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Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat along with aspirations of leading his team all the way to the Little League World Series. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold broth
Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Puffin (first published April 1st 2006)
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Heat is a fiction book. Michael Arroyo is a twelve year old Cuban immigrant. His father, his brother, and he live happily in New York till the father poops. Carlos, Michael’s brother, and Michael try and keep it a secret till Carlos turns eighteen and can take custody of Michael. Michael is extremely talented at baseball (pitching) and has a dream of playing to the Little League World Series. Michael’s fantasies look promising until one challenging opponent asks for Michael’s birth certificate w ...more
Bryce Rhone
This book is really good, I rated it 5 stars. It is about a Cuban boy, Michael, who can throw serious heat when pitching for his Little League baseball team. His bestfriend and catcher, Manny, believes he even can hit 80 mph, which is a magic number like 100 is for major league players.

I felt that this book had a lot of action and really gripped your attention. The only part that could have been improved was how fast the plot changed from bad to good. He was just sitting on the bench thinking ab
Max Gilliam
Heat by Mike Lupica was, in my opinion a good book. this is a story of a young boy(12 years old) who is an extremely gifted baseball player. he lives with his brother who is only 17 in the Bronx away from his family in Cuba. obviously this is a problem because he is not 18 yet and that is illegal. they must try to hide their secret while Michael Arroyo is focused on baseball and about to enter the playoffs for his baseball team whose dream is to reach the Little League World Series in Pennsylvan ...more
Shane Ridge
Heat by Mike Lupica is a great book. It really grabs your attention. If you love baseball or books about baseball, this is the book for you. Heat is about a 12 year old boy with a booming pitching arm. He is a Cuban immigrant. He now lives in the Bronx growing up all his life watching the Yankees play. Other teams don't believe this 12 year old boy named Michael is young enough to play because he is so good. The problem is, he doesn't have a birth certificate to prove it and he can not get one. ...more
Giuseppe Mattera
Hello my name is Giuseppe Mattera,
I think that the author wrote this book for many reasons, one of the reasons is to get people to work for their dreams. Because in the book the author tells us that Michael, his father, and brother sneak into the United States to look for new opportunities. The family moves to New York city in search for jobs. A few months after they move to the big city Michael's father dies. They face many problems in the United States. Michael's brother works many jobs just
Sep 30, 2008 Myles added it
If you like baseball this is a book for you. It's the exact feeling of a kid living in the bronx growing up watching the Yankess, but there's more. He is stranded with no parents just his brother and no proof of age or identity, so through out the book he is living in fear and might have to give up the biggest part of his life that he is really good at just so he doesn't get caught.
Andy Bork
The plot of “Heat” shortened up is a kid moves to New York City from Havana, Cuba to be free and to play baseball. Michael, the main characters, father dies from a heart attack trying to help a woman from her boyfriend who’s mad at her. The only people that know about are Carlos, Michaels brother, and Mrs. C their neighbor.
During the summer Michael is playing baseball for the Clippers, a local baseball teams in the Bronx. As the season goes on they keep winning and Michael can pitch around 80
Melano (Melania) Durmishidze
Heat is a fictional book by Mike Lupica. The main character is Michael Arroyo, a twelve year old Cuban immigrant, who moved in NY with his father and brother. After his fathers death, brothers are forced to live alone the hard life. Michael’s brother works two jobs. Michael joined the baseball team, as a pitcher and dreamt to win the little league world series and become a major league pitcher. Coaches don't believe in him and think that twelve year old boy can’t run 80 miles per hour.

When his
Dec 17, 2008 Maeve added it
it was really good! i thought it would be all totally sports but it wasnt
Nicholas Walters

I read “Heat” by Mike Lupica. Heat was about a seventeen year old boy named Michael Arroyo. He had very big dreams that he wanted to reach. His little league team was very good. They were expected to go to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for Little League World Series. Michael was the best player on the team, and he was the best pitcher in the league. When he was younger, his dad died so Michael was living with his brother Carlos, and they lived in an apartment. Carlos had two jobs to pay the bills a
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Lupica, M. (2006). Heat. New York: Puffin Books.


Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee (2007-2008)


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There're no two ways about it, 12-year-old Michael Arroyo can pitch. An undeniable phenom, this Cuban exile will take his team, the Clippers, out of the Bronx and into the Little League World Series...if he can keep t
Matt Graham
The book Heat by Mike Lupica is a great book. Michael the main character is a great baseball player on a good team. They are number one in the conference and they are going to the little league world series. Other teams don’t believe that he’s young enough to participate because he is so good. The problem is he doesn’t have a birth certificate to prove it and he can not get one. His parents both died and he is living with his older brother who is under the age of 18. Nobody knows that Michael i ...more
Andrew Massey
Apr 12, 2009 Andrew Massey added it
Recommends it for: athletes
Recommended to Andrew by: if you are a baseball kind of guy
The book heat is a fiction story. This book is about a young boy named Michael Arroyo who is an immigrant from Cuba. He is extremely talented at baseball, especially pitching. He has big dreams of one day playing in the Little League World Series. With is 80 mph fastball he has a pretty good chance too. He also dreams of becoming a major league pitcher someday. The title "Heat" means two things. He can throw a sizzling fastball, and his life is really rough. His mother died of cancer at a young ...more
Joey Dice
This book to me was absoultley amazing and inspiring from start to end. It made me want to keep reading wanting to know whats going to happen next,This book is about a 12 year old boy whos lives with his brother and doesnt have a mom or dad, and has to lie and say his dad his in Florida helping his sick uncle, with all this going on he doesnt have a birth certificate showing that hes from cuba and that he is 12. In this book I was always questiong my self if Michael and his brother Carlos were g ...more
Marika Gillis
Michael and Carlos Arroyo are brothers keeping an important secret. When that secret is blown wide open, Michael’s promising future in baseball is threatened and his life with his brother may change forever.

Heat is a book about baseball, family, and survival.

But, mostly, it’s a book about baseball. And I might be the only person to ever read this book about baseball who knows so little about the sport that I actually had to look on Wikipedia to find out what a grounder is.

