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Hot Hand (Comeback Kids)

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#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica scores from downtown with his Comeback Kids series for young middle-grade readers.

It's simple. All Billy Raynor wants to do is shoot. After all, he is one of the best shooters in the league. But with his dad as his coach, and his parents newly separated, somehow everything's become complicated. His brother Ben, the piano prodigy, h
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published September 20th 2007 by Philomel Books
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Ladon Stephney
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-hw
Hot Hand is about a boy named Billy Raynor who is on his basketball team.He is the best player on his team and is the best shooter in the leauge.An external conflict for billy is that his parents are going through a divorce and billy is mad because he can do nothing about it.His main internal conflict is that his little brother needs his family to stay together. While reading this book I Made a text to world connection. Billys parents divorce reminds me of how alot of familys have divorces and t ...more
Nicholas Walters
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read the book “Hot Hands” by Mike Lupica. I have always really liked Mike Lupica's books, but in this one, there was more to the book. I can honestly say this is my favorite book I have ever read. I love basketball which is what this book is about, but it’s more about stepping outside a person's comfort zone and doing something that can make him happy, but can make family happy too.

The book is told from 3rd person narrator. The author tells the book in direct and indirect characterization to t
Jan 14, 2016 added it
Mike Lupica’s Hot Hand is filled with drama, excitement, and is somewhat nail biters. Billy, a 10 year old boy has one goal for this basketball season, to win the YMCA basketball championship. While attempting to accomplish this goal, his best friend Lenny is there to help. Through the story the two of them come across obstacles such as bullies, siblings, divorce, and basketball (and lots of it). Towards the end of the book, Billy is caught in the middle. Does he support his brother Ben at his ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jake Hobby 801 12-2-14 Hot Hand by Mike Lupica
In the sports story hot hand takes place mostly on the basketball court or at Billy's house. Some of the events in my story are Billy's parents are getting a divorce, billy living at two separate houses, and billy is the best player on his basketball team but the only problem is while his father is facing problems at home but he is Billy's basketball coach. Some of the characters in the story hot hand are Billy, Billy's dad, Billy's mom, Ben, Eliza,
Billy Raynor is in midst of the one of the most stressful times of his life. Billy, the main character, is dealing with his parents' recent separation and focusing upon basketball, where his father is the hard-nosed coach of the team. The author shows the anger and the confusion causing family split. The Raynor family relationships begin to fragment and grow astranged both inside and outside of the family relationships. Billy's younger brother, Ben, is taken the change especially hard. Within th ...more
Adam Marino
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
book is great
Kaitlin McDonough
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I decided to read this book after having a book talk with a fellow student in class last week. I was assigned to read another one of Mike Lupica's books, Hero, and loved it! So I figured since Hot Hand was by the same author I would give it a try. Hot Hand is a book about a young boy named Billy and the struggles him and his family are enduring. Billy and his brother Ben are trying to deal with the stress of thier parents getting a divorce and focus on what is most important to
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Hot Hand by Mike Lupica is about a 10 year old named Billy Raynor who plays basketball. Billy is one of the shooters in the Y league that he plays in. But with his dad as his team coach (who always yells at him for not being a team player) and his parents getting a divorce, everything becomes more complicated. When Billy's dad cant make his championship game because of his brothers piano recital, Billy teaches his dad what it really means to be a team player.

I personally enjoyed this book becaus
Aaron Sauceda
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. You've just GOT to read it. SoallBillyRaynorwantstodoisshoo- sorry... let me slow down because I'm so excited to share this to you I just blurted it all out SUPER fast. Ok, here I go: all Billy Raynor wants to do is shoot, but his dad wants him to pass more. So they're always mad at each other, and this book shows how Billy goes through it. I recommend this book to anybody that likes sports and drama.
Mikael Harel
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do you like sports and you need a book to read? Well you should read Mike Lupica’s book "Hot Hand". It is an outstanding book. "Hot Hand" is a story about a kid who plays basketball and is really good at it but he has some family problems that happen. What he does to get through them is for you to read and find out.

"Hot Hand" is about a boy whose name is Billy Raynor. He is the best shooter in the league but with his dad as being the coach he and his parents being separated, things become compli
Giancarlo Vega
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The novel, Hot Hand was about an eleven year old kid, Billy who is just getting over his father moving out, and tries to cope with it from basketball. He was also trying to stand up for a bully who was bullying Ben, Billy’s little brother. Because of this, Ben feels hatred because he doesn’t want his older brother protecting him from a bully. He has to try to get along with his dad and his brother at once.
I gave it a five because it was a very unpredictable book. For Example,
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the book "Hot Hand" by Mike Lupica it was great, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it for the age of 8+ but in order to read this book and understand it well you would need some knowledge about basketball. I really loved the part when Billy the main character stands up for his little brother when hes getting bullied.
In this book, Billy Raynors parents get in a divorce which makes it tough on him going from house to house which also makes his stubborn dad mad a lot. Billy is on his dads
Elizabeth Levine
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Hot Hand by Mike Lupica is a part of a series and is realistic fiction. 10 year old Billy plays basketball with his best friend, Lenny. Their dads are both coaches for their basketball team. Ever since Billy's dad left, things haven't been the same. During basketball games they keep on fighting, Ben, Billy's younger brother, hasn't been going to his piano lessons, and their mother isn't always home to take care of them. Billy is always sticking up for Ben at school and always shooting during a g ...more
Chase Lawrence
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read "Hot Hand" by Mike Lupica, it was a fantastic book about a boy named Billy Raynor, who played point guard in backetball.
Billy Raynor had the best shot in the league, well the best jump shot in the league. His father was his basketball coach and things were tough, especially because his parents were divorced. The league he played in was the YMCA and it was his dream to be in the NBA.
I really liked this book and I would really recommend it to any kids who like sports and an easy book to
Whitney Elizabeth
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is great for teens who love basketball I have really enjoyed the mike Lupica’s book’s I love sports and these are one of my favorite sports books series .they are so detailed and they have to do with sports but they also have to do with the charters life . There are always good lessons for kids in these books series ! thank you !
Cole Inda
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is my favor book and it was really good this kid is a really good shooter so that is why its called hot hand.
Jona & Joslyn
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has a great ending!
Mason Koons
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a pretty good book I like it, it's not the best basketball book I read but I like the story of it and I also love mike lupica books
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
it was a very good book. A bit short, but provided lots of information
Devyn Estrela
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Devyn Estrela 10/17/17
Hot hand book review

