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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Bringing the 'Heat'

The book 'Heat,' written by Mike Lupica, is a phenomenal book that alternates between baseball action and some of life's hardships. The main character of the book is 12 year old, Michael Arroyo. He is an amazing baseball player who can pitch at speeds of up to 80 miles ...
The book 'Heat,' written by Mike Lupica, is a phenomenal book that alternates between baseball action and some of life's hardships. The main character of the book is 12 year old, Michael Arroyo. He is an amazing baseball player who can pitch at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. He plays for the South Bronx All-Stars, a team that he has helped get to the Little League World Series. A rival coach questions his age and forces him to show a birth certificate. Since he, his father, and his brother fled Cuba at an early age, he was not able to get a birth certificate. The certificate was still in Cuba. The shocking death of Michael's father occurs, leaving the Arroyo boys hiding from authorities. His older brother Carlos then becomes a father figure in his life, helping him reach his goals of winning the Little League World Series. Manny, his friend and teammate, is very supportive to his situation. As well as his neighbor Mrs. Cora. His best friend in the book is Ellie, who is the daughter of the New York Yankee's star pitcher, el Grande. Both el Grande and Ellie help him by getting his birth certificate from Cuba, making him eligible to play in the Little League World Series. The play by play of the championship game keeps the reader on edge of their seat until the final out is made. It's a great book that teaches great life lessons while making it fun with some baseball action. I highly suggest if you are a baseball fan, or just anyone, to read 'Heat!'

posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2008

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable

Heat by Mike Lupica is a fiction book, but you¿ll never know with all the action, suspense, and home runs! I enjoyed Heat because it¿s a sports book, but even more because it goes beyond other fiction books by putting in real life events that people everyday go through....
Heat by Mike Lupica is a fiction book, but you¿ll never know with all the action, suspense, and home runs! I enjoyed Heat because it¿s a sports book, but even more because it goes beyond other fiction books by putting in real life events that people everyday go through.
Heat takes place in the Big Apple, New York City in the year 2007. The main character Michael Arroyo has many conflicts throughout the story which involved him trying to always have food to eat, where his father is, and taking his little league baseball team to the World Series. Mike tries to get a job in the story to try to help him and his brother have more money for food, so he is thinking wisely about the situation. He also meets a girl in the park and she happens to know about Michael¿s father. Michael also had a game where his whole team was struggling and if they lost they were eliminated, so he had to buckle down and pitch incredible as he did that game.
The author writes this story from the author¿s point of view and makes a lot of the people talk with ¿New York¿ accents. He also writes a lot of descriptive words to describe a lot of little things in the story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys action and suspense and maybe a little fast action baseball! Anyone who enjoys literature would spend hours reading this book to find out how it all will end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Bringing the 'Heat'

    The book 'Heat,' written by Mike Lupica, is a phenomenal book that alternates between baseball action and some of life's hardships. The main character of the book is 12 year old, Michael Arroyo. He is an amazing baseball player who can pitch at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. He plays for the South Bronx All-Stars, a team that he has helped get to the Little League World Series. A rival coach questions his age and forces him to show a birth certificate. Since he, his father, and his brother fled Cuba at an early age, he was not able to get a birth certificate. The certificate was still in Cuba. The shocking death of Michael's father occurs, leaving the Arroyo boys hiding from authorities. His older brother Carlos then becomes a father figure in his life, helping him reach his goals of winning the Little League World Series. Manny, his friend and teammate, is very supportive to his situation. As well as his neighbor Mrs. Cora. His best friend in the book is Ellie, who is the daughter of the New York Yankee's star pitcher, el Grande. Both el Grande and Ellie help him by getting his birth certificate from Cuba, making him eligible to play in the Little League World Series. The play by play of the championship game keeps the reader on edge of their seat until the final out is made. It's a great book that teaches great life lessons while making it fun with some baseball action. I highly suggest if you are a baseball fan, or just anyone, to read 'Heat!'