The characters in this
Nick Peterson
"Heat" is a book about a boy who grows up in the Bronx and is a big baseball player. It's more than just a story about a boy who loves baseball. The main character is Michael Arroyo and he's 12 years old. Unlike any other 12 year old, Michael can throw an 80-mph fastball which is unheard of for a 12 year old. I can't even throw 80 and I'm 17. Because Michael is so dominant, other coaches begin to question if Michael is really 12 or if he's lying about his age. But since he's living with his 17-y ...more
Kyle Jonsson
Heat by Mike lupica is a book about a boy from bronx new york named Michael who is very good at baseball. Michael imigrated from cuba and has been playing baseball since little leagues. A kid onmichaels baseball team justin is the coaches son and does a complaint on michael because he cant prove his age because his father left his birth certificate in cuba and his family can afford to get a new one. Michael meets a man named Manny who is actually a famous yankees player. Manny coaches michaels t ...more
CH13_Lisa Matthews
Heat is a story about a young boy name Michael who escaped from Cuba and is now living in New York illegally and his dream to make it to the little league World Series with his team name the Clippers. There is just one catch, Michael is a gifted twelve year old pitcher and because of his gift the opposing teams question Michael age hence ineligible to play Little League because he is unable to prove his age and his father has been missing for several month. Thus begin Michael journey in reaching ...more
Andrew Russell
in the book Heat by Mike Lupica a 12 year old pitcher (Michael Arroyo) is just too good for his competition. His team from Brooklyn, NY have aspirations to go to the Little League World Series behind Michael's arm. The opposing coaches think he is too good to only be 12 years old, so they call the Little League capital of the world (Williamsport) to ban him until he shows his birth certificate. The real problem is that he can't find his birth certificate over here or in Cuba where he once lived. ...more
“Heat” is a fictional book written by Mike Lupica. It starts out with Michael Arroyo, a twelve year old Cuban immigrant, who recently moved to New York with his father and brother. His father passes away soon after they arrive and the brothers are forced to live alone. His brother works two jobs and Michael becomes a part of the local baseball team. Michael is an amazing pitcher in baseball and has dreams of winning the little league world series and becoming a major league pitcher. The only pro ...more
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Kit Cowan
The book "Heat" by Mike Lupica is a great book that has you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book. Lupica tells the story of a young Cuban immagrant named Miguel or Michael Arroyo who not only is a kid of unbelievable skill for a kid his age, but also has a secret that would ruin his life if it went public. He is twelve years old and secretly lives alone with his seventeen year old brother Carlos ever since there dad died.
To prevent being seperated they must keep it a secret for
Sam Carchidi
The book Heat by Mike Lupica was a baseball story about a kid named Michael Arroyo who grew up in the background of Yankee Stadium. Michael lives in the Bronx neighborhood with his older brother. The services are always trying to capture the two brothers because they know they are living on there in New York. Michael always dreams about getting into Yankee Stadium, but he is too poor to afford the cost. Another one of Michael’s dreams is to play in the Little League World Series. This dream of M ...more
I thought this was a very interesting and attention-grabbing book. I have a connection to this book because I am a pitcher for my baseball team, so I know how the main charatcer, Michael Arroyo, feels when he is on the mound for his baseball team. This book is about a young Cuban boy named Michael Arroyo, whose parents have both died, leaving he and his 17 year-old brother, Carlos, to fend for themselves. Michael is a fantasatic pitcher and can throw a fastball above 80mph. However, Michael is a ...more
Trevor Milliken
This book is about a young boy living in New York. He is living in the Bronx, and is close to Yankee stadium. His dad had brought him and his older brother over from Cuba when he was younger. He wanted to concentrate on baseball, but soon his life twists and turns when his father dies making him and his 17 year-old brother orphans. He doesn’t want to be split apart from his brother, so they have to hide their father’s death for a few months until his older brother turns 18. Soon he is facing man ...more
I like this book because it was interesting how quickly it took to show the life of the main character, Michael, and what problems he was facing in his life. I also liked how Michaels best friend Manny and his family always try to help him out and give him advice. What I didn't like abut the book was how confusing it was when it jumped from Michael pithing, to when he was looking at this girl who was across the basketball courts. What i also liked about this book was when Michael got what he nee ...more
This may seem like just another kids baseball book, but there is much more than meets the eye here. Michael and his brother Carlos are having a hard time living without their father. Although it may seem like Michael's life is falling apart, he keeps overcoming obstacles and holding on to his passion of baseball. There are many themes present in this book and although most readers haven't gone through what Michael and Carlos have gone through, they will find a way to relate to the characters. Co ...more
I'm not usually a big fan of sports stories, but Lupica's characters have real soul. This novel is about a 12-year-old Cuban American boy who is an extremely talented Little League pitcher. The only problem is that he is so good, some of the other coaches in the league start to question whether or not he is actually 12 years old. Unfortunately, his birth certificate is still in Cuba, and circumstances have made it extremely difficult to retrieve. Will Michael be able to play? And who is that bea ...more
Mrs. Weir
Michael can really throw some heat. His talents in baseball never go unnoticed. In fact, one vengeful little leaguer, Justin, gets his dad (also his coach) to write a letter to the little league board. The letters says that Michael needs to produce his birth certificate in order to continue playing. This isn't good news for Michael. Michael (known as Miguel in Cuba) immigrated to the United States illigeally with his dad and his brother, Carlos.

This is an excellent book--a 10 on our classroom r
Jill Davis
I enjoyed this book because I love baseball and the story behind the boy keeps you wanting to read more. It isn't all about sports, and it gives a lot of background too. Although very good at baseball, Michael deals with the everyday struggles of being a Cuban immigrant. His father is dead, and his brother is not of age to be taking care of him legally. Michael and Carlos are trying to work around the police and even the community of finding out the truth, but Michael's fantastic baseball skills ...more
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“Michael still thought of Havana as home, because he was born there. And he had been Miguel Arroya there.
Here, he was Michael.”
“If there are real angels in the world," Michael said to his brother, "how come they're never around when we need them?” 4 likes
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