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Miracle on 49th Street

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,245 ratings  ·  297 reviews
In the tradition of About a Boy comes a feel good sports and holiday novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica.

Josh Cameron has it all: a World Championship ring with the Boston Celtics, an MVP award, a clean-cut image, and the adoration of millions. What he doesn't have is family. Until the day 12-year-old smartaleck Molly Parker confronts him in a park
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Philomel (first published January 1st 2006)
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Raymond
Has anynoe lost someone very close to them and had no one to go to?
This book is about a girl named Molly who her mother just died of of cancer.Molly doesn't know who her father is because her mother never told her about him.As, her mother had a few months to live she wrote letters for Molly to read about who her father is.It turns out that her father is Josh Cameron. That is so great because he is the Micheal Jordan of basketball. Molly tries to get him to belive that she is his daughter ,but h
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Patrick F.
The first book I read this school year was Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica. One of the worst things that can happen to you as a kid is losing a parent. Twelve year old Molly Parker knows how that feels. Molly lived with her mom, Jen Parker, until her sudden death. Molly goes and lives with her moms college friend Barbara Evans who has a husband, and a daughter named Kimmy. Jen Parker left molly with lots of letters explaining that Molly's life is more complicated than it seems. In the lett ...more
Joey Reinberg
I think Miracle On 49th Street by Mike Lupica is one of the best book's I have ever read. This book has a great story line and is very exciting. I dont enjoy reading that much but this book was exceptional. This book is about a little girl Molly Parker. Molly's mom passed away of cancer and she is living with her Moms best friend Barbra Evans. Her mom left her a note when she passed, revealing her true dad, Josh Cameron. Josh is the star of the Boston Celtics. At first when Molly meats him he ju ...more
Josh dees
This is a good book. The book is called MIRACLE ON 49 STREET. The book remind you of the move GAME PLAN. Instead of the sport being football, in the book it is basketball. The protagonist in this book is Molly. She lived in Paris with her mom. She had to go to Boston because she died. She never meat her dad and he never meat her. Her dad is a famous basketball player name Josh Cameron.
The only way she was able to meat him was by sneaking in his car. She did that because he is the most famous p
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Darius Tate
Mike Lupica is a great author. He does a talk show on ESPN today. He is very involved in sports and that's what all of his books are about. Miracle on 49th Street is a book about a girl who has a mother that has just passed away. She wrote a note to her before she passed and she told her about who her father really was. It turns out that he was a NBA all star who plays with the Boston Celtics. The book tells you about the journey she takes to find the bond that she has missed her whole life with ...more
Ben Chiang
Molly Parker wasn't in the plan, she was born unexpectedly. Her mother Jen Parker passed away because of cancer. Before she left, her mother told her the information about he's father - Josh Cameron. Josh Cameron is a NBA player, he is the MVP of the playoff. And she, Molly Parker is one of his fans. Before Molly Parker know about his father, she is already a big fan of Josh Cameron, she knows almost everything about him. His favourite food, his pet's name, what kind of car he drive and so on. A ...more
Josiah
In this Christmas novel that has just as much to say to professional athletes as the juvenile audience at which it is aimed, Mike Lupica delivers a solid storytelling performance about the connections that matter most in our lives, even when it takes us far too long to recognize them. The fact of celebrities having children out of wedlock is hardly a new development, but there's a right way for a superstar to respond to it and a wrong way, and we see moments of both in Miracle on 49th Street. W ...more
Burning Phoenix63
their once was girl named molly parker who mom went with a famous basketball player in colledge and when they broke up in a few years she went to london and had molly and molly was always curious about who her dad was. then her mom got cancer and wrote a note about who her dad was then later she past away. that is when she want to know what josh cameron (her dad). when she went to a celtects game she snuck into josh cameron then she had to explained what happen. after josh cameron read molly's ...more