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Mikes got style

    I thought this book was excellent Id reccommend it to any reader ages 9-13

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    i liked it because......................

    Heat by mike lupica is an inspiring realistic fiction book. Heat is a great book. What makes heat a great book is that its exiting Heat made me feel like I was in the book on the way they worded it. Heat takes place at first in Cuba. Heat later on in the story takes place in the United States.
    In Heat Mick is a 12 year old boy who dreams of playing little league and going to the MLB. On this journey both his parents died and had to live with his 2 older brothers. Therefore while going and living in America, Mick and his brother have to avoid questions and not get caught. If they got cough social service would have to put them in a foster home. Mike tries his best to follow his goal. He goes to a lot of trouble to get past the umpires and teams who have a position to throw him off the team. This is because Mick has no proof of his age in only kind. He also finds his way around social services. This allows him to follow his goal and dream.
    Heat is told nicely by Mick. It is told nicely because he goes from scene to scene without confusing you. It also makes it like you where right in the book along side him. If you like to read a thrilling and exiting story, read Heat. Also if you've read Holes and liked it you might want to read Heat.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Great book

    This is a great book if you are a baseball lover

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Mike Lupica is an author who does mainly ¿sports fiction¿ novels

    Mike Lupica is an author who does mainly “sports fiction” novels, but he does stories on “realistic sports fiction” that really could’ve happened.  The author has a very useful skill on bringing the setting and the main character to life during the story.  Heat was one of his better novels and truly inspiring about a story of a pitcher working out of a jam, but not just in the game.  
    A Cuban boy named Michael Arroyo living the Bronx, New York City, has a special talent of being able to throw a baseball 80 mph at 12 years old.  Michael has older brother, Carlos who is 17 and almost 18.  Their mother, had died when the boys were young.  Having no mother made it their fathers’ responsibility to take care of them, teach them how to be men, and make sure they become successful.  But their father recently had just died, leaving the two boys to themselves in New York City.  Carlos works jobs to keep necessities in life still running and Michael just tries to keep quiet.  Michael gets a girlfriend that he met while playing baseball and she really helps him along with Manny, Michaels best friend, and they both help him with his problems.
    Troubles with public officials possibly finding out about them living alone are constant and they always face the scare of being deported back to Cuba the two closest being in chapter 21 and 23.  On page (145, 146) when Manny’s Uncle Timo had to pretend to be Michaels Father and talk to the public service worker.  Meanwhile Michaels’ dream of taking his little league team to the little league World Series in Pennsylvania is at risk where he thinks he may not be able to play because he does not have a way to prove his birth date. He had a game where he showed he could truly pitch and had “Heat” (29).  He also dreams of being like the Cuban pitcher for the New York Yankees “El Grande.”  Michael and Carlos are waiting for Carlos to turn 18: but people are starting to ask questions about Michael and his “Heat,” when he plays and it draws a lot of attention.
    Mike Lupica is one of the most descriptive authors out there.  His knowledge of New York City was also impressive and his love for the game of baseball is very appealing for readers; especially people who want to read on sports struggles and main character connections.  In this book in particular, the main character Michael continues to run into problems, and the setting of New York City makes it even harder being that they don’t live in the nicer part of town.  In Mike Lupica’s descriptive writing style he really brings the main character to life which makes the very interesting and exciting to read.
    The theme would be on overcoming against all odds as Michael and his brother face the challenges of being deported and even sustaining money to live the U.S. is very difficult.  Michael faces struggles of him being in the game pitching out of a jam and then off the field.  He knows how to pitch but he doesn’t always know how to talk with public officials and with adults as well.  In the game he is himself, in his “zone”.  But his best friend, Manny is the one who helps him with all of his troubles outside of the field and is a very special and reliable person to Michael.
    Heat is one of the most inspiring baseball novels a teenager or anyone can read.  It comes very highly recommended from many sports writers.  A great 4.5 out of 5 and is even better for people to relate to and put themselves in that setting.  Michael faces his struggles “on and off the mound.”  He was born to be a great pitcher, his father said it, his friends said it and even he knows it, he was made for greatness.
    Matt Jones a 15 year old sophomore attending Voyager Academy High School is on the baseball and basketball, team which is why most sports stories really inspires and interests him. Since playing in a State Championship after being on the bench all year, stories about overcoming are common with him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Sophia

    Yes?

