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Strike zone

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A timely and heartfelt follow-up to #1 New York Times bestseller Heat, about a young baseball prodigy and his immigrant family living in today's America. Twelve-year-old star Little League pitcher Nick Garcia has a dream. Several in fact. He dreams he'll win this season's MVP and the chance to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium. He dreams he'll meet his hero, Yankee's pitcher Michael Arroyo. He dreams they'll find a cure for Lupus so he sister won't have to suffer. But mostly, he dreams one day his family can stop living in fear of the government. For one kid, it's almost too much to bear. Luckily, Nick has his two best friends Ben and Diego to keep him balanced. But when Nick notices a mysterious man lurking on his street corner, he senses a threat. Suddenly, his worst fears are realized, and just when it seems there's no one they can trust, an unexpected hero emerges and changes everything. Praise for Strike Zone : *"Lupica skillfully addresses the timely and complicated topic of living as the child of undocumented immigrants and the uncertainty facing many American families....This exceptional baseball novel delivers both lively sports action and critical subject matter." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) --"Lupica's action sequences are thrilling and fast-paced....[a] solid purchase where Mike Lupica and the Yankees are popular." -- School Library Journal --"As he did in Heat, Lupica skillfully juggles the baseball drama with the larger social issues that swirl around it, vividly putting a human face on the immigration crisis." -- Booklist --" Strike Zone brings the game of baseball to life, but moreover, it addresses immigration, a current issue in U.S. culture and politics. Teens will choose to read Strike Zone as a "sports book" but will root for Nick both on and off the field. The Garcia family's desire to become legal U.S. citizens is well woven into this fast-paced story." -- VOYA
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Grouping Titlestrike zone
Grouping Authorlupica mike
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ils:.b26269569BookBooksEnglishPhilomel Books, 2019.249 pages, 14 pages ; 24 cm.
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subject_facetBaseball -- Fiction
Baseball stories
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction
Dominican Americans -- Fiction
Dominican Americans -- Juvenile fiction
Families -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile fiction
Family life -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction
Sports fiction
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- Fiction
title_displayStrike zone
title_fullStrike zone / Mike Lupica
title_shortStrike zone
Baseball stories
Dominican Americans
Family life