I am thankful to have the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for Mike Lupica's Fantasy League. While I did not have time to read the book prior to the tour, I can say I am a fan of his previous books. Mike Lupica has a gift for writing books for teenage boys. I cannot tell you how many copies of his books I have bought for my classroom library over the years. They were always the most coveted books for the male readers. I am happy to say that he has a new book coming out this fall: Fantasy League. It's sure to be as well received as his many other novels.
Mike Lupica is the 31 bestselling author of many popular books for young readers, including QB 1, Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Underdogs. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world's finest storyteller.
Mike Lupica has been called "the greatest sports writer for middle school readers." He is the author of multiple bestselling books, including Heat, Travel Team, Million-Dollar Throw, and The Underdogs. As a sports columnist for New York's Daily News, a host of his own show on ESPN Radio, and a weekly member of ESPN's The Sports Reporters, which is televised nationally, he has proven that he can write for and speak to sports fans of all ages and stripes. Mr. Lupica lives in Connecticut with his wife and four children.
Twelve-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear. Soon Charlie befriends the elderly owner of the L.A. Bulldogs -- a fictional NFL team -- and convinces him to take a chance on an aging quarterback. After that, watch out . . . it's press conferences and national fame as Charlie becomes a media curiosity and source of conflict for the Bulldogs general manager, whose job Charlie seems to have taken. It's all a big much for a kid just trying to stay on top of his grades and maintain his friendship with his verbal sparring partner, Anna.