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    Posted December 2, 2012

    Ty

    Waits for sophia

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  • Posted October 3, 2012

    Higly recomended

    This was a very good book and it really expressed the feelings of teenager going through rough times. It was very well writing and the plot of the book was really good. i liked how there were lots of mini plots thought the story. This book was an amzing book.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Something For Kids

    This book is actually interesting , its somethhing that i really enjoy anybody should get this !(:

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    Great To Read

    i really liked the book and i recommend for you to read it. It is about Michael Arroyoa (a young 12 year old boy that lives in Bronx,New York.) He lives with his older brother in an apartment,which is home to Michael. The kid really likes baseball and he has a fastball that really brings the heat. He also dreams of making it to the MLB, but there is a secret that he is hiding from everybody. Michael is trying to make sure that no one can find out about his secret because it could ruin his dreams and even stop him from playing baseball. His secret is that he escaped to the United States from Cuba and his dad died along the way that is why he lives with his older brother who is only 17 and cant work at anywhere that requires a birth certificate and his and Michael's were left back in Cuba. Michael can pitch faster than anyone around his age. He eventually leads his team to compete in the national youth tournament, but the people start recoginizing him and ask for his birth certificate or he cant play. A old friend from Cuba shows up with his birth certificate and they win the national title. It was a very good book and i enjoyed reading it.You should also read it.I think you will like it very much.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

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    Must check this book out.

    One of my favorite books is the Book "Heat". The book Heat is written by the author named Mike Lupica. He is now one of my favorite authors because of the kind of books that he writes. The Book "Heat" is about a 12 year old kid named Michael Arroyo. This boy goes through a lot of hard times in his life. He doesn't have a lot of money, and his dad is dead. Even though Michael has all these problems, he has one thing that he loves doing, and this thing is playing baseball. Michael loves baseball and he is really good at it. He is a pitcher, and he can throw at speeds of 80 miles per hour, that's amazing. He plays for the south Bronx All-Stars, this is a team that he had helped get to the little league world series. When Michael and his team go up against a rival coach and team, the other coach starts to question Michaels age, so the coach asks Michaels coach for a birth certificate. The thing is that Michael and his family had fled Cuba when he was at a young age, so they forgot the birth certificate in Cuba. The good thing was that Michaels best friend Ellie went to Cuba with her older brother that is another pitcher that is also going to the little league world series. He and his little sister Ellie go to Cuba to get the birth certificate for Michael so he can play in the little league world series. The game is very exiting, every play by play that there is in this game was very exiting to me, I was always very exited on what was going to happen next play until the last out happened. This book is a great book, it has romance, a little bit of action in it, and the story was just great.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Highly recomend this book for all readers!!!

