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Title: Million-Dollar Throw
Author: Mike Lupica
Publisher: Published November 3rd 2009 by Philomel Books (first published July 7th 2009)
ISBN: 9780399246265
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#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica asks the question: If a million dollars was at stake, could you make the throw? Nate Brodie is nicknamed “Brady” not only for his arm, but also because he’s the biggest Tom Brady fan. He’s even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he’s never dreamed of—to throw a pass through a #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica asks the question: If a million dollars was at stake, could you make the throw? Nate Brodie is nicknamed “Brady” not only for his arm, but also because he’s the biggest Tom Brady fan. He’s even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he’s never dreamed of—to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars. Nate should be excited. But things have been tough lately. His dad lost his job and his family is losing their home. It’s no secret that a million dollars would go a long way. So all Nate feels is pressure, and just when he needs it most, his golden arm begins to fail him. Even worse, his best friend Abby is going blind, slowly losing her ability to do the one thing she loves most—paint. Yet Abby never complains, and she is Nate’s inspiration. He knows she’ll be there when he makes the throw of a lifetime. Mike Lupica’s latest sports novel is also his most heartwarming. “Lupica's football action engages, and his delineation of the athlete's thought process and emotional highs and lows of competition feels visceral and real.” –Kirkus Reviews “Lupica explores the themes of believing in yourself and handling pressure. Teens who love sports fiction . . . will find this book a rapid, enjoyable read.” –VOYA   “Lupica injects plenty of suspenseful sports action into the plot and creates a cast of uniformly likable characters whose faith in teamwork and in each other ultimately earns handsome rewards for all. A natural for graduates of Matt Christopher's sports stories.” –Booklist      

30 review for Million-Dollar Throw

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    Lupica doesn't disappoint his fans (me) in this story set right here in the fictional Western Mass town of Valley. A star quarterback on his 8th grade football team and a huge Tom Brady fan, Nate lives for the game.His family is feeling the effects of the bad economy, with his parents scrambling to pick up jobs so they don't lose their house. He also has Abby, his best friend, who is facing a rare eye condition that is slowly taking her sight. Nate wins the opportunity to try and win one million Lupica doesn't disappoint his fans (me) in this story set right here in the fictional Western Mass town of Valley. A star quarterback on his 8th grade football team and a huge Tom Brady fan, Nate lives for the game.His family is feeling the effects of the bad economy, with his parents scrambling to pick up jobs so they don't lose their house. He also has Abby, his best friend, who is facing a rare eye condition that is slowly taking her sight. Nate wins the opportunity to try and win one million dollars at half time of the Thanksgiving Patriot's game. Great characters, interesting family situations, a really nice boy-girl friendship and enough football to keep everyone happy make this a winner. Warning--it will pull on your heartstrings and I did shed tears twice during the reading of this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Kimble

    What would you do with 1 Million dollars? Would you help a close friend going blind? Would you give the money to your family in need? You may have jokingly thought of buying an expensive car, but what would you really do? Well that’s the questions Nate “Brady” Brodie in “Million Dollar Throw” faced. Nate Brodie has the chance to throw the football (what he does best) through a 20 inch target from 30 yards away. Not to mention this isn’t some high school football field this is Gillette stadium, w What would you do with 1 Million dollars? Would you help a close friend going blind? Would you give the money to your family in need? You may have jokingly thought of buying an expensive car, but what would you really do? Well that’s the questions Nate “Brady” Brodie in “Million Dollar Throw” faced. Nate Brodie has the chance to throw the football (what he does best) through a 20 inch target from 30 yards away. Not to mention this isn’t some high school football field this is Gillette stadium, where millions of people will be watching him from home. Nate is the #1 13 year old quarterback in the state and should have no problem making the through. He is Tom Brady’s biggest fan that’s why all his friends call him “Brady”. Nate should be able to make this throw with his eyes closed, that’s how talented he is. That is until some very traumatic personal problems arise. Nate and his dad aren’t that close but when his dad loses his job and they have to put their house up for sale, the only house Nate’s ever known Nate begins to worry. Then soon after his dad losing his job, his mom loses her job and has to work to jobs where Nate barely sees his mom. You barely see your mom and dad the only house you’ve ever known, the one you grew up in as a child being put up for sale. How could it get much worse? Well it can and it did. Nate was playing great, it was his first game. His best friend Abby and his mom were sitting in the bleachers together when Abby moved up to get a closer look. When she attempted to go forward she fell off the bleachers and Nate’s mom rushed her to the hospital. They later find out that Abby has a very serious problem that puts her in deadly danger every single day. What exactly is wrong with Abby you might ask? You’ll have to read to find out. I think this was a great book. I mean this book was just absolutely captivating. I honestly wish this book was longer. There was not one dull moment in the book. I would recommend this book to ages 10-15 but it would be suitable for any age. So start reading now to find out what’s wrong with Abby!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kyleduke

