According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walden Media has picked up the rights for Heat, an upcoming book by sports reporter Mike Lupica. Joseph Del Hierro will produce via his Oh Really Prods. shingle.

The story centers on a parentless, immigrant 12-year-old baseball prodigy who lives in the shadow of Yankee Stadium and dreams of playing in the Little League World Series.

The book is being published by Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, in the spring.