He’s been practicing some new moves and lately he’s more surprised when he misses his shot than when he scores. But this isn’t going to be the season Gus expected, because their team is getting a new player—and she just happens to be one of his best friends. 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.
Point Guard Home Team - But this year gus is even more excited about basketball than any other sport he’s ever played. Can gus find a way to bring the home team together both on and off the court, or will all these prejudices block their shot at a winning season? Gus knows cassie is more than good enough to compete on the boys’ team, and steve’s dad voicing his views on immigration as he runs for office, and besides they really do need a point guard, so why isn’t he able to shake the feeling that she belongs on their bleachers rather than their bench? And to make matters worse, with their center Steve Kerrigan constantly making comments about his Dominican heritage, Gus is starting to wonder if he really belongs in Walton after all.
The Extra Yard Home TeamSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - 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. He started working out, shaping up, and even earned a spot on the Walton baseball team, that went all the way to the Little League World Series.
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? Simon byr. 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.
The Extra Yard Home Team - And teddy isn’t happy about it. 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. Teddy, a young football player, learns that sometimes bridging the distance in your family can be harder than stretching for an extra yard on the field in the second book of the Home Team series from New York Times bestselling author and sports-writing legend Mike Lupica.
Last spring Teddy’s life changed for the better.
The Only Game Home TeamSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - As jack and cassie’s friendship deepens, their circle expands to include Teddy, a guy who’s been bullied because of his weight. Little League World Series. Simon byr. Can a young baseball star maintain his love of the game after the loss of his brother? Find out in this start to the Home Team series about a small town with high hopes, from New York Times bestselling author and sportswriting legend Mike Lupica.
Jack callahan is the star of his baseball team and seventh grade is supposed to be his year. The works. Records shattered. Jack’s best friend gus can’t understand how Jack could leave a game that means more to them than anything else. 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.
The Only Game Home Team - Time spent with these new friends unlocks something within jack, and with their help and the support of his family and his old friends, Jack discovers sometimes it’s more than just the love of the game that keeps us moving forward—and he might just be able to find his way back to The Only Game, after all.
That is, until he up and quits. Jack’s brother has passed away, and though his family and friends and the whole town of Walton thinks baseball is just the thing he needs to move on, Jack feels it’s anything but. But jack is done. Simon schuster Books for Young Readers.
Team Players Home TeamSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - Soon no one besides cassie seems to even want Sarah on the team anymore, and the harder Cassie tries to bring everyone together, the worse things seem to get. Cassie must learn that you can’t “fix” someone else after a girl with Aspergers joins her softball team in the fourth and final book of the Home Team series from New York Times bestselling author and sports-writing legend Mike Lupica.
Cassie bennett is great at being in charge. 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, sometimes literally. So when sarah milligan, joins cassie’s team, an autistic girl with unreal softball skills, Cassie’s sure she can help her fit in with the team.
Team Players Home Team - 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? Simon byr. It doesn’t help that cassie’s teammates aren’t as interested in helping Sarah as they are in making sure they make it to the new softball All-Star Tournament that’ll be televised just like the Little League World Series.
Simon schuster Books for Young Readers. She always knows what to do to lead her teams to victory, keep her many groups of friends together, or fix any problem that comes her way.
True LegendPuffin Books - True Legend - Simon byr. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under his wing. Before long, much to the chagrin of his mother, True buys in to his own hype, who wants to keep her boy's head grounded--and suddenly trouble has a way of finding him. It's the kind that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks--and with problems.
Simon schuster Books for Young Readers. 1 new york times bestseller mike Lupica makes his return to the basketball court! 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.
Team Players Home TeamSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - 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? Simon byr. Cassie must learn that you can’t “fix” someone else after a girl with Aspergers joins her softball team in the fourth and final book of the Home Team series from New York Times bestselling author and sports-writing legend Mike Lupica.
Cassie bennett is great at being in charge. Simon schuster Books for Young Readers. So when sarah milligan, joins cassie’s team, an autistic girl with unreal softball skills, 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, sometimes literally.
