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Strike Zone

(Heat #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  10 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 dreams he'll meet his
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Philomel Books
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Tamsyn
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 ...more
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)
Abby Glickman
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a really good book about dreams coming true
Ben H
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
very engaging with many twists and turn soild 5 stars!!!
Jennifer
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.
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.
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Nov 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Mary
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.)
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 ...more
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
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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" ...more

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