"Fast Break" and "Fantasy League" are two books written by Mike Lupica. Mike Lupica is an American sportswriter for the "New York Daily News" and a New York Times bestselling author.
"Fast Break" is about a 12-year-old boy from the projects in North Carolina named Jayson, who has to live on his own after the death of his mother. He does everything to avoid the foster care system, but then he is caught stealing a pair of basketball shoes, and a social worker places him with the Lawtons, a rich family on the other side of town. When he first got there, he was hostile and wanted to leave, but the Lawtons would not let him. He was at a new home with a new school and team. Jayson has to believe that he deserves a chance to achieve his dream of playing major college basketball, and getting to the state title game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the home of the Duke Blue Devils, can help him reach his goal.
"Fantasy League" follows a 12-year-old boy named Charlie who is great at fantasy football. He is a benchwarmer on his school football team, but he becomes famous after his podcast is heard by a sports radio host who plays his fantasy picks for everyone in Los Angeles to hear. Charlie then becomes friends with the owner of the Los Angeles Bulldogs, a fictitious NFL team, and persuades him to sign an aging quarterback. He begins to have press conferences and gains national fame, but he becomes a problem for the general manager of the Bulldogs because it seems he has taken his job. He tries to keep good grades while maintaining his friendship with Anna, his verbal sparring partner.