    This book is one of my favorites.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nate N

    GREAT BOOK VERY Good ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS BOOKS I EVER READ.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    Personal Response: I really enjoyed this book because it was about football and I like watching football. It showed that anyone can win a prize. I really enjoy reading books like these because they're exciting. Plot: A boy named Nate was on the school football team and he had a friend named Abby. Nate really likes watching football with his dad and wanted to get this signed Tom Brady football. His parents said that he can get it and they would pay for half of it. Nate finally got enough money to Personal Response: I really enjoyed this book because it was about football and I like watching football. It showed that anyone can win a prize. I really enjoy reading books like these because they're exciting. Plot: A boy named Nate was on the school football team and he had a friend named Abby. Nate really likes watching football with his dad and wanted to get this signed Tom Brady football. His parents said that he can get it and they would pay for half of it. Nate finally got enough money to buy the football. Once Nate bought it, there was a signup sheet for throwing a football into the bucket for a million dollars, so he signed up. The winner was going to be announced on ESPN the next day. When the next day came, the winner was Nate and Nate was very excited about it. The next day, Nate went to the movies with Abby and when the movie theater lights went out she said that she couldn't see anything. Nate got worried after that and found out that it was a disease. Nate found out that the cure was expensive. Nate is now going to the Patriots stadium to throw the football in the bucket. At halftime he threw the ball and he made it in so Nate won the million dollars. The announcer asked what he will spend it on and he said that he´s going to get the cure for the disease. Abby started crying and Nate was happy that her disease was cured Recommendations: I would recommend this book for middle and high schoolers. It was easy to understand and it was easy to read. It was kinda long but there weren't a lot big words.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    the best part about this book is in the being when he through that long pass for a tuchdown

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jack C.

    I would give Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupcia 5 out of 5 because of the way he showed friendship, Nate’s love for football, and all of the cliffhangers. The friendship between the main character, Nate and his best friend Abby is extremely noticeable. Some ways that you can notice this is how Abby goes to ever one of Nate’s football games. Even though she can’t always see them because she is losing her vision. Also, Abby is very into art, so she made an art studio in her old playroom. Nate is m I would give Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupcia 5 out of 5 because of the way he showed friendship, Nate’s love for football, and all of the cliffhangers. The friendship between the main character, Nate and his best friend Abby is extremely noticeable. Some ways that you can notice this is how Abby goes to ever one of Nate’s football games. Even though she can’t always see them because she is losing her vision. Also, Abby is very into art, so she made an art studio in her old playroom. Nate is mostly the only person, besides Abby allowed in there. Abby even bought him his own director’s chair to with his name on it to sit in when he’s there. On page 71 Abby even says, “since you’re the only one allowed in here on a regular basis, you might as well have your own viewing chair.” Now that’s what I call a strong friendship. Being the only one to pretty much ever go into your friends art room. Nate’s love for Abby is almost as much as his love for the game of football. Nate, no matter how bad his team lost, would never whine or mope around, he would just go out there, work his butt off, and win the next game he played. When Nate got benched one game, but he didn’t whine. He just sat on the bench and thought of new ways how he could improve, so this wouldn’t happen ever again. Then he practiced, practiced, practiced until he could throw like he used to. Speaking of practicing, Nate loved football practice. Nate knew that most people on his team despised practice. But Nate had never minded it. He would do anything to play a little football. Even if Nate wasn’t playing in a game. Talking about playing in a game makes me think about the big game on Thanksgiving where Nate could throw a football from 30 yards away into a tire like hole and win a million dollars. Now that makes me think what Nate would do if he won the million dollars. That is a cliffhanger. The whole book I was wondering what Nate would do with the money. But on page 226 when Nate said, “Its like you don’t want to tell what your wish was before you blow out the candles.” It really made me ask myself, is he going to pay the rent on his house, since his family is struggling? Will he pay stuff for himself or maybe give it all to charity? Another cliffhanger, since Abby is going blind, I was waiting to see if she would ever see again like she used to. I know that everyone needs to see, but with Abby’s passion being art, she really needs to be able to see. If she couldn’t see, she would never be able to draw or paint ever again. I guess what I’ve been trying to say this whole time, is that I love this book. You should most definitely put it on your to-read list.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Collin_x87

