Shoot-Out (Comeback Kids Series)

Shoot-Out (Comeback Kids Series)

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by Mike Lupica
     
 

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Unabridged CDs, 3 CDs, 3 hours

Read by Keith Nobbs

The latest in #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids novels is a cheer-worthy ode to the one sport played by more kids across the country than any other-in the summer of the next World Cup.  See more details below

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Unabridged CDs, 3 CDs, 3 hours

Read by Keith Nobbs

The latest in #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids novels is a cheer-worthy ode to the one sport played by more kids across the country than any other-in the summer of the next World Cup.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—In Mike Lupica's latest addition (Philomel, 2010) to his Comeback Kids Series, Jake has gone from being on a star soccer team to his new school's horrendous one. He tries to have a good attitude and do the best he can while boosting the morale of his teammates. However, Kevin, one of the team members, won't have anything to do with Jape, and he won't even really play the game. Jake's coach urges him not to give up on Kevin, who has recently lost his mother to cancer. While the story is a bit didactic and is resolved too neatly, the sports aspect is exciting. Keith Nobbs's narration is expressive and well-paced. A good choice for reluctant readers and those wanting more contemporary books than those by Matt Christopher.—B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara Public Library System, CA
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An enjoyable sports story with lots of action
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
Twelve-year-old Jake is a soccer star who loves the game, but when his family moves to a new town, he is forced to leave the championship team he played on for a new team—a losing team. Jakes really hates to lose. Of course, there are worse things, Jake realizes, when he learns that his withdrawn new teammate Kevin is coping with his mother's recent death. Their coach charges Jake, a star player, with the responsibility of helping Kevin connect with the team, even though Kevin initially rejects all Jake's attempts. Jake tries to find a way to befriend Kevin, and to redefine what being a winner really means. With lots of sports action, as you would expect from sports columnist and ESPN commentator Mike Lupica, this is an appealing choice for sports fans, especially boys. Lupica nails the relationships, the dialogue and the slang, as Jake and his buddies—and his supportive, soccer-playing mom—tease each other in a good-hearted way and learn what true sportsmanship is. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143145721
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/13/2010
Series:
Comeback Kids Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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” column, which appears every Sunday.

He began his newspaper career covering the New York Knicks for the New York Post at age 23. He became the youngest columnist ever at a New York paper with the New York Daily News, which he joined in 1977. For more than 30 years, Lupica has added magazines, novels, sports biographies, other non-fiction books on sports, as well as television to his professional resume. For the past fifteen years, he has been a TV anchor for ESPN’s The Sports Reporters. He also hosted his own program, The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN2.

In 1987, Lupica launched “The Sporting Life” column in Esquire magazine. He has published articles in other magazines, including Sport, World Tennis, Tennis, Golf Digest, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, Men’s Journal and Parade. He has received numerous honors, including the 2003 Jim Murray Award from the National Football Foundation.

Mike Lupica co-wrote autobiographies with Reggie Jackson and Bill Parcells, collaborated with noted author and screenwriter, William Goldman on Wait ‘Till Next Year, and wrote The Summer of ’98, Mad as Hell: How Sports Got Away from the Fans and How We Get It Back and Shooting From the Lip, a collection of columns. In addition, he has written a number of novels, including Dead Air, Extra Credits, Limited Partner, Jump, Full Court Press, Red Zone, Too Far and national bestsellers Wild Pitch and Bump and Run. Dead Air was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Mystery and became a CBS television move, “Money, Power, Murder” to which Lupica contributed the teleplay. Over the years he has been a regular on the CBS Morning News, Good Morning America and The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour. On the radio, he has made frequent appearances on Imus in the Morning since the early 1980s.

His previous young adult novels, Travel Team, Heat, Miracle on 49th Street, and the summer hit for 2007, Summer Ball, have shot up the New York Times bestseller list. Lupica is also what he describes as a “serial Little League coach,” a youth basketball coach, and a soccer coach for his four children, three sons and a daughter. He and his family live in Connecticut.

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