Simon Yu
This book is about a twelve year old kid named Molly Parker and her life after her mother and she moved from London to Boston and her mother, Jen, died of cancer. Afterwards, Molly Parker becomes an orphan and lives with her mother's formal college roommate, Barbara Evans and her family on 1A Joy Street. Molly also finds and enjoys hanging out with her friend named Sam Bloom in her school. Molly can't stop thinking about her mother and decides to find her mother's old college boyfriend named Jos ...more
Julia
This book is MIRACLE on 49th street by Mike Lupica. Yes! I said a MIRACLE on 49th street. This book is about a MVP of the championship Boston Celtics best player Josh Cameron. One day a girl named Molly came up to him, and claimed that she was his daughter. She talked to him that Jen his girlfriend was her mother, and before she died she told Molly that her father was Josh the famous basket ball player. Josh kepton telling her that she was not his daughter, and Jen never even told him that she h ...more
Jonathan D
Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica is a book about the challenges of not having a mother and father. The book is about a girl named Molly Parker and her father Josh Cameron. Josh is the point guard for the Boston Celtics and has no idea that Molly exists. Molly tries to prove to Josh that he is her father. When he doesn’t believe her she hides in the back of his car and waits to tell him again. When she finally gets another chance to tell him he doesn’t believe her and makes her cry. He feels ...more
Taylor
Molly is a girl about twelve years old. A few years ago her mom passed away because of cancer. Molly never really knew her dad because her mother never told her about him. Her mom only told her stories and her dad's name, Josh Cameron. Molly doesn't even know if she wants him in her life after she gets to know him a little. Josh never even knew that he had a kid. Molly's mother never told him. Honestly, I would never do that! Unless there were extreme circumstances.
Anyway, Molly asks Josh if he
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Lauren
What does a little girl, a star basketball player, a deceased mother and nachos have in common? Nothing, until they were put into an exciting novel written by Mike Lupica. The novel is filled with new twists and turns, along with plenty of setting changes thanks to an adventurous girl named Molly, and she isn’t your average 12 year old girl. Her dad was never around when she was younger and now her mom has just passed away, which is a lot to handle for someone so young. But Molly has her own way ...more
Kathy V
Mike Lupica is a terrific author of books that appeal to adolescents – especially boys! Right now I’m reading Miracle on 49th Street, which is a little different than some of his other titles that I’ve read, but I like it just as much. The main character in this book is 12-year-old girl named Molly. Molly’s mom recently died, but before she died she explained to Molly that her dad is a guy named Josh Cameron. Josh Cameron happens to be MVP of the Boston Celtics and probably the most beloved and ...more
Blake Hamar
Everybody in the world has a favorite celebrity. In Mike Lupica's book, "Miracle on 49th Street", a twelve year old girl loves a basketball player named Josh Cameron. Except the relationship between Josh and Molly is special. Molly is Josh's daughter but Josh never knew about her before now.
Josh Cameron is a star basketball player for the Boston Celtics. Molly is just a regular girl who lives in Massachusettes. The story tells the tales of Molly trying to get her father to believe that she is te
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Cody
Book Review.
Josh Cameron is the MVP of the NBA right now. He is the best player in all of NBA. The only thing he has time for is Basket Ball, and him self. That’s all he cares about. He can’t have a child in his life. All he has been doing all his life was playing basket ball. He has it all.... including a daughter that he never knew. When 12 year old Molly Parker arrives in his life, claiming to be his daughter, she catches him off of guard. Molly says that Josh and her mom, Jen, were college
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Jack M
This book was not my favorite by all means. I feel like it didn't go anywhere, that it was the same thing the whole time. To me, the end was not only predictable, but it stopped very quickly. Maybe it was one of those books where the ending is up to you but I feel like with this book in particular the ending should have given more information after.

