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Miracle on 49th Street

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,530 ratings  ·  462 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 parki
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Owen Dybus
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Aha, I found the perfect one!”
Miracle on 49th Street is about a girl who moves around constantly for her step dads work. She ends up in Boston and meets an NBA player, and then something insane happens, Molly (girl) needs to ask questions.

This is a very spectacular book, it's very good for kids and also has a great life lesson. This won't be a book that you will want to abandon or put down because the flow never stops! When you're reading and an exciting part ends another one is coming, don
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Frankie Anello
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was a pleasant surprise for me given the fact that I initially picked it up thinking it was going to be a classic Mike Lupica sports book, basketball in this case. However, the story is not really centered around basketball and it is more of just a side note. The entire book has Molly Parker, a 12 year old girl who recently lost her mother to cancer, trying to convince her Mom’s ex-boyfriend and superstar Celtics point guard Josh Cameron that she is his ...more
Chris Cai
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall great book, but confusing to early readers, as the storyline is set up uniquely.
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Paul Smith
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
After reading this book I think that it was an entertaining and somewhat action-filled book. Although, if I were to recommend this book to someone it would be to someone a little younger than me because this book was pretty easy. I also picked it out in the first place because I like basketball and I thought the cover and the summary on the back were pretty interesting so I checked it out. But this book was not as good as I thought it was and if i had the chance to read it again I probably would ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Anna Walston
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The theme of this book is to always believe you'll end up where you're supposed to be. 12-year-old Molly Parker's mom died when they moved back from Europe to the United States. Molly found out that Josh Cameron (professional basketball player and plays on the Celtics) was her dad. At first, Josh did not believe Molly at all when she told her he was her dad. As he got to know her, he started believing her more and more. Many obstacles occurred in Molly's lifetime, but she kept on going and life ...more
Gerald Capra
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica is a story about this young girl Molly Parker. In the book Molly's mother, Jen Parker, has died of cancer and near the end of her mom's life she told Molly that Josh Cameron, an NBA superstar, was her biological father. The whole book is Molly trying to convince Josh that she is really his daughter. I enjoyed the story a lot and it's a good book for people of all ages.
Hayden Coleman
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was one of the best books that I have ever read!!!!
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mrs. Katz
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Simon Yu
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jonathan D
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Patrick F.
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Joey Reinberg
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Blake Hamar
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my all-time favorites. It's warm, funny, and heart-breaking. The characters are wonderfully developed, the plot never gets boring, and the mood of the book makes it impossible to put it down. The way that the relationship of Molly and Sam is developed makes you believe in true friendship and the way Molly and Josh Cameron become closer and closer adds to the intensity and emotion of the entire situation. There are no unnecessary descriptions that make your eyes glaze over and ...more
Ben Chiang
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Christopher Almaguer
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica is about a twelve year old girl named Molly Parker. Molly is going through some tough times because her mom just died of cancer. She is living with her aunt in Boston, and by all the letters her mom sent her she figures out that she has a dad. Her dad is Josh Cameron, the best point guard in the NBA. Now she is trying to convince Josh that her mother Jen Parker is her mom. I would recommend this book to people who like basketball and suspense.
Koen Robida
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. Probably my favorite all year. The book is about a girl named Molly who's mother had died in England and Molly goes to live with her mom's friend in New York. Which is also where her dad lives. Molly tries to convince her dad that she's his daughter. Molly's dad doesn't even know he has a daughter. Molly's dad is also one of the best basketball players in the NBA, his name is Josh Cameron. He plays for the Celtics. After awhile in the book Josh decides to take care of M ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read and listened to this book several times. I love Molly's determination to get her father to believe in her. The ending is incredible. If you liked Miracle on 34th Street - you'll love this book which I read at Christmas. Awesome book for girls and boys who love sports and will enjoy reading about a big-time basketball star, his agent and how he deals with fans - and then his daughter when she shows up and spins his world upside down!
Michael Vasko
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having spent many years of his life as a sports writer, Mike Lupica is qualified to write about athletes. Therefore Lupica understands the complexity of professional athlete’s lives. However, his 2010 fiction book Miracle on 49th Street mainly succeeds because Lupica creates a complex backstory and realistic motives for the characters. Following a teenage girl whose father is just now learning of her existence, the book includes a surprising amount of major and minor character development as wel ...more
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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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