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Mike Lupica


Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica is a prominent sports journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 works of fiction and nonfiction. A longtime friend to Robert B. Parker, he was selected by the Parker estate to continue the Sunny Randall series.

Mike Lupica

Books by Mike Lupica

by Mike Lupica - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Sports
Cassie Bennett is great at being in charge. So when Sarah Milligan, an autistic girl with unreal softball skills, joins Cassie’s team, Cassie’s sure she can help her fit in with the team. But before long it’s obvious that being around so many people is really hard for Sarah, and the more Cassie tries to reach out and involve her, the more Sarah pushes her away. Cassie Bennett never backs down from a challenge, but can she realize that maybe the challenge isn’t fixing a problem in someone else, but in herself? Or will her stubbornness lead her to lose more than just softball games?
by Mike Lupica - Family, Fiction, Friendship, Sports, Youth Fiction

Wes' father always told him that there was only one ball in basketball. That you had to know when to take it yourself and when to give it up, that finding the right balance was key. So at every practice and game, Wes tries his best to be a good basketball player and, above all, a good teammate. As the season kicks off, Wes finds that not everyone on his team has the same idea. All-star player and the Hawks' point guard, Danilo "Dinero" Rey seems determined to hold the spotlight and the ball, even if it means costing his team the game. If Wes is to lead the Hawks to the playoffs, he'll need to find new ways to dish out an assist --- even if it means his most important one comes off the court.


by Mike Lupica - Children's, Children's 10+, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Sports, Youth Fiction

When Clay zips across the field, arms outstretched, there’s no denying him the catch. And his coach, a former player for the Dallas Cowboys, is like a second father. But as the season kicks off, Clay begins to notice some odd behavior from his coach. Coach Cooper is showing side effects of the many concussions he sustained during his playing days. As Clay’s season wears on, it becomes clear that the real victory will be to help his coach walk onto that famous star logo in the middle of Cowboys Field one last time --- during a ceremony honoring him and his former Super Bowl-winning teammates.

by Mike Lupica - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Sports, Youth Fiction

What happens when a star player ends up on the worst team? He either learns to lose or he stops playing the game he loves. These are the choices facing Jake, who has gone from champion to last place, testing his sportsmanship every time his soccer team gets waxed. It is his teammate Kevin who shows Jake that being a good captain means scoring and assisting off the field as much as being the star player on it.

by Mike Lupica - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Everyone assumes that Gus, whose family is from the Dominican Republic, is a baseball guy. But this year Gus is even more excited about basketball than any other sport he’s ever played. He’s been practicing some new moves and lately he’s more surprised when he misses his shot than when he scores. Plus now that he’s convinced his friend Teddy to try out for the team and Jack’s shoulder is healed, it looks like Walton’s home team will be unstoppable. But this isn’t going to be the season Gus expected, because their team is getting a new player.

by Mike Lupica - Children's, Children's 10+, Coming of Age, Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues, Sports, Youth Fiction

When the Brighton Bears suit up on game day, 12-year-old Tommy Gallagher is the toughest kid on the football field. And the bravest. After all, his father Patrick is a Boston firefighter --- one of Boston's bravest. Tommy's dad taught him everything he knows about football --- and life. Yet even Tommy isn't strong enough for what happens when the sirens ring and, for the first time, they're racing away from the fire. Now Tommy's biggest battle has nothing to do with football. And the kid who always had such respect for risk on the gridiron finds himself drawn to it off the field.

by Mike Lupica - Children's 8-12, Friendship, Sports
Last spring Teddy’s life changed for the better. He started working out, shaping up and even earned a spot on the Walton baseball team, and with the team he went all the way to the Little League World Series. But the best things to come out of that season were his friendships with Jack, Cassie and Gus, and the confidence to finally try out for the sport he really loves --- football. So when eighth grade begins, Teddy couldn’t be more psyched.
Until his mom drops a bomb: his father --- who left them a long time ago --- is back in Walton and back in their lives. And Teddy isn’t happy about it. As a former star football player at the school, Teddy’s dad is thrilled to find out his son is going out for the team, but Teddy begins to wonder if his father only cares about him now because he’s putting on the helmet. Can Teddy find a way to go the extra yard for the team and for himself, or is the distance between him and his father too much to overcome? 
by Mike Lupica - Children's, Fiction, Sports, Youth Fiction

Jack Callahan is the star of his baseball team and sixth grade is supposed to be his year. That is, until he up and quits. Jack’s best friend can’t understand how he could leave a game that means so much. But Jack’s brother has passed away, and though everyone thinks baseball is just the thing he needs to move on, Jack feels it’s anything but. In comes Cassie Bennett, star softball player, and the only person who seems to think Jack shouldn’t play if he doesn’t want to. As Jack and Cassie’s friendship deepens, their circle expands to include Teddy, a guy who’s been picked on because of his weight.

by Mike Lupica - Sports, Youth Fiction

12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear.

by Mike Lupica - Fiction, Health/Fitness, Sports, Young Adult 10+
Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights. He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season --- not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen.
by Mike Lupica - Fiction, Relationships

Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league. And now that Shawn O'Brien has joined their team, they are a shoo-in to win it all. But there is a new point guard in town, Chase Braggs, who seems to be better, stronger and faster. Ben's rivalry with Chase seems to take the fun out of playing ball with his best friends. Will Ben be able to pull it together for his team and for himself?

by Mike Lupica - Fiction, Sports, Young Adult 10+

There's a reason teammates call him "True." Because for basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. Before long, True buys in to his own hype. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under his wing.

by Mike Lupica - Fiction, Sports

Eleven-year-old Ben McBain wants to become starting quarterback on his school’s football team. Standing less than five-feet tall, Ben doesn’t measure up, especially against Shawn O’Brien. Shawn has the size and arm strength, but not the heart. And he has a secret that Ben has promised not to tell.

by Mike Lupica - Fiction, Sports, Young Adult 10+

With no funding for things like uniforms and a cared-for playing field, with seemingly every other family moving to find jobs, there simply isn't enough money or players for a football season. Can one kid rally an entire town and give everyone a reason to believe?