In this book, a 12 year old girl named Molly finds out that her father is the star basketball player Josh Cameron. She learned this from the notes h
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Isaiah Bowden
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Max Opelt
This story is an amazing sporting story. Their are parts in this story that physically active people would love and just people who want to read a good book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a basketball fan who enjoys reading books.

The main characters in the story are Molly Parker, who is the main character in the book and spends many years following a man who supposedly is her real father, NBA star Josh Cameron. When they really don't get along, but in the end they love like daught
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Trenton Dianovich
Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica describes the life of a teenage girl named Molly trying to find her father her mother died. Molly’s mother died of cancer and now she has no where to go and is stuck at the house of her mother’s college friend. Molly doesn’t even know who or where her father is because her mother had moved to London without her father before having her. Before Molly’s mother died she had written Molly letters and she had just began reading them. After reading the letters sh ...more
Frank Dipaola
Josh Cameron is MVP of the championship Boston Celtics and a media darling with a spotless reputation he even has a daughter he doesn't even know. When twelve-year-old Molly Parker arrives in his life, claiming to be his daughter, she catches him off guard.Molly says her mom, Jen, revealed his identity before losing her battle with cancer. Josh is not so sure about this girl, she must be trying to scam him for his money. Still, there is something about Molly that reminds him so much of Jen. But ...more
Jason
This story is about Molly Parker, daughter of Jen Parker, who unfortunately lost her life to cancer. Before Jen Parker passed away, Jen revealed the identity of Molly's father, Josh Cameron, who is a NBA championship MVP of the Boston Celtics. As the Molly gets to know more about Josh and the reality, she finally understood why didn't her mother had unveiled this secret earlier. Josh's concern is only basketball, and himself, he has never been good with dealing with other people, especially the ...more
Sophia D
Have you ever wondered what its like to have a dad you have never met and find out he’s a star? Or even, read a book that leaves you hanging Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica has an amazing plot leaving you thinking about what it would be like at the end of every chapter. This story takes place around a recent time in Boston, Massachusetts. Josh Cameron, Molly Parkers so-called father, is the star basketball player on the Boston Celtics basketball team. Josh doesn’t believe Molly that he is ...more
Brandt W
summary- after Jen lost her battle with cancer, Molly her daughter found out about her dad she never had. Molly's dad was the star Josh Cameron for the Celtics. Molly tries and tries to get Josh to except her but after New York Molly gave up but then on Christmas Eve it all changed. Molly then realized that Josh did Want her and went all the way up to New York to find Josh before the game. In the same spot that Josh kissed Jen years Earlier he finally excepted Molly.

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Molly- mom
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Alek Severkovski
Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica is a very good book. Josh Cameron for the Celtics one of the best players ever in the NBA is about to sign a huge contract with Nike. But then little Molly Parker comes into his life with no knowing of who she is Josh Cameron figures out Molly Parker is his girlfriend in college. He has no idea Molly's mom Jen Parker has past away from cancer and is living with her roomate from college. Read to find out more in Miracle on 49TH Street

I rated this book a 5/5 i
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Noah
I thought that this book was amazing, 5 stars. It had a lot of great scenes and very few bad scenes. This book gained my interest right away by introducing the plot. Then it gains some action when Molly Parker comes to Josh Cameron's car in the Boston Garden's parking lot, and Josh Cameron a big-time MVP who is the LeBron James of the book who is full of himself and he is also, Molly's Father. That is the reason that Molly is trying to get to Josh Cameron, and also the plot of the book. This boo ...more
Josh
This book was good because it showed the outside life of a star player in the NBA, Josh Cameron, and how his life was turned around because of the daughter he never knew. What i did not like about this book was that there was the same problem happening with Josh Cameron and his Daughter Molly. What I did like about this book was how it showed Molly becoming friends with many of Josh Cameron's teammates. I also liked this book because it shows the good friendship between Molly and her friend Sam ...more
Dolly
This is a heartwarming tale about relationships and growing up. The story centers on a twelve-year-old girl who has lost her mother and decides to meet her famous father. The narrative is engaging and the characters are likable. This book was selected by our girls' local book club and we started reading it together, but we all finished it independently.

It was an entertaining and fast read (when I finally got my turn to read it), but as a parent, I cringed at how often Molly went off on her own
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Apr 07, 2014 OT added it
Miracle on 49th Street, by Mike Lupica was an excellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and characters. Even though the idea isn't totally realistic, Mike Lupica made each of the characters very relatable, which is always one key characteristic that makes a decent book great. I love basketball, so when one of the main characters is a professional basketball player, I immediately liked him. This book should be read by teenage sports fans because adults probably wouldn't be super interested, a ...more
Brady
This book in my opinion was a really uplifting story about how a girl whose mom died of cancer who told her about her real dad who she didn't want her to know until she died because she thought he would be no better at loving Molly than he loved her. When the story firsts introduces Josh Cameron you think he is a person that only cares about himself because he treats molly like she is some stranger who came up with a story to get money out of him but as the story goes along you find out he actua ...more
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