Hot Hand is a book that is showing someone that really wants something. Billy Raynor really likes basketball. He was the best one on his team for basketball. Billy wanted to practices everyday after school. His plan was to get better at basketball. He wanted to win this years championship in basketball. But the only thing that is stopping him Is that his parents just got a divorce so it's hard for him to to focus on basketball. So while Billy wants to
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
Grades 3rd through 6th

I did not care for this one. I'll admit that my expectations were low, considering that the book is a sports book and I know practically nothing about sports. However, I felt that it had more issues than that. The characterization was terrible. There were literally zero females that were even remotely positive characters. The sister was ditsy with no interests other than makeup and talking, and barely seemed to be part of the family. Never once did she attend a game or Ben'
Jordan Watters
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book Hot Hand by Mike Lupica takes place in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a story about a young boy named Billy Raynor who has his heart set on winning this year's YMCA basketball championship. Along the way though, Billy has some other problems other than basketball. Billy's parents are getting a divorce which depresses Billy and unfortunately, he can't even do anything about it. Also Billy's younger brother Ben, is having a really tough time with the divorce. Billy is trying to take care of ...more
Jun 03, 2015 added it
What would you do if you had a championship game and your brother had piano
recital. This is what happened to Billy Raynor, the main character of the novel Hot Hand, by Mike Lupica. The parents got divorced in the beginning. The mother was always away on a business trip. Billy was on a basketball team and his dad was the head coach. Billy's brother was amazing at playing piano. One day he just skipped his lesson for no reason. Billy's basketball team was undefeated. He ended up getting suspended
Jean Marie
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction-I loved this book. I was able to connect to this book in multiple ways which made me like the book even more. I felt that the author kept you engaged throughout the entire story and made you want to continue to read about the characters lives and the outcomes of their championship game, the piano recital, and their personal relationships. I really connected with Billy when he showed up to Ben's piano recital. I have a younger brother as well and feel proud of him when he accomp ...more
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
do you really love basketball? well I do and also I will show you in this story. this book is realistic because it seem like it can happen but not in real world. but this boy name billy really loves basketball and billy dad coaches him. but his dad wants billy to be a team player, all billy wants to do is shoot, he one of the best shooters in the leauge. his brother name Ben he is a piano prodigy. billy brother Ben hardly ever talks anymore. billy mother always traveling on business. billy is ma ...more
Cierra Garrison
Personal reaction: I was really excited to read another Mike Lupica book after reading Hero, but I have to be honest, I was not super crazy about this book. This could partially be because I'm not a 3rd grade boy that plays basketball, but never the less, the whole story just made me sad. Poor Billy has to deal with his parents being separated, his mother always traveling on business, his little brother Ben slowly becoming a selective mute and his father who's always on his case to be the star p ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Mike Lupica is a great author and has written a number of award winning books. In this book, he writes about a boy named Billy Raynor who has dreams of winning the championship with his schools basketball team, which his dad coaches. However, he faced many a major problem off the court and unfortunately can't do anything about it because his parents decide to get a divorce. His younger brother, Ben has a very hard time dealing with the divorce and Billy helps him tremendously in getting out of h ...more
Kelly J.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Hot Hand
Mike Lupica
165 pages
historical fiction

Hot Hand is by Mike Lupica and is a historical fiction book. Hot Hand is about a boy named Billy Raynor and his parents just got a divorce. Billy is living with his mom but his mom is always working and is in a different state. Billy's dad is the coach of Billy's basketball team and he is always getting on Billy's case whenever he does something wrong and yells at him. Billy has a younger brother named Ben who plays the piano. Ben hasn't been going
Danny Karmin
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Hot Hand a lot by Mike Lupica. It had 190 pages. And I thought it was a great book, and I could never put it down! The main character is Billy Raynor. Billy's parents are divorced so him and his brother, Ben Raynor, have been very upset about the seperation. Their parent's are both trying to spend lot's of time with them with different hobbies. Billy loves to play basketball and his dad has always coached Billy's team. And Ben Raynor plays the piano, and his mom always prepares ...more
Alex Cook
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hot Hand written by Mike Lupica is great book. I really enjoyed reading it, and could not put it down until I finished. I liked it because it was mostly about basketball, it was an easy read, and the book kept you guessing what was going to happen next on every page. This books genre is realistic fiction, because it did not actually happen, but it could have happened in real life. In my opinion Hot Hand is a suitable read for 6th grade and older.
This is a book about a boy who has parents that
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