Hot Hand

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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 hardly talks anymore. His mom is always traveling on business. And his dad is always on his case about not being a team player. But when Ben's piano recital falls on the same day as the championship game, it's Billy who teaches his dad the meaning of ...
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Overview

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 hardly talks anymore. His mom is always traveling on business. And his dad is always on his case about not being a team player. But when Ben's piano recital falls on the same day as the championship game, it's Billy who teaches his dad the meaning of being a team player.
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For young hoopster Billy Raynor, life holds no higher purpose than a perfectly executed, game-winning three-point shot. But lately, things have shown him that the world is a bit more complicated than his basketball dreams. His parents have separated; his piano prodigy brother is retreating into silence; his mother is always gone; and his coach/dad can't seem to conceal his irritation that Ben isn't a team player. Mike Lupica's sports novel intertwines athletic excitement with a convincing examination of human problems that kids can understand.
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Billy's dad has moved across town due to his parents' trial separation. Since his dad is the coach of his basketball team, practices and games are their main contact times. These times are stressful for Billy because his dad criticizes him constantly. Billy is good at making baskets, but his dad does not think he is a team player and wants him to pass the ball more often. Billy's best friend is the best player on the team and they are working together toward a perfect season of wins. Billy's younger brother Ben, a piano prodigy, is taking his parents' separation harder than they realize. Billy comes to Ben's defense when the school bully tries to injure his piano playing hands and covers for him when he misses a piano lesson. When Ben's piano recital and Billy's championship game occur at the same time, Billy makes a decision that seems mature beyond his ten years of age. The fast-moving plot with lots of basketball action and likeable characters will appeal to sports minded readers in upper elementary and middle school grades. Part of the "Comeback Kids" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Publishers Weekly

Lupica (Miracle on 49th Street) again relays fast-paced basketball action in this involving first volume of the Comeback Kids series. The narrative moves equally sure-footedly off-court to explore the dynamics of 10-year-old Billy's family. His parents have recently separated, and his father, Joey, has moved to another house. Joey is also Billy's demanding, hot-headed basketball coach, constantly criticizing his son for shooting rather than passing during games. Billy's well-intentioned mother works long hours as a lawyer and travels frequently. Younger brother Ben, as passionate about the piano as Billy is about basketball, becomes increasingly withdrawn and, alarmingly, begins to skip piano lessons. Billy comes to Ben's rescue when a school bully picks on him, but resents feeling that his often-absent parents expect him to take care of his vulnerable brother. Tensions peak when Ben's piano recital and Billy's championship game occur at the same time; their mother is called out of town, and their father refuses to miss the game for Ben's recital. The resolution is pat, but pleasing-although not as pleasing as the sports writing. Lupica moves to the gridiron in the series' Two-Minute Drill, due the same month. These should score big with middle-graders looking for alternatives to Matt Christopher's titles.Ages 8-up. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature
Billy is mad when his dad moves out because he, his brother Ben, and their sister are often left with the nanny while their mother is away on business. Ben, a piano prodigy, is also upset by the parent’s separation. He is so quiet that no one notices his anguish until Billy discovers that Ben is not going to his piano lessons. Basketball gives Billy his happiest moments, in spite of the fact that his dad, as the coach, comes down hard on him. Billy likes to shoot as often as possible and is backed up by his friend Lenny. Billy’s dad wants him to learn to pass and be part of the team. The crisis comes when the final basketball game and Ben’s recital are scheduled for the same time. Billy has to choose between playing in his game and supporting his younger brother. This is part of the “Comeback Kids” series. Against the background of his parent’s separation, Billy tries to balance his own needs with the needs of his team and his family. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599611754
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Comeback Kids Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 165
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Lupica
Mike Lupica is the author of many novels for sports fans, including Red Zone, Bump and Run, and Wild Pitch. His columns for the New York Daily News are syndicated nationally, and he is a regular on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. Partial to the little guys, Mr. Lupica enjoys coaching youth basketball. He lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife and their four children.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Aweswrgfgfh

    Good book!!!!!! Mike Lupica strikes again ;D

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Great Book

    This was a great book that was very encouraging

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Its ok

    Not the best, but still pretty good.Id recommend it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    1. Book 1: Hot Hand Author: Mike Lupica 2. The editorial rev

    1. Book 1: Hot Hand
    Author: Mike Lupica


    2. The editorial review list who all the main characters of my story was, it also says what is the theme of the story it also gave a summary of the story.



    3. They gave the book a 5 star . I agree with the rate they gave my book. Because the book was very good. But there was 1 one i didn’t agree with because they gave my book a 3 star review, because i think that my book is a 5 star book.


    4. It came from a reader review, I thought I thought it was helpful because it told me what star i should give my book.


    5.In a reveiw you should include what star it is, what the book is about, and what is the theme.


    6. Yes, they should want it in a review because that is what is most important in a review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great book

    Comeback Kids
    Mike Lupica


    This is a good book. I enjoyed reading it and hope you will too. The story is about a rec basketball team. Billy, is the main character. He is also the coaches son. Lenny, is billy's best friend and he,is on his basketball team. They play the game good with each other.
    There is some controversy between Billy and his father. This is happening at practices, during games, and outside the basketball court.
    What is the cause of all of this. Will they be able to work things out. Read the book and discover the answer. If you like basketball then you will love this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Good book I like how it has a problem and that is dad didn't bab

    Good book I like how it has a problem and that is dad didn't baby him like turkeytits dad

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Heart warming

    Makes you feel like you can do anything

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Hot Hand

    Great book if you like basketball

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Awesome

    Great book -swagg monstr 007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Vary good book

    I give that book a1000000000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Ok

    Its ok

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    ok

    The book is ok i am not a big sports fan but i read it for school i think the past tense and present tense get mixed up and who is talking is unclear andthere are too many names in the game so i get confused other then that the book is ok

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Ya

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    This book is good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    ok

    it was hard to get into

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

    great book

    This book is very good and I recommend this book to everyone. Also if you like basketball u will defiantly like this book. Another reason I recommend this book is because it is about friendship

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2009

    It was grate

    Since I like basketball my reading teacher told me about this book.When I started reading it.I thought it would be boring but it tern out being exciting. When I finsh it I sarted raeding Travle Team. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    pretty good

    i think it was a pretty good book, some unsupecting turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Good sports book

    i read most of his books and this one is a nice easy read for kids who love basketball.

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