Team Players Home Team - It doesn’t help that cassie’s teammates aren’t as interested in helping Sarah as they are in making sure they make it to the new softball All-Star Tournament that’ll be televised just like the Little League World Series. She always knows what to do to lead her teams to victory, keep her many groups of friends together, or fix any problem that comes her way.
Soon no one seems to even want sarah on the team anymore besides Cassie, and the harder Cassie tries to bring everyone together, the worse things seem to get.
Summer BallPuffin Books - Simon schuster Books for Young Readers. But it won't be easy. The sequel to the #1 new york times bestseller Travel Team!When you're the smallest kid playing a big man's game, the challenges never stop—especially when your name is Danny Walker. Simon byr. Now danny's heading to right way basketball camp for the summer, and he knows that with the country's best players in attendance, he's going to need to take his game up a notch if he wants to match up.
Old rivals and new battles leave Danny wondering if he really does have what it takes to stand tall. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off.
Fast BreakPuffin Books - Forced to live on his own after his mom dies and her boyfriend abandons him, 12-year-old Jayson does whatever it takes to get by. Within a day a social worker places him with a family from the other side of town, the Lawtons. He will do anything to avoid the foster care system. A must-purchase. Booklist"lupica's announcer-like delivery will have you breathless, on the edge of your seat, cheering.
Florida Times-Union Simon byr. But not everyone in Jayson's new life is so ready to trust him. He manages to get away with his deception until the day he gets caught stealing a new pair of basketball sneakers. New home, new school, new teammates. Jayson, is combatative, at first, testing the Lawtons' patience at every turn.
Fast Break - Puffin Books. Game over. He wants out, yet the Lawtons refuse to take the bait. Simon schuster Books for Young Readers. From the #1 bestselling author of heat, Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw comes a feel-good basketball tale reminiscent of The Blind Side. It's on jayson to believe that he deserves a better life than the one he once had.
Last Man OutPuffin Books - After all, his father Patrick is a Boston firefighter--one of Boston's bravest. Last man out is a thoughtful tribute to the bravery of firefighters and the need we all have to live up to the level of our heroes. As is characteristic of lupica’s books, the sports segments, most particularly the football portions, are exceptionally well written.
Voya"in the best traditions of sports writing, this will leave readers both breathless and thoughtful. Booklist Simon byr. Now tommy's biggest battle has nothing to do with football. Yet he never said anything about leaving in an ambulance. And the bravest. And the kid who always had such respect for risk on the gridiron finds himself drawn to it off the field.
Last Man Out - Set in new england, home of the patriots' football dynasty, Mike Lupica shows off his trademark knack for spinning a tale that's equal parts sports action and heart. From the #1 bestselling author of heat, the thrills of skateboarding, Travel Team and Fantasy League comes a story of heroes, family, and football.
When the brighton bears suit up on game day, 12-year-old Tommy Gallagher is the toughest kid on the football field. Puffin Books.
Travel TeamPuffin Books - Simon schuster Books for Young Readers. Simon byr. Puffin. Puffin Books. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. Danny's father, and together, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.
Travel Team - . For fans of the bad news bears, the underdogs, the mighty ducks, here is a book that proves that when the game knocks you down, and Million-Dollar Throw, Hoosiers, and Mike Lupica's other New York Times bestselling novels Heat, champions stand tall. The #1 bestseller! twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court -- but don't tell him that.
No Slam DunkPhilomel Books - 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. A touching story about teamwork and family, No Slam Dunk shows that even in the face of adversity, of selfishness and generosity, giving your best is the surest way to victory.
Praise for mike lupica:-"Lupica is the greatest sports writer for middle school readers. Voya on true legend-"lupica will win a Pulitzer for his sportswriting one day he should have won it already. The new york Times on Heat Simon byr. Simon schuster Books for Young Readers. That you had to know when to take it yourself and when to give it up, that finding the right balance was key.
No Slam Dunk - A fast-paced, heartfelt story for basketball fans that proves being a good teammate remains the most important quality in basketball--and in life, from New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica. Wes' father always told him that there was only one ball in basketball. So at every practice and game, above all, Wes tries his best to be a good basketball player and, a good teammate.
As the season kicks off, Wes finds that not everyone on his team has the same idea. Puffin Books.