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Good story for boys, but not limited to male reader enjoyment.

And you think you’re getting heat?  Take a look at Heat by Mike Lupica (Philomel, 2006) Main character Michael Arroyo is so good at pitching in Little League that some coaches don’t believe he is only 12.  Add to that is the fact that he and his 17-year-old brother Carlos are hiding the fact that their father died (all are recent immigrants from Cuba) and these boys are in trouble.  This is a good story with appealing characters.

“Every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not…” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

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