    GOODREADS DID NOT HAVE THE EXACT BOOK I READ, WENT WITH A SIMILAR BOOK The first book that I chose to read as Heat, by Mike Lupica, and overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This reading is a fictional sports work, overshadowed with a significant political issue. Michael, a superb baseball player and the main character of the book, who was eventually questioned about his age by other coaches, because he was incredible considering his young age. However, he was not a legal citizen, and there cam GOODREADS DID NOT HAVE THE EXACT BOOK I READ, WENT WITH A SIMILAR BOOK The first book that I chose to read as Heat, by Mike Lupica, and overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This reading is a fictional sports work, overshadowed with a significant political issue. Michael, a superb baseball player and the main character of the book, who was eventually questioned about his age by other coaches, because he was incredible considering his young age. However, he was not a legal citizen, and there came the conflict for the book; how to keep Michael playing baseball. Heat is a fantastic read that combines America’s greatest pastime, Baseball, with the highly debated topic of immigration, which blend together to create a story that evicts a great emotional response from the reader. The story begins with Michael playing baseball, on the quest to make it to the little league World Series. Michael was an incredible pitcher, demonstrated by when his father said “It’s something you are born with, a gift from the gods, like a singer’s voice. Or a boxer’s left hand. Or an artist’s brush.” (Lupica, 6) The story progresses with Michael playing more and more baseball, following his idol, the Yankees player El Grande. However, conflict soon arose, including his brother Carlos having financial issues, and the questioning of coaches around the league. During a game with Westchester, Michael shredded the other team, especially one kid, Justin. Justin was upset, and thus in the next game tried to get Michael removed. As said in the text, “Justin went into his full windup and threw a fastball that hit Michael in the head.” (Lupica, 67) However, this was only the start of Justin and how he wanted to get rid of Michael. Afterwards, he only pushed the league more and more to try and get Michael dropped from the league, saying he was lying about his age. Because Michael had no birth certificate, he was no longer allowed to play, as there was no way to verify his age. After this the story really picks up, and the famed El Grande comes to help Michael out. In conclusion, this was a great read that started slow, but eventually got extremely interesting. My favorite character was El Grande, with how he eventually helped Michael in order to play little league. Having such an important, celebrity status player, it was very inspiring to see him help Michael. Overall, it was a great read that I would suggest to anyone. It blends together many important and interesting topics, including immigration and baseball. Overall, I liked the plot, and is certainly one I would suggest to anybody looking for a good read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adam McGowan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this book because the whole book was just as interesting as the first page and how he over comes challenges to win the game

  10. 5 out of 5

    7niko

    Just to start of saying one reason I may think this is really good over others is that I'm a Patriots fan so I could relate very well to Nate the protagonist. Anyway the book starts off when Nate buys a Tom Brady signed football and was chosen as the lucky winner to have a chance at a million dollars. At Gillette Stadium in front of thousands of Patriots fans,players, coaches and other at halftime have to throw a football threw a tiny hole 50 yards away. At the same time as this his best friend Just to start of saying one reason I may think this is really good over others is that I'm a Patriots fan so I could relate very well to Nate the protagonist. Anyway the book starts off when Nate buys a Tom Brady signed football and was chosen as the lucky winner to have a chance at a million dollars. At Gillette Stadium in front of thousands of Patriots fans,players, coaches and other at halftime have to throw a football threw a tiny hole 50 yards away. At the same time as this his best friend Abby is suffering from Leber's disease which is taking away her eyesight. So when Nate goes to the game at halftime he is nervous but he also got to meet his idol Tom Brady before the throw. After meeting Tom, Nate feels confident and amazingly makes the throw. He gave the money he won to Abby to try and help get rid of her disease. I felt this book was everything that I could ever want. I would love to be able to go to Gillette Stadium and meet Tom Brady at halftime. Nate couldn't even believe it himself. I also thought it was so thoughtful of Nate to give his prize money to Abby to help with her disease. I feel I would probably do it too because she would be someone I care about. I would probably recommend this to football fans because they can relate better. I feel like if you don't like football then you might be a little bit lost in the book. Overall, this is a good read and I like how the theme is treat others before yourself.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tb Awesome!

    Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica was an amazing book. It is about two main characters, Nate Brodie and Abby McCall. Nate is an amazing quarterback, and Abby is an outstanding artist. But their lives aren’t what you would call perfect. Nate’s parents are having trouble keeping their house, so they are both working two jobs to try to save it. Abby’s family is doing fine financially, but she has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that is wearing away at her peripheral vision. Abby enters Nate Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica was an amazing book. It is about two main characters, Nate Brodie and Abby McCall. Nate is an amazing quarterback, and Abby is an outstanding artist. But their lives aren’t what you would call perfect. Nate’s parents are having trouble keeping their house, so they are both working two jobs to try to save it. Abby’s family is doing fine financially, but she has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that is wearing away at her peripheral vision. Abby enters Nate into a raffle and he wins. His prize is the chance to throw a football through a 20 inch hole from 30 yards away at halftime of the Super Bowl on Thanksgiving. That would change everything for him. His family would be out of financial trouble, and he would be able to give Abby the best care possible for her disease. Million-Dollar Throw is a well written, intense, and sad story. My favorite part of the book is when Nate is on the field getting ready for the throw. He gets to meet Tom Brady, his favorite player in the world and his idol. Then he steps up to make the throw, and … There are two possible endings. One, Nate could make the throw and his life would be turned way around. Or two, he misses and lives with the fact that he had the chance to change everything, but didn’t. Will Nate make the throw? Read to find out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Austin Williams

    Nate Brodie has always been nicknamed "Brady" after Super Bowl Champ quarterback Tom Brady because of his magnificent and accurate arm. This book contains everything you could want in a book from sports action, suspense, and all the way to "family" drama in between. Nate soon finds out that his arm may lead him to the best thing that his family has received in a while and all he has to do is just throw a long and accurate pass at midfield of the biggest sporting event in American history, the NF Nate Brodie has always been nicknamed "Brady" after Super Bowl Champ quarterback Tom Brady because of his magnificent and accurate arm. This book contains everything you could want in a book from sports action, suspense, and all the way to "family" drama in between. Nate soon finds out that his arm may lead him to the best thing that his family has received in a while and all he has to do is just throw a long and accurate pass at midfield of the biggest sporting event in American history, the NFL Super Bowl. Mr. Brodie finds out that his family may be in peril and after discovering the "Million Dollar-Throw" challenge at the next Super Bowl which happened to be right there in New England, he knew that this was his shot to not only show the world what his arm could do, but to make his family proud as they would be enlightened by the fact that their son had just won them 1 million dollars with a simple throw. Find out if "Brady's" arm could lead to more money than he can spend, or if he will luck out in what seems like winning the lottery with the winning numbers in your hand. This book is a must-read for anybody interested in football but can also be appealing to any reader who likes a good thrill in their books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Grant Johnson

    Mike Lupica is one of my favorite author because most of his books are about sports. I like to play and watch sports. This book is about a boy who is 13 years old named Nate Brodie who's idol is Tom Brady, a quarterback for the New England Patriots. Nate is also the starting quarterback on his football team. His friends and teammates have nicknamed him Brady. Nate finds football is a way to get away from his daily responsibilities of school, friends and his family. When he takes a trip to a spor Mike Lupica is one of my favorite author because most of his books are about sports. I like to play and watch sports. This book is about a boy who is 13 years old named Nate Brodie who's idol is Tom Brady, a quarterback for the New England Patriots. Nate is also the starting quarterback on his football team. His friends and teammates have nicknamed him Brady. Nate finds football is a way to get away from his daily responsibilities of school, friends and his family. When he takes a trip to a sports store he discovers a contest that he can use his football skills to win big money. The contest is for a person to throw a football through a small ring 30 yards away. If he could complete this throw he would win one million dollars. When Nate thinks about winning the money he is torn between his family and his best friend, Abby. His family has falling on hard times and might have to move away. Abby, a talented artist, could go blind without this surgery that her family can't afford. This book is not only about football but tough choices in life. I enjoyed every bit of this book and totally recommend it to everyone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Connor Christian

    This book is about a boy named Nate who is in the 8th grade and is really good at playing quarterback. He has a friend named Abby who convinces him to enter a contest to make a throw for a million dollars. Nate wins the contest and the makes the throw for a million dollars the gives to Abby so she can fix her eyes and so she can see again. Personally I really like this book because it is not that hard to read and it is perfect for people in 7-9 grade. This book also shows that no one is perfect b This book is about a boy named Nate who is in the 8th grade and is really good at playing quarterback. He has a friend named Abby who convinces him to enter a contest to make a throw for a million dollars. Nate wins the contest and the makes the throw for a million dollars the gives to Abby so she can fix her eyes and so she can see again. Personally I really like this book because it is not that hard to read and it is perfect for people in 7-9 grade. This book also shows that no one is perfect because even though Nate is a really good quarterback he does go into a slump and has a hard time throwing the ball. This book also shows the true meaning of friendship and unselfishness because Nate doesn't keep the money for his family to pay the bills he gives it to Abby his best friend so that she can fix her eyes so she doesn't end up going totally blind. This she that Nate isn't all about himself and that he will spend that much to help a friend out. This is why I give this book a 5 out of 5.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erin Forson

    Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica Nate has the football arm NFL recruiters only dream about. But when his best friend Abby hooks him up with a chance of a lifetime, suddenly his arm won't cooperate. Everything is on the line, and if Nate's arm fails him, he will not only let himself down, but everyone he loves. This novel rocks! First of all, it feels realistic. I mean, most of us know what it's like to live in a house that is tight on money and doesn't have a lot of extra cash to throw around Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica Nate has the football arm NFL recruiters only dream about. But when his best friend Abby hooks him up with a chance of a lifetime, suddenly his arm won't cooperate. Everything is on the line, and if Nate's arm fails him, he will not only let himself down, but everyone he loves. This novel rocks! First of all, it feels realistic. I mean, most of us know what it's like to live in a house that is tight on money and doesn't have a lot of extra cash to throw around. Some of you may have parents who work two jobs, or maybe you even have a part time job yourself to help take the strain off the parents. Either way, you will feel for Nate and won't be able to put this book down--and when Nate's moment comes, you'll be holding your breath and crossing your fingers that he succeeds--just like I did.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Augustus Hagan

    Nate Brodie is probably the best thirteen year old quarterback in all of Boston, but he would need more than skill to make a throw like this. Nate has been given a chance to make a throw into a twenty inch target at Gillette stadium with thirty million people watching for one million dollars. Although this is more than just a normal million dollar throw. His dad lost his job and almost their house, and his best friend Abby is going blind. His whole life is leading up to this throw. Will he make Nate Brodie is probably the best thirteen year old quarterback in all of Boston, but he would need more than skill to make a throw like this. Nate has been given a chance to make a throw into a twenty inch target at Gillette stadium with thirty million people watching for one million dollars. Although this is more than just a normal million dollar throw. His dad lost his job and almost their house, and his best friend Abby is going blind. His whole life is leading up to this throw. Will he make it? I recommend this book to anyone that loves sports or young adult books. I was exilirated while reading this book and hope you are too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samuel M

    the main character is Nate Brodie "Brady" a quarterback. he loves football. I like it because he won the raffle for million dollar throw. I don't like it because the story is too short, and it should be longer.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joslyn B

    I would definitely recommend this book. I don't really like football that much, but I still really enjoyed reading about the struggles of each game and what Nate did on every play. I especially loved Nate and Abby's friendship and Nate's mom was really cool. The plot was really good and I liked how the author included a period where Nate got benched because I feel like a lot of athletes can relate to that. I haven't ever read a book where someone was going blind, so it was interesting to hear wh I would definitely recommend this book. I don't really like football that much, but I still really enjoyed reading about the struggles of each game and what Nate did on every play. I especially loved Nate and Abby's friendship and Nate's mom was really cool. The plot was really good and I liked how the author included a period where Nate got benched because I feel like a lot of athletes can relate to that. I haven't ever read a book where someone was going blind, so it was interesting to hear what it was like and what Abby went through because I've never really thought about it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    David

    I really enjoyed this book a lot especially because it's about sports. I really like how the author put in detail in the little things to make the book good. I would recommend this book to people who likes sports

  20. 5 out of 5

    Justin A

    This book has a very good plot and is very descriptive. For me this was a motivational book. Great book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dylan G

    i personally think this is a good book i recommend it to everyone who likes sport books it could have been a better book i think but overall like i said it is a good book

