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F Bar

Go long!

Barber, Tiki.

When Coach Spangler leaves at the start of their second year of junior high school, thirteen-year-old twins Tiki and Ronde wonder if his replacement, history teacher Mr. Wheeler, can coach the Eagles to another winning football season.

F Bro

Woodsie

Brooks, Bruce.

At the start of the new ice hockey season, Woodsie alone believes that his teammates can pick themselves up after several key players defect to a rival team.

F Bro

All-star pride

Brouwer, Sigmund,

When seventeen-year-old Hog Burnell goes to Russia to play in an all-star series, he discovers that money is more important than hockey to the series promoter, which forces Hog to make some difficult and dangerous decisions.

F Lay

Lay ups and long shots

Bruchac, Joseph.

A collection of eight short stories about middle-schoolers and sports. They range from a game of "H-O-R-S-E" to running, ping pong, dirt biking, surfing, place kicking, soccer, and basketball.

F Spo

Sports shorts

Bruchac, Joseph.

A collection of eight semi-autobiographical stories about the authors' experiences with sports while growing up. They range from the game "Bombardment" over the lunch hour, sports from gym class, karate, ballet, wrestling, to baseball, basketball and football.

F Cha

Summerland

Chabon, Michael.

.Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy.

F Chr

Snowboard champ

Christopher, Matt.

Living with his uncle while his mother works overseas, Matt takes comfort in knowing he can still hit the slopes with his snowboard, but a rival at his new school challenges Matt and his reputation.

F Coc

Roughnecks

Cochran, Thomas.

Travis Cody prepares for the final game of his high school football career, a rematch with his school's chief rival.

F Coc

The girl who threw butterflies

Cochrane, Mick.

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.

F COH

Leverage

Cohen, Joshua.

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

F Coy

Top of the order

Coy, John.

Ten-year-old Jackson lives for baseball, but becomes distracted by the approach of middle school, his mother's latest boyfriend, and the presence of a girl--his good friend's sister--on his team.


F Cre


Heartbeat

Creech, Sharon.

Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.

F Cru

Whale talk

Crutcher, Chris.

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.

F Deu

Gym candy

Deuker, Carl.

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.

F Deu

Night hoops

Deuker, Carl.

While trying to prove that he is good enough to be on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce and erractic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.


F Feh

Beanball

Fehler, Gene.

Relates, from diverse points of view, events surrounding the critical injury of popular and talented high school athlete, Luke "Wizard" Wallace, when he is hit in the face by a fastball.20070130589780618843480

Clarion Books, New York, c2008

F FEI


Change-up

Feinstein, John.

While covering baseball's World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story.


F Fei

Last shot

Feinstein, John.

After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.20040265350375831681

Knopf, New York, 2005

F GRA


The Brooklyn nine

Gratz, Alan.

Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in 1845, as they experience American life and play baseball.

F Gre

Baseball great

Green, Tim.

All twelve-year-old Josh wants to do is play baseball but when his father, a minor league pitcher, signs him up for a youth championship team, Josh finds himself embroiled in a situation with potentially illegal consequences.

F Gre

Football genius

Green, Tim.

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.

F Har

The monster in me

Harrison, Mette Ivie.

In a small town near Salt Lake City, Utah, a caring foster family and her love of running help twelve-year-old Natalie Wills feel that she can be part of normal life, despite having been raised by a drug addicted mother.

PB Hav

Two hot dogs with everything

Haven, Paul.

Although everyone credits him and his superstitions for the Slugger's first winning streak in 108 baseball seasons, eleven-year-old Danny Gurkin believes that his discovery of a secret from the team's past may be the real reason behind the ball club's success.


F Hea

Girl overboard

Headley, Justina Chen.

Fifteen-year-old Syrah Chen wants to be a professional snowboarder, but after an accident and the painful breakup of a relationship, she struggles to overcome fears about her identity, her sport, and her family.

F Hor

Slam

Hornby, Nick.

At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones's girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam's life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically.


F Hug

The trophy

Hughes, Dean.

Ten-year-old Danny struggles to improve his play during his first year on the basketball team and to deal with the moods of his alcoholic father.

F Joh

Safe at second

Johnson, Scott.

Paulie Lockwood's best friend Todd Bannister is destined for the major leagues until a line drive to the head causes him to lose an eye and they both must find a new future for themselves.

F KOE

Shakespeare makes the playoffs

Koertge, Ronald.

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland, poet and first baseman, is torn between his cute girlfriend Mira and Amy, who is funny, plays Chopin on the piano, and is also a poet.

F Kor

The chicken doesn't skate

Korman, Gordon.

Wild things happen at the South Middle School when Milo's science project, Henrietta the chicken, becomes the hockey team's mascot and their only chance for a winning season.

F Kor

No more dead dogs

Korman, Gordon.

Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.

F Kor

Pop

Korman, Gordon.

