to be starting members of the team and makes Pedro looks worse than Pedro usually plays. But get reconciliation at the and and made some good plays at the game. And Pedro won the election of class president.
I thought this book
Max N
Apr 01, 2015 Max N rated it really liked it
In the book Long Shot, there is a kid named Pedro Morales and he is a very skilled point guard. Student elections are coming up and he has a shot at being class president. He is having problems on the court. The first game he figures out that he loses his starting position. Pedro is not very happy. Can he get his starting position back? When he is not playing basketball he is working on election posters and everything. My favorite quote is when he is thinking about his decision and he says “Pres ...more
May 06, 2014 Garretts rated it really liked it
In the book "Long Shot" by Mike Lupica there is a boy named Pedro. He and his dad love soccer very much but now Pedro thinks he likes basketball more. During the book Pedro loses his starting position and decides to run for class president against Ned the most popular kid in school. Ned and Pedro are on the same basketball team. They are friends but the class president election is tearing them apart. As the book goes on Ned makes Pedro look bad in many ways. read the book to find out how and who ...more
Jaxon Sorensen
May 15, 2014 Jaxon Sorensen rated it liked it
Pedro never worried about making himself look good but making his team mates look good. That's how it was at least before he ran for class president against the star basketball player and the class president every year Ned. Ned acted of the court as if he was fine with Pedro running for president, but on the court he acted as if they were enemies'. Pedro couldn't say anything because everyone just thought he wasn't doing as good not Ned sabotaging him. Will Pedro get through his troubles? Will h ...more
Jordan Reed
Nov 30, 2014 Jordan Reed rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting book written by Mike Lupica despite his other books which have been unsuccessful. I feel that this is a common subject about a struggle that takes place between a boy and his friend when they decide to run against each other in a class election. This immediately results in a non-playful rivalry between the 2 friends affecting their performance in basketball and integrity. Although the book is very good I feel that the author should have provided a little more informati ...more
Bruce Snell
Apr 11, 2013 Bruce Snell rated it liked it
Book Three in the Comeback Kids series by Mike Lupica - 3 stars. Pedro Morales is a pretty good 6th grade basketball player who is also running for class president. Ned is the captain of the team, and presumptive favorite in the race for class president, and Ned is upset that Pedro is challenging him. Ned sets out to disrupt Peddro's chances on the team and by extension in the class election.

There is nothing sensational about this book = it is simply another of Lupica's tales of morality and per
Dec 18, 2011 Naglis rated it really liked it
Long Shot
Mike Lupica
Book Response By Naglis
My book response is Long Shot by Mike Lupica in the Comeback Kids series. The main character is Pedro. The setting mostly takes place in a town named Vernon in the present day. The plot of the story is that Ned, one of Pedro’s best friends, excels at athleticism, especially in basketball and is also the most popular kid in Vernon Middle School. He plays excellently with Pedro, like they have linked minds on the basketball court and are good friends
Garrett W.
Dec 10, 2012 Garrett W. rated it really liked it
186 pages

In the book long shot Pedro the main character is the starting point guard for his school basketball team. In the begining of this book Pedro is playing basketball in his school gym with a bunch of guys on the team. The first practice is in a week and the princable offered to stay and let the boys play. There is a really good athlete named Ned and apparently he is the best player in the town. Well on the next day at school Pedro decides to run against Ned for class president witch is
Danny Shirilla
Long Shot
By: Mike Lupica
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Realistic Fiction
This book is about a kid in 6th grade that is named Pedro Morales. He loves to play basketball on his city’s travel team. He has a very loving and caring family, especially his dad. Pedro isn’t the most outgoing person. He is sort of shy and just does not go on with his business in a fashionable way. Another kid in his grade, Ned Hancock, is the opposite. He is the star basketball player that everybody likes. Ned is very well
Mekhi J.
Buzzer Beater, the shot goes up and swish he scores for the win. The book that I read is about a boy named Pedro Morales who's dad is a famous soccer player. Pedro morales and his familly has legally crossed the the border and ready to begin a new journey in the United states Of America. For the second year straight year Pedro has made the cross country basketball team for veron middle school. Everybody on the team knew that Pedro was the greatest passer on their Veron Middle school basketball t ...more
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