Friday, November 27, 2009

Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica

Lupica, Mike Million Dollar Throw, 249 p. Philomel (Penguin), 2009. $17.99. Nate Brodie, 13, has won the chance for a one-time throw during the halftime at a major league football to win $1 million. His family is struggling during the financial downturn; his best friend, Abby, is going blind - $1M would go a long way. But, just as he needs his quarterback arm the most, it seems to be failing him. Lupica’s book feels like a part of Dan Gutman’s “Million dollar” series, which is not a bad thing, as I think we need lots of boy-oriented books. I just wish the protagonists were a bit older – there are more elementary level sports books coming out – and not enough middle level sports books. EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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