By Mike Lupica
It?s uncomplicated. All Billy Raynor desires to do is shoot. in spite of everything, he's the best shooters within the league. yet along with his dad as his trainer, and his mom and dad newly separated, in some way everything?s turn into complex. His brother Ben, the piano prodigy, rarely talks anymore. His mother is usually touring on enterprise. And his dad is usually on his case approximately no longer being a workforce participant. but if Ben?s piano recital falls at the similar day because the championship online game, it's Billy who teaches his dad the genuine which means of being a group participant. number one manhattan occasions bestseller Mike Lupica rankings from downtown with this new sequence for younger middle-grade readers.
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Aw, dude,” Lenny said, making “dude” sound like the saddest word in the world, the way he could sometimes. ” Billy didn’t say anything back because he didn’t have time, because he was already running ahead of Lenny. He knew Zeke never needed a good reason to pick on someone. Sometimes all you had to do was make eye contact with him. Or just be one spot ahead of him in the lunch line in the cafeteria. Billy didn’t care why it was happening now, just that it was happening to his brother. Ben was on the ground when Billy got to him, having fallen over when Zeke spun him around.
His mom told him all the time how she had worked seven days a week to get herself a scholarship to Harvard and then worked even harder than that to put herself through Harvard Law, which made Billy wonder if they had somehow added days of the week when she was in law school. Lately she liked to say that she wasn’t going to stop working now, with the finish line in sight. Even though she never really explained where the finish line was. She kissed Billy and Ben, saying Eliza would be heading over to Maggie’s later for a sleepover and that she’d be home from work in time to take Billy and Ben out for burgers at The 1770 House, which they all knew was the best burger in town.
Billy said. ” There was a pause at his dad’s end of the phone, from his house on the other side of town. ” Ben was nine. “At piano,” Billy said. ” “He’s Ben, Dad. You know him. ” The truth was, Billy, even at ten, wondered if his dad knew his little brother at all. Once they didn’t have sports in common, it was as if they didn’t have anything in common, except maybe the same last name. Ben had tried soccer for a couple of years and had been one of the fastest guys on his team. But when it came time to try out for travel soccer, he just quit instead.