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Heat

by Mike Lupica

Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family's escape from Cuba, Michael's only family is his seventeen-year-old brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated in the foster-care system or worse, sent back to Cuba.

Together, the boys carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. But then someone wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws. With no way to prove his age, no birth certificate, and no parent to fight for his cause, Michaels secret world is blown wide open, and he discovers that family can come from the most unexpected sources.

Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
5.5
Lexile Measure
940L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
V
Publisher
Philomel Books
Number of Pages
220
Genre
Realistic Fiction

About the Author

Mike Lupica Mike Lupica is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers.

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