I barely remember the book because I read it a few years ago but all I know is that the story is not boring. His plan was to get better at basketball. Through the story the two of them come across obstacles such as bullies, siblings, divorce, and basketball and lots of it. Billy loves to shoot when he plays basketball, much to the annoyance of his coach, who wants him to pass more often. Billy is trying to help Ben and win the basketball championship at the same time.
Billy wanted to practices everyday after school. Lupica, through this book, tries to explain that irrespective of the difficulties and adversities, one should never ever give up on a dream even if it seems a bit far-fetched. Billy continues to shoot often as the season goes on. Nearing the end of the game the score is tied at thirty-eight mostly due to Billy for hitting three pointers. All Billy Raynor wants to do is shoot. Billy Raynor had the best shot in the league, well the best jump shot in the league. He began his newspaper career covering the New York Knicks for the New York Post at age 23.
I recommend this book to anybody that likes sports and drama. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Billy, the main character, plays basketball, but his brother, loves playing the piano and the big day for both of them lands on the same day. Yet I think mostly boys would like but maybe a few girls would like it. These are worthy additions to collections seeking to draw in middle-grade boys with an enthusiasm for athletics. Maybe it was something lawyers did, explained things until you practically knew them by heart.
Billy had a really hard time getting over the split, and seemed to hate his dad until the very end of the book. When Billy's parents gets a divorce it gets to him and his dad which is also the head coach of his team. Billy's dad admitted he was wrong that he didn't go to Ben's recital, and he was proud that Billy did go. I was assigned to read another one of Mike Lupica's books, Hero, and loved it! At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Billy's father is struggling to adjust of being a basketball coach, father, and working full time having the kids on weekends. Billy, the main character, is dealing with his parents' recent separation and focusing upon basketball, where his father is the hard-nosed coach of the team. So while Billy wants to win the championship he needs to take care of his brother Ben because of the divorce, also help with his parents divorce and help himself get thru the divorce.
He has to try to get along with his dad and his brother at once. The author cut everything to the bone so the book was easier to read and so I didn't have to read as much. It is an outstanding book. And his dad is always on his case about not being a team player. This was my favorite part of the book because it shows how hard the divorce is on Billy and how he really feels.
Billy's team is down four points leading into the fourth quarter. But things are not rosy for him as he has no parents and his birth certificate is lying in his native home in Cuba. Since 1987 he has been writing a column for the Esquire magazine. In the last two minutes in the final game before the playoffs, Lenny passed the ball to Billy. Also it was really interesting and unique book and that is another reason why i liked this book. I would likely keep a book like this in my classroom library for my sports-obsessed students, but honestly I'd rather find a more positive sports book. Autobiographies Lupica has co-written autobiographies with Bill Parcells and Reggie Jackson and has also collaborated with noted author, William Goldman.
If I could give this a rate from one star to five stars it would be a five star. She'd told him and his sister and his little brother that she had to go back up to Boston for a few days because of this big case she was working on. His brother Ben, the piano prodigy, hardly talks anymore. His main internal conflict is that his little brother needs his family to stay together. The story takes place in a small town just like mine. After all, he is one of the best shooters in the league. He wanted to win this years championship in basketball.
This book is one to many of his Comeback Kids series. His works have been published in Parade, Playboy, Tennis, Sport Magazine, the World Tennis et al. His main internal conflict is that his little brother needs his family to stay together. Billy is trying to take care of The book Hot Hand by Mike Lupica takes place in Boston, Massachusetts. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. These are worthy additions to collections seeking to draw in middle-grade boys with an enthusiasm for athletics. So I figured since Hot Hand was by the same author I would give it a try.
This story is great for motivation. Billy was being guarded by two guys. But as far as Billy could tell, they all were. I think a child more sports knowledgeable would find it really interesting. Will Billy and Ben adjust to the divorce? What did you think of it? As I continued reading this story I saw multiple connections different children can connect with. The author seems very believable in this book because this can be a lot of people lives.
After the game, Billy's dad yelled at him that he didn't pass the ball. They qualify for the league but their first few games they are beaten quite comprehensively. That being said, I do think that there are some positives to this book. The reader can easily relate to many events that have been described in the book and many high school teens can easily connect with the character of the book, Danny. I wish that the team would have lost at least one of the games so that we could have seen how Billy and the team, as well as his father, dealt with the fallout.