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Hot Hand
     

Hot Hand

4.2 36
by Mike Lupica
 

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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

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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 being a team player.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599611754
Publisher:
ABDO Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Series:
Comeback Kids Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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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Hot Hand (Comeback Kids Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book!!!!!! Mike Lupica strikes again ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best, but still pretty good.Id recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book I like how it has a problem and that is dad didn't baby him like turkeytits dad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that was very encouraging
SwagCam12 More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because I love to play basketball, and I like the author. I’m on a competition basketball team right now with a few of my friends. I thought this book would be all about basketball and how Billy never misses a shot all season. I didn’t expect to read about how much he loves his little brother and helps him deal with a bully at school and their family drama. This book was even better than I was expecting. It showed that Billy loved something as much as he loved basketball. Billy Raynor is an amazing player who spends all of his time playing basketball with his best friend Lenny Dinardo who is also a star player on the team. Billy has an older sister named Eliza  who is obsessed with clothes and her teenage life. Ben is the younger brother to Billy and is a piano prodigy. Billy and his dad love sports and have bonded over basketball but they bring their  family problems to the court. His dad is a tough coach and expects a lot from Billy. He also thinks Billy is a ball hog. Everyone in the Raynor family is wrapped up in their own lives and no one is  talking about their feelings. Billy and Ben seem to have the hardest time dealing with their parent’s separation. This books talks a lot about basketball techniques and can teach anyone more about this sport. I liked this book for two reasons. 1. It Is full of exciting basketball experiences and showed that Billy and Lenny are very dedicated to basketball. These best friends played in the snow and late at night to improve their skills.  2. Billy defends his little brother against the school bully that is named- Zeke the Geek. The bully was squeezing Ben’s arm and Billy was worried that it would affect his piano playing. Billy’s dad was mad that he was fighting at school and made him sit out one whole basketball game.  Even if you don’t love sports this book will help you to understand more about the game of basketball and maybe even like it. I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 9 up. I give this book 5 stars because it was full of action on and off the court.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
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Makes you feel like you can do anything
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book if you like basketball
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Great book -swagg monstr 007
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give that book a1000000000
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.