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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 brothe
Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Puffin Books (first published April 1st 2006)
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Jan 16, 2016 Jane rated it it was amazing
This book was my absolute favorite book of fourth grade. At the time, I was really into sports books and this book fit the billing. But what is beautiful about Heat is that it's not just about sports. Mike Lupica deals with friendship, family, and coping with loss in a way that seamlessly integrates into the baseball theme.

The characters and their relationships are beautifully developed. I especially loved seeing how Michael and his brother interacted, trying to make a family after losing their
May 11, 2008 Tommy rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2014 Bryce Rhone rated it it was amazing
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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
Shane Ridge
Oct 24, 2014 Shane Ridge rated it it was amazing
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
Max Gilliam
Nov 01, 2013 Max Gilliam rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2016 Logan added it
Personal Response: Heat was a very quick and easy read. The book did still manage to entertain me, however. I shared my love of baseball with the main character, Michael. I thought it was easy to make connections with his in-game ideas and experiences. I loved Michael’s bulldog mentality while he was pitching. It took a lot of self confidence to go straight at the best hitters. The fact that a 12 year old believed he could get anybody out at anytime was quite impressive. Michael’s situation out ...more
Louis Messina
Sep 14, 2015 Louis Messina rated it it was amazing

Title and Author:
Heat by Mike Lupica

Main Characters:
The main character is Michael Arroyo.
Michael is a 12 year old boy who loves to play baseball and has a fantastic pitching arm.
He lives with his 17 year old brother named Carlos.
Manny is Michael’s best friend and the catcher for their baseball team.
El Grande is a pitcher for the New York Yankees and Michael is a huge fan of him.
Ellie is El Grande’s daughter and always shows up to Michael’s games and practices.

Plot/conflict and resolution.
Austin Parry
May 31, 2015 Austin Parry rated it it was amazing
The book Heat by Mike Lupica was about a twelve year old boy Michael who has a special ability in baseball and it his arm. He lives alone with his older brother, Carlos, they live in the South Bronx in the shadow of Yankees stadium. Michael has big dreams to pitch in the little league World Series. He is so good that rival coaches start questioning him and are asking him for a birth certificate. It's not his age that's the problem he just can't let the authorities find out that his father died u ...more
Ethan S
Nov 22, 2015 Ethan S rated it really liked it

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Mike Lupica

Michael Arroyo is a 12 year old immigrant from Cuba. He has traveled to Bronx, New York to be a part of a local little league baseball team, the Clippers. Michaels father recently passed away, which means Michael and his 17 year old brother have to keep their secret as long as they can until he turns 18. Because of Michael's huge throwing arm, other teams suspect he's not 12 years old. Michael has no proof of birth and has to battle his way with friends to his cl
Giuseppe Mattera
Dec 06, 2014 Giuseppe Mattera rated it really liked it
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
Desmond King
May 09, 2016 Desmond King rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this book. I knew I would like this book because in a way it's similar to one of my favorite authors styles of writing. Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about childhood struggles and growing up in a lifestyle that's difficult and proposes a lot of conflict and adversity within your life, which sometimes seems unfair but that's just how it is sometimes. An in The heat by Mike Lupica you see this with Michael arroyo because he's here from Cuba with his brother illegally because they're fa
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.
Chelsea Clay
Apr 16, 2015 Chelsea Clay rated it really liked it
Heat is a great little book for anyone who loves baseball! I find it hard to not fall in love with these characters and get behind their cause. I loved Michael’s story and his amazing abilities as a 12-year-old boy. This is a great book to have on a classroom bookshelf, but I do not see a teacher being able to come up with much to teach from this novel. I would love to teach it to my future children for them to learn acceptance of someone who is different than them. I do not see anyone being abl ...more
Andy Bork
Jan 20, 2014 Andy Bork rated it really liked it
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 Durmishidze
May 20, 2014 Melano Durmishidze rated it it was amazing
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
Peter Nicholson
Mar 16, 2016 Peter Nicholson rated it it was ok
Personal response: I really did not like the book "Heat," by Mike Lupica, because it did not keep my attention throughout the book. I enjoyed reading the baseball scenes of the book, but I could not relate to the characters.

Plot: Michael Arroyo was very good thirteen year old pitcher. His only family was his seventeen year old brother. His dad helped the boys escape from Cuba and died soon after they arrived in the United States. The boys had been avoiding bills and phone calls. One day Michael
Zach Bergstrom
Oct 27, 2015 Zach Bergstrom rated it really liked it
Heat is a great book by Mike Lupica. It is about a kid named Michael who is an elite baseball pitcher that has lost his dad. Him and his brother are having to live by themselves. During his baseball season, the coaches for the other teams don't believe that he is 12, so he can't play. You are going to have to read the book to figure out what happens. I would give this book 4 stars. The reason why I gave it 4 stars wasn't because the book was bad, but it wasn't better than Million Dollar Arm or s ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Ariane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know much about baseball, but I still enjoyed this book. Baseball was more the setting while the story was about brothers from Cuba whose father dies once they arrive in the US. The brothers hide their father's death in order to stay together and not get split up/taken away by "official persons." Although the boys expressed some fear of being sent back to Cuba, I had to keep reminding myself that the story was not focused on their legal status as citizens, but only about being par ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Maeve added it
it was really good! i thought it would be all totally sports but it wasnt
Zach Samuelsohn
May 27, 2016 Zach Samuelsohn rated it really liked it
“Heat” by Mike Lupica is a realistic fiction based novel about Michael, a baseball player from Cuba, who appears to be too good for his little league team. People started questioning his age leaving him suspended from his team until he can show his birth certificate which is stuck at his native home in Cuba. With no parents to help him, Michael and his brother had to work together to survive in New York and attempt to recover his birth certificate. After a long time of waiting and searching, Mic ...more
Mar 27, 2015 Juan rated it really liked it
Title : Heat

Author : Mike Lupica

Main character : Michael Arroyo

Michael Arroyo, a 12 year old boy immigrant from Cuba, comes to the United States for better opportunities to play the sport he loves which is baseball. Everyone loves him for his outstanding pitching and talents he has for the sport. Michael Arroyo lives in a small apartment in the Bronx, growing up with his brother Carlos and watching the Yankees play everyday.

Right before heading into the Little League Playoffs, Michael's teamma
Nicholas Walters
Mar 12, 2014 Nicholas Walters rated it it was amazing

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)


Selection tools consulted: School Library Journal, WorldCat, Maryland Association of School Librarians Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee list (2007-2008).


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
Mar 23, 2012 Joey Dice rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 17, 2012 Kyle Jonsson rated it liked it
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
Feb 18, 2013 CH13_Lisa Matthews rated it really liked it
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
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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.”
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