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Strike Zone

(Heat #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A timely and heartfelt follow-up to #1 New York Times bestseller Heat, about a young baseball prodigy and his immigrant family living in today's America.

Twelve-year-old star Little League pitcher Nick Garcia has a dream. Several in fact. He dreams he'll win this season's MVP and the chance to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium. He d
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Philomel Books
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Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think that Strike Zone is a relly good book i really enjoyed reading it and i tottaly rrecommend it to anyone! But also i would recommend it because the problems that were happening in the book were just realistic and it was like i was really there with him on the baseball feild and when he is talking to his friends. And it was a good thing that i could think that!
Leigh Anne
Lupica weaves baseball and immigration seamlessly. Although I felt it preachy at times, I don't think kids will pick up on that. Kids who like to write about their baseball games need to read this as a mentor text to see how to write a scene without dragging out the game. ...more
Jolie Lucarelli
theme: never stop believing
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think the theme the of this book is whatever dream you want to succeed then don't stop,keep reaching for them.Just like 12 year old nick Garcia who wanted to pitch in the big leagues ...more
Will M
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think the theme is that you can never give up on hope no matter the odds
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Decent read, and I agree with the point the author is making, but I felt like the book was a bit didactic.
Abby Glickman
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a really good book about dreams coming true
Ms. Yingling
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Nick Garcia's baseball team, the Blazers, is playing in the Dream League championships, and Nick hopes that his pitching is good enough to earn him the MVP award, which would let him throw out the first pitch at a Yankees game. He and his friends are all doing their best, and since Nick loves baseball, he has a good chance, even though he has an old mitt and has to listen to Yankees games on the radio. He feels a strong kinship with one of the star players, Michael Arroy
Nov 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-new
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Great Read for All Baseball Fans!

Once again, Mike Lupica stuns us with another amazing sports book called Strike Zone. I feel that this book deserves 5 stars because it has a very solid plot and incorporates a lot of immigration situations that are currently going on in America. The main character is Nick and he loves baseball. He lives in New York City and can see Yankee Stadium from his home. He dreams of throwing the first pitch at the stadium but he still has challenges to overcome, both
Ryan Myers
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strike Zone by Mike Lupica is a baseball book about a kid named Nick Garcia. Nick Garcia is from the Dominican Republic and he is one of the best baseball players in this huge tournament that his team is in. He is trying to win the championship and the MVP award. If he wins the MVP award then he would get to throw out the first pitch at a Yankees game in front of his hero Michael Arroyo. But he and his family are trying to hide from Immigration and Customs Enforcement AKA “ICE”. Nobody knows abo ...more
I loved Heat when I read it more than 10 years ago, so when I heard there was a companion/sequel to it I knew I would read it. This book introduces Nick Garcia, a new character with a similar background and situation to Michael Arroyo, the original character, who is now pitching for the Yankees. Like Michael, his hero, Nick is also an amazing pitcher, but his family lives in fear of their parents being deported back to the Dominican Republic. We spend a summer with Nick and his best friends in t ...more
Brendan Daly
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read about a young boy who dreams of making it to major leagues. A bit preachy at times about immigration but the author’s heart is in the right place.
Paul Parkinson
Sep 30, 2019 marked it as couldn-t-finish-but-tried
Could tell it was going to get somewhat political (immigration) and I'm just not up for that now. May try another of his (he writes the Robert B. Parker Sunny Randall series) ...more
Ben H
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
very engaging with many twists and turn soild 5 stars!!!
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-6th-grade
At first I felt it was a little preachy, but the more I got into it the more I liked it. And you can always count on Mike Lupica to make you cry! (In a good way.)
Melody Kenney
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mike Lupica hits a homer with Strike Zone. This story will strike the hearts of kids that love sports, both boys and girls. But the story offers even more that will appeal to a wide audience of young readers. Lupica deals with the current immigration issue with great humanity. Themes of loving families, friendship, sports, competition, a community of good neighbors, and just a touch of budding romance add to the depth and reality of the story.

The story is set in the Bronx in the summer during a
Shelley Alongi
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
The man knows his baseball that’s for sure. I liked all the explanations of the sport since I’m researching it for a future novel then I’m writing I’ll just about pick up anything. It was a nice storyline. I thought maybe it was a little heavy on the I don’t know if I want to say finger-pointing although it certainly did not shy away from the reality that exists in the immigration community. I thought it made some good points and then I wondered at the ending if that ending would really happen. ...more
Sep 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Nick Garcia is from the Dominican Republic and he is one of the best baseball players in his little league tournament. He wants to win the MVP award so that he can throw out the first pitch of a New York Yankees game. His family is hiding from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) because since his family is immigrants, he doesn't want his family to fall apart as his role models' did. Nick has two best friends; Ben and Diego.
This book explorers the theme of trust and faith in his friends and
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. Twelve-year-old Nick Garcia is a star Little League pitcher. His team, the Blazers, is part of a tournament where the MVP will get the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees’ game. Nick is a top contender, but as he goes through the short tournament season he constantly has one eye looking over his shoulder, waiting for the worst. Waiting for his sister’s health to take a turn for the worst. Waiting for his parents to be taken by ICE. What would happen then? This is a loo ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great YA fiction, because it not only explores baseball but also immigration and relationships. I loved that Michael Arroyo from Heat shows up in this novel as an adult pitching for the Yankees. I like the way Lupica tells stories that can focus not only on sport but also current issues.
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was a very good story, would read again
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming story. Loved the family and friends. Loved the teamwork on and off the field.
Jan 17, 2020 added it
Very well written.
James H
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. I thought it was written very well, and that the author took his time on the book. However, I found some parts of the baseball games kind of unrealistic.
Aiden Strzelecki
very good book
Eileen Winfrey
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fans of Mike Lupica will not be disappointed. A good reintroduction to this next group of 4th-8th grade baseball lovers who haven’t read Heat. Current. Best for Yankees fans 🤣
Brenda Kahn
Entertaining. Good baseball action. Engaging problem with ICE. A bit convenient and after-school-special-ish, but should be popular with students.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
3 1/2
Wesley Schaeck
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mike Lupica is one of the most prominent sports writers in America. His longevity at the top of his field is based on his experience and insider's knowledge, coupled with a provocative presentation that takes an uncompromising look at the tumultuous world of professional sports. Today he is a syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, which includes his popular "Shooting from the Lip" colum ...more

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