Molly Parker is a twelve-year-old on a mission. Ever since learning, just before her mother died of cancer, that her father is the star Boston Celtics player Josh Cameron, she's been trying to meet him. But this MVP of the championship basketball team has a hard time believing his former college sweetheart never told him she was pregnant before leaving the country to live in London. He thinks Molly must be trying to scam him for money. But Molly, living with another college friend of her mom's in Boston, just wants to get to know the father she never had. As they begin to spend time together and Molly gets to know the real Josh Cameron, she begins to wonder if her mother was right about her dad--that he has room in his heart for only two things: basketball and himself. Does Molly really want this man for a father? Together, these two strangers learn that sometimes, for things to end up the way you want them to, you have to fire up a prayer at the buzzer and hope it goes in.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 256 Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc. Dimensions: 8.22 X 5.56 X 0.68 (inches)
ISBN: 0142409421 ISBN-13: 9780142409428 Availability: In Stock Ages: 11-14
Josh Cameron is MVP of the championship Boston Celtics and a media darling with a spotless reputation. He has it all . . . including a daughter he never knew. When twelve-year-old Molly Parker arrives in his life, claiming to be his daughter, she catches him off guard. Molly says her mom, Jen, revealed his identity before losing her battle with cancer. Josh isn?t so sure about this girl?she must be trying to scam him for his money. Still, there?s something about Molly that reminds him so much of Jen. But as Molly gets to know the real Josh, the one the camera never sees, she starts to understand why her mother never wanted her to know her dad. Josh has room in his heart for only two things: basketball and himself. Does Molly really want this man for a father? Together, these two strangers learn that sometimes, for things to end up the way you want them to, you have to fire up a prayer at the buzzer and hope it goes in.
Mike Lupica is the author of many novels for sports fans, including Red Zone, Bump and Run, and Wild Pitch. His columns for the New York Daily News are syndicated nationally, and he is a regular on ESPNs The Sports Reporters. Partial to the little guys, Mr. Lupica enjoys coaching youth basketball. He lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife and their four children.
Lupica delivers a winning novel, creating a realistic character in Molly by authentically capturing both her fragility and pluck. (Booklist)