    "HEAT" is a great book! Mike Lupica did a wonderful job writing one of the best stories he's ever created! "HEAT" is about a twelve year old boy, Micheal Arroyo, who is a pitching star for his little league All-Star team in the Bronx, New York. Micheal previously lived in Cuba with his loving father, Victor (a.k.a Papi), & his seventeen year old brother Carlos. Micheals mother died from cancer when Micheal was young. Victor always had the dream of going to the Little League World Series, but since that never happened he pressured that dream on Micheal. Shortly after moving to the Bronx, Micheal's father passed away, leaving Micheal and Carlos to survive on their own and avoide having Micheal taken away by Social Services. Micheal also meets a beautiful young girl whom he spies watching him. This girl turns out to be the last person Micheal would of suspected. To go along with Micheals hard life, he must now produce a birth certificate for a rival coach who is jealous of Micheals skill. Micheal will be able to prove that he is of age but it will give away that he is an illegal immagrant. To make mattters even worse, the copy of the birth certificate is back in Cuba & he has no way of retreiving it. I really did love this book for so many different reasons. Mike Lupica does a great job of creating a certain imagery for the readers to make them feel like they are there! "Mrs. Cora walked slowly up River Avenue in the summer heat, secure within the boundries of her world. The great ballpark, Yankee Stadium, was on her right. The blue subway tracks were above her, the track colliding up there with the roar of the train as it pulled into the station across the street from the stadium, at 161st Street and River." (Lupica 1) That's the first paragraph in the book. The only reason I continued was because he drew me in so well. I also really liked this book because Lupica made the dialouge so realistic. "Before the season is over, we'll get two tickets and watch him in person," Carlos said. "I promise." "You know we can't afford them." "Don't tell me what we can & can't afford," Carlos said. "Sorry," Micheal said. "No, Miguel, I'm the one whose sorry, I'm a little tired today, is all." "We're cool," Micheal said. "That's right," Carlos said. "Who's cooler than the Arroyo boys?" (Lupica 10-11). This is about Carlos and Micheal arguing about if they have enough money or not to pay for Yankee's tickets. This is realistic because all brothers argue, usually not about financial troubles, but all brothers do argue & all brothers do make up. Micheal and his brother must overcome many struggles and they are both very grateful for eachother. Though the love of baseball is definetly a central theme throughout the book, the novel is not just sports-centered. The book is really of a story of great courage & determination. I highly reccomend this book to all readers because it will keep you entertained throughout the whole story. Reading this book will want you to read every other last book by this wonderful author, Mike Lupica.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    A must read for baseball lovers!

    The fictional novel Heat by Mike Lupica was an interesting story set in New York City during the early 2000's. The main character of the book was Michael Arroyo, a twelve years old illegal Cuban immigrant. Michael and his older brother Carlos were newly orphaned after their father suddenly died. Michael's best friend and one of his District 22 baseball teammates was named Manny Cabrera. Ellie was also one of Michael's friends. Ellie's father, "El Grande" was Michael's favorite player on the Yankees and known as a great pitcher. Michael was the best player on his team and could throw a baseball 80 miles per hour. In baseball, Michael's biggest rival was a blond haired kid named Justin who played on "The Westchester South Giants". Michael's biggest problem was that he did not have a birth certificate to prove his age, which made him ineligible to play. In the middle of the District 22 semifinal game, El Grande, Ellie, and a large crowd of people showed up and gave Michael a birth certificate so he could play. In the end, The Clippers beat the Westchester South Giants, so Michael and the Clippers got to play in the District 22 finals at Yankee Stadium.

    The novel Heat contained many positives and negatives. One positive was the way the Author made you understand how hard Michael could throw a baseball. I found this to be pretty amazing because I play baseball and I could not imagine facing a 12 year old who could throw 80 miles per hour. Second, The characters, especially Michael and his brother Carlos were well described. For example, you really understood how difficult it must be to live as an illegal immigrant in the United States. This was shown when Mr. Gibbs, a little league baseball official almost uncovered Michael's status as an illegal immigrant. Third, the author made it exciting when he described how big and beautiful Yankee Stadium was. On the other hand, there were a few negatives, such as: the plot was anti-climatic because you never found out who won the final game at Yankee Stadium. Second, some characters like Ramon were boring. Ramon was Carlos' friend who was arrested after he stole a handbag. I was curious why Ramon was a thief, but the author never really explained why. Lastly, at times the plot seemed to drag on. Especially when Michael was hoping for his birth certificate to show up, the book really slowed down.