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nnye11

    In the book, “Million Dollar Throw,” by Mike Lupica, the main character is a boy named Nate Brodie. Nate and his parents live in Valley, Massachusetts. His dad worked real-estate and his mom didn’t have a job, but his dad lost his job so then the mom had to get one, and the dad had to find two more jobs. Money is real tight now in their household, but Nate has a chance to win a million dollars, so their family is lowkey hoping he wins the million dollars, but they pretend like they don’t want it In the book, “Million Dollar Throw,” by Mike Lupica, the main character is a boy named Nate Brodie. Nate and his parents live in Valley, Massachusetts. His dad worked real-estate and his mom didn’t have a job, but his dad lost his job so then the mom had to get one, and the dad had to find two more jobs. Money is real tight now in their household, but Nate has a chance to win a million dollars, so their family is lowkey hoping he wins the million dollars, but they pretend like they don’t want it so he wouldn’t have stress over it On the field, Nate is an amazing quarterback, but off the field, a lot of things stress him out. Brodie was given the nickname Brady because his favorite NFL player is Tom Brady and he has an arm like Brady. In the book, Brodie has a very close friend named Abby McCall. She kind of helps him out and tries to make sense of everything that goes on in his life, but she is also dealing with a major issue for herself. This is a really good book. I enjoyed reading this because of the way it is narrated. It’s in the perspective of Nate, so he doesn’t know much of what's going on with his family, or even with Abby. He just goes along with everything. He doesn't really understand school, neither. Football is kind of where he goes when he needs an answer for something. For the most part, I feel like a lot of people can relate to this book because of the money issues, stress over school and trying to fit in. I would recommend this book anywhere in the middle school range. Elementary is too young because their are things in the book that elementary kids wouldn’t understand. If you’re interested in sports books, this is good for you because this isn't really one of those cheesy sports books. Everything is more realistic and more relatable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Weston Lorenz

    The book I will be reviewing is titled The Million Dollar Throw. This book is written by author Mike Lupica who has written many other sports related stories. Some parts of this story may be sad for some readers because there is times of adversity that have to be overcome. There isn’t anything graphic about these parts of adversity, it just may be a little sad for some audiences. The age group to read this book and other mike lupica stories is most likely much younger than a 10th grader. There i The book I will be reviewing is titled The Million Dollar Throw. This book is written by author Mike Lupica who has written many other sports related stories. Some parts of this story may be sad for some readers because there is times of adversity that have to be overcome. There isn’t anything graphic about these parts of adversity, it just may be a little sad for some audiences. The age group to read this book and other mike lupica stories is most likely much younger than a 10th grader. There isn’t many challenging words used throughout. The sport that this book is based off of is football. There is a boy who is a very big Tom Brady fan and the boy is very well known for his athletic ability. The boy’s name is Nate but is nicknamed “Brady” and he is given the chance to throw a football through a target at a Patriots game, similar to what is seen at the halftime of football games today. This chance brings stress to Nate in his life in the classroom and at home. Nate has a friend who is going through a rough patch with a medical condition (read to find out what it is) and that causes him much stress because he feels that he should look out for her in her time of need.

  24. 5 out of 5

    charles Q

    WoW Best Book to Date 1/10

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eric Kneisler

    Personal response: I really liked this book and I really like this author. I have read one other book by him. Even though I liked “QB1” better, I still really liked this one, too. I got really into it and hoped that when the time came he was able to make the million dollar throw. Plot: "The Million Dollar Throw" is about a boy named Nate Brodie. He is the star quarterback for his team even though he is only thirteen years old. Football is his life. He loves the game. His favorite NFL team is the Personal response: I really liked this book and I really like this author. I have read one other book by him. Even though I liked “QB1” better, I still really liked this one, too. I got really into it and hoped that when the time came he was able to make the million dollar throw. Plot: "The Million Dollar Throw" is about a boy named Nate Brodie. He is the star quarterback for his team even though he is only thirteen years old. Football is his life. He loves the game. His favorite NFL team is the New England Patriots. His favorite player is Tom Brady, quarterback for the Patriots. He has admired Tom and looked up to him for as long as he can remember. His friends and teammates even call him “Brady” instead of Brodie. One of Nate’s goals has been to save up enough money to purchase “The Brady Ball”. This ball has Tom Brady’s signature on it and was at a store in his town called SportStuff. Nate finally had enough money saved up to buy the ball. When he buys it, the employee at the store tells him about a contest called “The Million Dollar Throw”. “The winner of the contest was going to get the chance to make one throw --- from thirty yards away through a twenty-inch hole --- at halftime of the Patriots Thanksgiving night game against the Colts.” Nate is drawn as the contest winner. All of a sudden he feels a lot of stress. The pressure is almost too much. He knows how much this money could help out his family. He knows his parents are struggling to pay bills and that their house is in jeopardy of being taken over by the bank. They may have to sell the house. Also, all of a sudden there are cameras and reporters everywhere. While he practices they are there. At his games, they are there. He also is preoccupied with his friend Abby’s problem of going blind. Add all of those pressures up and it is easy to see why his game performance has been suffering. He has been missing easy passes and over analyzing his performance. His coach even made him sit out because of his lack of focus. His confidence took a nose dive. When the time comes, he goes to Gillette Stadium. He meets Tom Brady and his nerves improve. He is able to make the throw. In the end, gives half of the money to his parents and half of the money to Abby for eye surgery. Characters: Nate: He is the main character. He is a thirteen year old star quarterback for his middle school team. Abby: She is Nate’s best friend. She is a talented artist. She is slowly going blind. In order to continue her education, she may have to leave and go to a school for the blind. Mr. Brodie: Mr. Brodie is Nate’s dad. He is working two jobs to support the family. He is having a hard time making enough to pay all of the family’s bills. Mrs. Brodie: She is Nate’s mom. She works for a gift shop and also volunteers at the hospital. Setting: Valley, Massachusetts on the football field and off in Nate’s neighborhood. Later, Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriot’s stadium. Its time period is 2009-2010 Theme: One theme of this book could be to overcome pressures and stress to be successful. Nate felt a lot of pressure and stress. We all feel pressures and stress. We can all relate to those feelings. But, to succeed while under pressure is a real triumph. Learning to manage your stress level is something to really try for. Another theme could be doing whatever it takes to help out someone. Nate wanted to win the money, not for himself, but for his parents and his best friend. Helping others is something we should all do more of. Recommendation: Anyone who like sports and football would like this book. I think this book would be good for readers who are ten years old and up. Younger readers may not understand or be able to relate to the pressures Nate is feeling.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jacey

