Strike Zone

By: Mike Lupica

Twelve-year-old star Little League pitcher Nick Garcia has a dream. Several, in fact. He dreams he’ll win this season’s MVP and the chance to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium. He dreams he’ll meet his hero, Yankee’s pitcher Michael Arroyo. He dreams they’ll find a cure for Lupus so he sister won’t have to suffer. But mostly, he dreams one day his family can stop living in fear of the government. For one kid, it’s almost too much to bear.

Luckily, Nick has his two best friends Ben and Diego to keep him balanced. But when Nick notices a mysterious man lurking on his street corner, he senses a threat. Suddenly, his worst fears are realized, and just when it seems there’s no one they can trust, an unexpected hero emerges and changes everything.

ISBN: 9780525514886

JLG Release: Dec 2019

Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Topics: Baseball , US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) , Dominican Americans , Family life , Bronx, New York , Emigration and immigration , Hispanic and Latino Americans

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Book Details



First Release

December 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 5.4; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 790L


Print Book


Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism


Baseball, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Dominican Americans, Family life, Bronx, New York, Emigration and immigration, Hispanic and Latino Americans,

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