    The author, Mike Lupica, has a unique writing style. He obviously likes sports and understands baseball. He used third person writing style and made the book fun to read. For example when describing Michael's entrance into Yankee Stadium, he wrote; "Then he walked down the runway and up the dugout steps and the next thing he saw was all the blue of Yankee Stadium, and grass, an ocean of green grass, greener than anything he had seen in his life." Author Lupica wrote clear enough for me to understand the major points of the book. In general, he explained the topics in such a way that it was fun to learn about Michael's life. Heat was straightforward and easy to understand.

    In the end, I would recommend Heat to my friends, particularly my friends who like baseball. The main reason for this recommendation is that Heat was a very enjoyable sports book. Even though the book was slow at times, I really enjoyed Heat. Some similar novels authored by Mike Lupica include: Wildpitch, Travel Team, Red Zone and Bump and Run.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    HEAT: A Great book by a great author, Mike Lupica

    I read this book and it is a great story.Michael Arroyo only has so much in his life, his brother Carlos, baseball, and a recently past father. After his father deid, his and his brother have to hide from acs. And now he needs his birth cirtificate to play baseball, which is all the way back in cuba, with no known family there, he has no way to prove he's 12 with a throwing arm that can throw 80 mph's. Then he meets his idol, a Cuban Yankee pitcher named El Grande who helps out in a couple of ways, which you will find out in the book. Its a great book and I hope you enjoy it!

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    If your child likes to read in depth stories, they will love this book.

    My 11y/o son loved this book. He couldn't wait to see how the story would end. I also read this book with him and found it very heartwarming, sad, and fun. What more could a kid ask for. It's a must read.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    Good Book

    Michael arroyo has always had a talent for playing baseball. Playing with his little league team people start to say he's to good and looks a little over age. A group of coaches ban him from playing baseball for his team unless he shows a gift certificate. This is a problem because he is an immigrant from Cuba and he and his brother, carlos, have been living alone ever since their father died a few months back. It was a very good book. Mike lupica is an excellent author and interprets the story very well. I could have delt with less baseball games though. Those parts were very boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

    The Most Amazing Book Ever

    Heat is a sports fiction novel, excellently written by the one and only Mike Lupica. My love for baseball is the main reason I absolutely loved Heat. I could easily relate to the main character because of his love for baseball and everyday teenage problems. Heat all goes down the summer of 1990 in Bronx, New York. With Michael¿s father dead and Michael and his brother, Carlos, living alone how will they be able to survive? When people start questioning if Michael is too old to play in Little League, they need his birth certificate. How will they get it from Cuba if his father is not there to get it for them? From Michael and his friend, Ellie, getting into a screaming match, to Michael not being able to play baseball, all the way to Carlos being arrested for scalping at a Yankee game you can easily tell this is a wonderful book. But, when Michael¿s best friend, Manny, comes up with an idea to disguise his uncle as Michael¿s dead dad so he can play baseball again, he might have gone too far! Mike Lupica uses awesome dialect, language, and style. Since most of the characters have a Spanish background, his use of words like, ¿vamos¿ and ¿elcorazon¿ make it more realistic. But, what really got to me was the non-stop suspense and out of this world climax. I think true baseball lovers, like myself, should read this book. They will absolutely love the realistic feel of the game. If you like or are interested in Heat, you should also read Peak.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    High Heat, Carl Deuker, Sports Fiction

    Travel Team is about a kid who is said to be to short for a travel team. So the kid creates his own team of kids who didn¿t make it to compete against teams in the travel teams league. I like this book because it was about playing basketball and that everyone should be able to play and that size doesn¿t matter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    The novel Heat is written by Mike Lupica. Heat is about a junior pitcher, Michael Arroyo, from Cuba. 3 years ago Michael, Carlos, his brother, and his Father, papi, snuck to Florida, then moved to New York. Michael is very swift of a pitcher. He wants to pitch in the Little League World Series him and his team, the New York Clippers in Division 22, are very superior. It¿s a very grand book, and hopefully he gets to his destiny. Can he make this dream become reality?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    HEAT

    This book was very good. I recomend this book to any body who loves to read about sports.

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