    Another one of Mike Lupica's great sports stories. These books are always fun to read and I've enjoyed them for many years. I plan on reading more!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chan Sohn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1. Like Flowers in Spring The main character of this story is named Nate Brodie. He is described in this book as a fantastic quarterback who could throw a football pretty darn well. More importantly one of his main features in this book is that he is a very noble and is a player that shows a lot of sportsmanship on the field. On page 4 it says, “ … because if you played on a team with Nate Brodie, if he was the one throwing you the ball, you knew enough not to do some kind of crazy touchdown danc 1. Like Flowers in Spring The main character of this story is named Nate Brodie. He is described in this book as a fantastic quarterback who could throw a football pretty darn well. More importantly one of his main features in this book is that he is a very noble and is a player that shows a lot of sportsmanship on the field. On page 4 it says, “ … because if you played on a team with Nate Brodie, if he was the one throwing you the ball, you knew enough not to do some kind of crazy touchdown dance afterward.” This shows the character of Nate on the field and it is directly translated to what kind of person he was off of the field. On the other hand, Abby is Nate’s best friend and her strengths include being fearless and outgoing. This leads to the way she speaks, in a way that could make you believe that miracles could happen. On page 13 it says, “Abby looked at him, smiling her best smile, and said, “You could make a throw like that with your eyes closed, Brady” (Nate is referred to as Brady which stands for Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots). This throw being a thirty yard throw in front of thousands of fans at Gillette Stadium and for a million dollars, she makes it seem like a stroll in the park. The story’s ending fits almost perfectly while complementing what we as readers learned about Nate. Nate steps foot on the field where legends have played in and receives the football that could determine the fate of the whole story. He throws the football into the hoop which correlates to the fact that he is a great quarterback but what he does with the money only strengthens how we as readers view the noble character of Nate. As the readers know about Abby’s eyes going blind, Nate receives the million dollars and uses it towards helping doctors cure the blinding of Abby’s eyes concluding the story. 2. As Old as Time Most of Mike Lupica’s books revolve around the classic plot structure of a rising action, climax, a falling action, and the resolution. With the involvement of sports in most of his books, “The Million Dollar Throw” is no exception. The story in and of itself is very original with the main character dealing with two main conflicts. One is this throw that Nate is going to have to throw in order to get the million dollars, as well as the rising plot of his best friend Abby’s eyes going blind. On the hand, the plot is similar to most of the books that the author writes. This plot usually is one main problem that the whole story revolves around while putting in some game action throughout the story. Another element that the author added to make the conclusion that much more dramatic was how Nate’s dad loses his job which makes the decision on what Nate is going to do with the money a lot harder. So with some elements that are fairly original, Mike Lupica adds a little twist and some flair into the classic plot structure to write a book that includes sports action for those who enjoy that while adding in a side story to make the book more dramatic. Overall this book brings out the better sides of Mike Lupica’s book that was an enjoyable read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Drew Rutledge

    Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica is a book about at young boy named Nate Brodie who is an aspiring quarterback for his local pop warner team. He is in eighth grade and is in my opinion a little over confident. He has a best friend named Abby. She is also an eighth grade and is in Nates opinion the most prettiest girl in school. The story takes place in a small town in Massachusetts. Nate and his family are going through some tough times at during the story, and aren't sure where to turn next Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica is a book about at young boy named Nate Brodie who is an aspiring quarterback for his local pop warner team. He is in eighth grade and is in my opinion a little over confident. He has a best friend named Abby. She is also an eighth grade and is in Nates opinion the most prettiest girl in school. The story takes place in a small town in Massachusetts. Nate and his family are going through some tough times at during the story, and aren't sure where to turn next. They are tying to sell there house and his parents are working a combined 4 jobs. They are barely supporting themselves. During the course of a couple of years, Nate saved up money to by an autographed Tom Brady football at the local sports store. When he went to purchase the ball from the store, Abby his best friend noticed the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to win a million dollars. As the book goes on, you learn about Nate's football season. At the beginning of the story, his season is going great, and he is playing his best game. During the begging of the book, Nate also learns that he has won the chance of a lifetime. He will be going to Gillette Stadium to have a chance to win a million dollars. Sports center is talking about him, news reporters are talking to him, everything is going well. The one thing you don't know about Abby is that she has an issue with her eyes. She informs Nate that she will be going away to a school to help her when she goes blind. Nate is crushed by this, and it effects the way he plays his game. He begins to miss throws that usually come no problem to him. He thinks it's just a fluke, but it turns out to be an every week ritual. He gets frustrated and doesn't know what to do. Nate is very hard on himself, he works hard everyday to get better and correct the mistakes that he is making. Things go real sour towards the end of the story, Nate's dad loses his job at Big Bills, and Nate ends up losing his job for being afraid to pull the trigger. All things seem lost, until Nate gets his chance to prove he's still the guy and does. This book really taught me the lesson of never giving up, and putting my best foot forward no matter what is going on. I won't tell you what happens at the end because if you're reading it you'll hate me for it. In conclusion, this book was very, very entertaining. It kept me involved, and taught me very valuable lessons. It's one of those sports stories that have a twist. There were lots of ups and downs throughout this book, and thats what really kept me in the book. Anybody who is looking for an entertaining book with lots of twists and turns, then this is the book for you. It may look like a fourth grade book, but it's not. Great book over all.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book because his throwing went down hill and somehow his throwing went up hill. I would recommend this book to kids who want to be QB. If you love the book left out this book would be perfect for you. This book is about a kid names Brodie but everyone calls him Brady because how well he can throw but all of a sudden his throwing goes down hill. Read to find out if he makes the throw......

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    The book Million Dollar Throw is about a boy named Nate and he is a huge football player. For his birthday he used his saved up money to buy a Tom Brady autographed football. At the store that he bought the football at he signed up for a contest that gives you the chance to throw a football thirty yards and try to make it through a hole. If you make the throw the winner gets a million dollars. Nate's name was drawn and on Thanksgiving night at the New England Patriots field he will get the chanc The book Million Dollar Throw is about a boy named Nate and he is a huge football player. For his birthday he used his saved up money to buy a Tom Brady autographed football. At the store that he bought the football at he signed up for a contest that gives you the chance to throw a football thirty yards and try to make it through a hole. If you make the throw the winner gets a million dollars. Nate's name was drawn and on Thanksgiving night at the New England Patriots field he will get the chance to make the throw. Nate is the starting quarterback for his 8th grade football team the Valley Patriots. After a really good game something happened to Nate that nobody knows what happened. The next few games he just couldn't make a pass. He would always throw the ball too high, too long and even right to the other teams players. After this had been going on for about three games his coach benched him. Nate started to play more of a wide receiver position. He was actually doing really good at that position. At the same time he was playing wide receiver he was practicing the throw for his challenge. One game though the kid who was the starting quarterback got hurt and Nate had to go back in. Starting at that point Nate didn't have trouble making a good pass. The night of Thanksgiving and Nate's throw he even got to go on the field before the game and play catch the friend that he got to bring along. Nate's family and everyone else that came along to watch him got to sit in a luxery box around the 45 and 50 yard line. When it was almost half time Nate and everyone else that wanted to go onto the field headed down to the field. After the half was over Nate tried to find his favorite football player Tom Brady coming off of the field, but he didn't see him. After the anouncments the anouncer said that Nate would get to play a quit game of catch with Tom Brady. After he finished getting warmed up Nate got ready to throw the football. He throw the football and just like that he had a million dollars. He used most of the money to help his friend Abby so then she could get eye surgery so she could get he eye sight back.

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