Hero by Mike Lupica

March 11th, 2015 by

Hero_Mike-LupicaSubmitted by Matthew, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This is a great book! It is about a 14 year old named Zachary, Zach seems pretty normal until his dad who works for the president dies in a plane crash. Then he starts to find out the truth behind everything…

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

December 2nd, 2014 by

Submitted by Austin, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

I just finished this book and I thought it was really good!! I thought that because of the discriptians and the details.also at the beginning he fumbled the ball to loss the championship game for his team. But at the end they made it to the championship at he get the same chance. DOES HE FUMBLE AGAIN!! Read to find out more.

Heat by Mike Lupica

June 12th, 2014 by

heatSubmitted by Devin, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

The main characters are Michael the pitcher, Manny the catcher who is also Michael’s friend, and then Carlos who is Michael’s brother.

Michael is suspended from baseball because he had no birth certificate. Then his favorite pitcher from the MLB found a copy. Then he could play again.

I liked this book because it is very interesting.And i play baseball.

True Legend by Mike Lupica

January 14th, 2014 by

True-Legend_Mike-LupicaSubmitted by Gabriel, Age 999 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

its awesome for people who love basketball

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

January 3rd, 2013 by

Submitted by Andy, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

I really enjoyed this book. it is about a boy who lovs football but his town is broke so they cant pay for football. This book is a must read it leaves you haning on every chapter.

Kidsmomo Podcast #63: Big Move, Little Magic

February 21st, 2012 by

From Vietnam to a Chicago museum to the baseball diamond, from true love to doomed love to battles against cockroaches, from learning a new language to singing a new song — our latest podcast is a crazypants assortment of it all! Not to mention Karen has a total freak-out-laugh-attack that you won’t want to miss!

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  • Karen as matchmaker + Nancy as sourpuss
  • Karen’s book review: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Nancy’s book review: The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone
  • A review from YOU: The Big Field by Mike Lupica
  • Karen goes ape cah-razy!!!!!

And don’t forget: write in with a book review below. We’ll feature a kid review in our next podcast!

— Karen and Nancy

The Big Field by Mike Lupica

January 13th, 2012 by

Submitted by Jacob, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

This is one of my favorite books by Mike Lupica. It is about a boy named Hutch who is on a summer baseball team and is very good. Then a shortstop named Darryl comes and takes Hutch’s spot at short stop so they are always fighting and mad at eachother. Then they go to their “World Series” and Darryl and Hutch become teammates and good friends.

Duck, Duck, Goose (Cats)

June 26th, 2010 by

My sister, Cindy, has had two cats since they were kittens — one named Duck and the other Goose. They are brother and sister so obviously, they have very different personalities. Despite that, they love each other! Here they are giving each other a hug:

Goose is on the left, Duck is on the right.

I like to imagine that when we’re off to human work doing human things, they don’t just lie about sleeping. They are like Chester Cat from Bunnicula — they have intelligent conversations and read excellent literature.

Goose is the older brother, and although he’s very much a cat, I’ve always thought he acts like a dog — he’ll even beg for table scraps! Here he is, ready to pounce on some hamburgers we’ve cooked up:

His love for food is so great that it has overcome his modesty and belly. Long ago when Goose was a kitten, he was quite the active “sports kitten.” He would relentlessly chase laser lights and play with balls of twine. Now… well, check out this recent photo of him:

As he’s become accustomed to the cushy lifestyle Cindy has provided for him, he’s less of a “sports cat” and more of a sports fan — a sports fan who particularly enjoys snacking while watching the game. Which is why I know he’d love these two books from our food books theme and sports books theme, respectively: The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling and Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica:

But Goose isn’t just a meathead cat with sleep and food on his mind. He’s also a proud and sensitive soul — here he is, defending his home from the neighborhood bully:

Which is why I know he’d also enjoy Crash by Jerry Spinelli, all about Crash Coogan, a smug jock and bully who changes for the better.

When that mean neighborhood cat sneaked into our home, it upset Duck, Goose’s little sister, to no end. She’s always been a little skittish, and whenever someone new enters a room, she’ll run and hide:

When the humans aren’t home, I think Duck is spending all her time looking into conspiracy theories. I think she believes she’s a human, her brother thinks he’s a dog, and she’s spent her lifetime trying to figure it all out. So a book she would have read over and over would be The Doom Machine by Mark Teague:

But despite her… erm, unique theories, she’s still just a nerdy, shy, nervous kitten at heart — so someday she should pick up Ann M. Martin’s Mary Anne Saves the Day (BSC #4) and Libby on Wednesday by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

These two books are all about two shy, smart, sensitive girls who eventually come out of their shells.

Perhaps one day I’ll go visit Duck and Goose and catch them with their reading glasses near the fireplace, curled up next to a good book, right before bed:

A rare moment where Duck doesn't run away. But she doesn't like having her photo taken, either!

Based on what I’ve told you about Duck and Goose, my eccentric feline nephew and niece, what books would you recommend to them?

— Nancy

Nancy spends quite a lot of time giving personalities to animate animals and inanimate objects. She loves to eat, sleep, and is a little bit skittish herself, too.

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Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica

February 9th, 2010 by

million_dollar_throwReviewed by: Michael, Age 12 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is about a boy named Nate “Brady” who has a chance to win a million dollars at a patriots game. His best friend has an eye condition that someday she will go blind. Will Nate make the through and help his friend get her eyesight back?

Looking for a Home Run? Read Heat!

November 12th, 2009 by

Heat by Mike Lupica

Heat by Mike Lupica

The season may be over, but if you’re a baseball fan, you don’t have to wait until spring training to get your fix. Kidsmomo to the rescue! Just check out Heat, written by famous sports columnist Mike Lupica.

The book is about 12-year-old Michael Arroyo, who has an amazing arm and dreams of making it to the major leagues. And he’s already on his way as the star player for his little league team.

But then a rival team’s coach accuses him of being too old for the league. No problem, right? Michael can just show everyone his birth certificate, can’t he? Actually, no. Because his birth certificate is stuck in Cuba, and Michael is an orphan living with just his older brother — even though it’s against the law, it’s just the two of them fending for themselves. And no one can know, or else they’ll be sent to foster care, or worse, back to Cuba.

Oh, and did I mention that Michael has girl trouble too? (Of course he does.)

PLUS, with the recent World Series match-up, the timing couldn’t be better to pick up this book — it takes place in the Bronx, and Michael’s goal is to pitch in the Little League World Series at Yankee Stadium! So if you’re a Yankees fan, then you can continue your celebrations, and if you’re a Yankees hater, then you can get worked up all over again. Either way, you’ll at least root for Michael.

Don’t believe me? Read an action-packed excerpt from the book for yourself, or check out these book trailers made by Heat fans:

This one was created by J.C. at Dowdell Middle Magnet School — minor spoiling warning!

 

And this one deserves a MAJOR SPOILER WARNING… but it definitely gives you a sense of what the book’s about! Also, no sound for some reason. But still awesome!

Of course, if you’ve read Heat already, add your voice to the mix! You don’t have to make your own video (dude, we’re not slave drivers here); just leave a comment with your opinion on the book.

— Karen