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Young Adult Sports Books
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
by Jordan Sonnenblick

Forced to abandon his athletic ambitions after a bizarre injury, high school freshman Peter Friedman develops his photography hobby and is surprised by a generous gift of camera equipment from his grandfather and the attentions of two girls at school--a star swimmer and a photography classmate.
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by Mike Lupica

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Travel Team, Heat and Million Dollar Throw comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly novel about 14-year-old Jake Cullen, who lives in the shadows of his father and older brother until he becomes the starting quarterback for the high school football team and finally gets his chance to shine.
The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

A middle-grade novel in verse follows the experiences of twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan, who struggle with challenges on and off the court while their father ignores his declining health. 
Dairy Queen
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
by Mick Cochrane

Eighth-grader Molly's ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, but also helps in other aspects of her life
by Gordon Korman

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water
Black and White
by Paul Volponi

Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.
by Walter Dean Myers

Seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson sees the city-wide basketball Tournament of Champions as a possible escape from Harlem but fears the pressures that have sidelined his coach, Cal
by Walter Dean Myers

Determined to make it big because of his great basketball skills, Drew Larson sees his college dreams fading after the coach replaces him with another teammate; making him realize that he must focus on more than athletics if he wants to get ahead in the big game--the game of life.
Center Field
by Robert Lipsyte

Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.
One Fat Summer
by Robert Lipsyte

Two-hundred pound Bobby Marks hated summers because he couldn't hide his fat body in heavy clothes until the year he decided to get a job and a strange combination of events changes his life
The Contender
by Robert Lipsyte

Feeling the pressures of Harlem life and its drug problems, police, and street fights, a seventeen-year-old high school drop-out turns to boxing
Baseball Great
by Tim Green

Working with Jaden, the school reporter, to get the behind-the-scenes story on the youth championship baseball team, Josh's suspicions of steroid use among the players result in a confrontation with a dangerous man who makes it clear he isn't happy about the questions being asked.
Football Genius
by Tim Green

Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players.
Vanishing Act : Mystery at the U.S. Open
by John Feinstein

Eighth-grade sports reporters Susan Carol Anderson and Stevie Thomas reunite at the U.S. Open tennis championships where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player.
Cover-Up : Mystery at the Super Bowl
by John Feinstein

As the Super Bowl draws nearer, teens Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson learn that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their doping tests and that the Dreams' owner is trying to cover up the test results.
Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series
by John Feinstein

While interviewing the new pitcher while covering the World Series, teen reporters Stevie and Susan's interest is piqued by the contradictory answers given and so decide to delve deeper into the story to get to the truth in this exciting sports mystery for middle readers.
Last Shot : a Final Four Mystery
by John Feinstein

After winning the prize of a press pass to New Orleans to watch the Final Four, Steven and his fellow winner, Susan, delight in all the behind-the-scenes activities, but when they overhear a blackmail plot involving an MSU star player that could result in the big game being thrown, the two junior guest reporters know that it is up to them to break the story and put a stop to the devious plan.
by Carl Deuker

Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.
Painting the Black
by Carl Deuker

High-school senior Ryan Ward finds his love of baseball threatened, when one of his teammates pushes the limits too far, and Ryan is forced to choose between his passion for the game and his personal sense of integrity.
High Heat
by Carl Deuker

When Shane Hunter¡s life is turned upside-down, he must learn to cope with his new environment and realize the importance of truth in his complex world that sometimes may not be as fair as he would like it to be.
Heart of a Champion
by Carl Deuker

Best friends Seth and Jimmy both live and breathe to play baseball, and their love for the sport and their once-in-a-lifetime friendship help them through rocky times.
Gym Candy
by Carl Deuker

Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.
Night Hoops
by Carl Deuker

An intricate tapestry of loneliness, friendship, faithlessness, and betrayal weaves the story of two boys--Nick Abbott and Trent Dawson--whose lives become unexpectedly entangled during basketball season.
Whale Talk
by Chris Crutcher

Seven unlikely teammates, swimmers who become, in the words of their coach "A perennial road team. Mermen without a pond," find an unexpected refuge in a big yellow Cutter High School bus, in a captivating, sad, and humorous novel.
by Chris Crutcher

Bo, a high-school football player, is thrown off the team when he directs his family-related anger at the coach, and, unable to find help from an Anger Management group, he writes to popular talk-show host Larry King.
The Crazy Horse Electric Game
by Chris Crutcher

A high school athlete, frustrated at being handicapped after an accident, runs away from home and is helped back to mental and physical health by a Black benefactor and the people in a special school where he enrolls
Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories
by Chris Crutcher

A collection of short stories about athletes features characters from some of the author's best-loved novels and includes themes such as bigotry, heroism, and coming-of-age. 
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
by Chris Crutcher

Because of their "terminal uglies," Sarah Byrnes, a girl whose face and hands were badly burned in a mysterious childhood accident, and overweight Eric Calhoune become fast friends.