I have wanted to read a book by Mike Lupica and Heat did not disappoint.
Star Pitcher Michael Arroyo has always had dreams of pitching in the Little Le...moreI have wanted to read a book by Mike Lupica and Heat did not disappoint.
Star Pitcher Michael Arroyo has always had dreams of pitching in the Little League World Series. Just when it appears his dream might come true, an opposing team challenges his age. As a Cuban born immigrant, he has trouble proving his birth date. This is further complicated by a family secret which he cannot reveal.
Heat is a true baseball lover's book. Lupica, a sportswriter for the Daily News, definitely gets into the head of a pitcher in a most realistic way. This is not just a boy's book either. There is a good bit of romance with Ellie, the daughter of a very famous pitcher.
Heat is well written and entertaining, with many subplots, which make it a very quick read. (less)
An amazing book about bullying and loneliness. I could not put this book down and what is worse, it made me feel so, so sad about those times I was a...moreAn amazing book about bullying and loneliness. I could not put this book down and what is worse, it made me feel so, so sad about those times I was a bystander. (less)
rowing up on the Jersey shore, I was never all that terrified of sharks. Most of my friends had the attitude, swim and let swim; or rather swim away q...morerowing up on the Jersey shore, I was never all that terrified of sharks. Most of my friends had the attitude, swim and let swim; or rather swim away quietly and let the sharks keep circling around off the jetty. This all changed when the movie "Jaws" was released. Mass shark hysteria hit the beaches and no one was allowed to swim very far offshore. Now, every time I went into the ocean, all I could see was the shark's underwater view of us just waiting to attack!
Jaws also made an impression on an eleven-year-old boy named Hunter Scott. It was when he first heard about the World War II sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the subsequent shark attack on the survivors. Scott turned his curiosity of this event into a history fair project and researched in depth not only the details of the shark attack but also the US Navy court martial of the ship's captain.
Author Peter Nelson uses Hunter Scott's research to write this captivating story. Left for Dead relies on oral histories of the survivors to retell the shark attack and shark behavior in general. For example, it is not only blood that attracts sharks but any body fluid. The book also describes the events leading up to the attack and the reasons the survivors were not rescued sooner. Hunter Scott made it his mission to find out what actually happened in the South Pacific. Was it really the captain's fault that no help came?
Read more and see how an 11-year-old middle school boy can make a difference in the way history is written and in the lives of so many men and their families.(less)
One day the Overlords appear and park their space ships at strategic points around the world. Contrary to our pre-conceived fears about extra terrestr...moreOne day the Overlords appear and park their space ships at strategic points around the world. Contrary to our pre-conceived fears about extra terrestrials, the Overlords come in peace with a desire to help humanity. They proceed to wipe out all violence, poverty, disease and war. How they do this is a very fascinating part of the story. Furthermore, the Overlords will not reveal themselves to humans for the first 50 years. When they do, again, we are faced with a peculiar interpretation of our own culture. With time, we discover the Overlords' motives for coming to earth and their final transformation of the human race.
Some of you may be familiar with Arthur C. Clarke's book 2001 A Space Odyssey which was made into what many believe to be the best science fiction movie of all time. However, for science fiction aficionados, Childhood's End is one of Clarke's most successful novels and a true science fiction classic. (less)