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.

92 TIL

Where men win glory

Krakauer, Jon.

A biography of Pat Tillman, an American football player who left his professional career and enlisted in the United States Army after the September 11 attacks.

92 Ohe

The blind side

Lewis, Michael.

Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL.

F Lup

Lupica, Mike.

Even though his mother feels baseball ruined her marriage to his father, she allows fourteen-year-old Brian to become a bat boy for the Detroit Tigers, who have just drafted his favorite player back onto the team

Philomel Books, New York, N.Y., U.S.A., c2008

F Lup


Summer ball

Lupica, Mike.

In this sequel to "Travel Team, " thieteen-year-old Danny must prove himself all over again for a disapproving coach and against new rivals at a summer basketball camp.


F Mac


Edward's eyes

MacLachlan, Patricia.

Edward is one of a large and close family that loves baseball, music, books, and each other, and when he unexpectedly dies and his parents donate his organs, his wonderful eyes go to a perfect recipient.


F Mur

The off season

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert.

High school junior D.J. staggers under the weight of caring for her badly injured brother, her responsibilities on the dairy farm, a changing relationship with her friend Brian, and her own athletic aspirations.


F MYE

Slam

Myers, Walter Dean.

Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

F Par

Edenville Owls

Parker, Robert B.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

F Pre

Six innings

Preller, James.

Earl Grubb's Pool Supplies plays Northeast Gas & Electric in the Little League championship game, while Sam, who has cancer and is in a wheelchair, has to call the play-by-play instead of participating in the game.

F Rit

The boy who saved baseball

Ritter, John H.

The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now disgraced player, Dante Del Gato.20020157920399236228

Philomel Books, New York, c2003
F Rot

Slalom

Rottman, S. L.

Seventeen-year-old Sandro, having always lived in poverty with his mother in a wealthy ski resort town, finds his life transformed when the father he has never met suddenly returns and wants to be part of the family

F Rus

Blue lightning

Russell, Barbara Timberlake.

When a bolt of lightning provides twelve-year-old Calvin with an out-of-body experience, he meets the spirit of the father he never knew and brings a troubled ghost named Rory back to the living world with him--only to see Rory threaten his chances of pitching in a baseball game.

F Rus

House of sports

Russo, Marisabina.

Through a series of triumphs and tragedies at home, at school, and on the basketball court, plus time reluctantly spent with his elderly grandmother, twelve-year-old Jim Malone learns that there is a lot more to life than basketball.

F Sch

Upchuck summer's revenge

Schwartz, Joel L.

Ninth grader Richie has his hands full at summer camp, trying to teach an incompetent group of ten-year-olds to play football, avoiding his bumbling would-be friend Chuck, and plotting revenge on the obnoxious Jerry.

F Sit

The hoopster

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence.

Andre Anderson has a bright future as a basketball star until he is viciously attacked in a hate crime, causing him to question everything he once believed in.

F Swe

Players

Sweeney, Joyce.

Eighteen-year-old Corey sees a threat to his dream of winning the basketball championship when he discovers that the new player on his team is a girl-stealing, friend-framing, team-destroying force of evil.


F Tes

Some kind of pride

Testa, Maria.

Named after the greatest baseball player of all time, eleven-year-old Ruth dreams of becoming a major league baseball player until she overhears her father lamenting the fact that she is a girl.

F Tho

Boarder patrol

Thomas, E. L.

Sixteen-year old Ryan is determined to be a professional snowboarder, but when his board is stolen at the ski resort, he must choose between career and family and make the decision to do the right thing.

F Tru

7 days at the hot corner

Trueman, Terry.

Varsity baseball player Scott Latimer struggles with his own prejudices and those of others when his best friend reveals that he is gay.

F Tru

Cruise control

Trueman, Terry.

A talented basketball player struggles to deal with the helplessness and anger that come with having a brother rendered completely dysfunctional by severe cerebral palsy and a father who deserted the family.

F VAN

The running dream

Van Draanen, Wendelin.

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

F Wal

Losing is not an option

Wallace, Rich.

Eleven episodes in the life of a young man, from sneaking into his tenth football game in a row with his best friend in sixth grade to running his last high school race, the Pennsylvania state championships.

F Wal

The roar of the crowd

Wallace, Rich.

After years of playing nothing but soccer in Hudson City, New Jersey, Manny has to work very hard to play on the middle school football team, using determination, speed, and smarts to make up for being small and inexperienced.

F Wal

Southpaw

Wallace, Rich.

After moving to New Jersey following his parents' divorce, Jimmy Fleming tries out for the seventh-grade baseball team while also trying to cope with his new life and dealing with his overly-competitive father.

F Wea

Farm team

Weaver, Will.

With his father in jail and his mother working full-time, fourteen-year-old Billy Baggs finds himself in charge of running the family farm in northern Minnesota and having to give up the thing he loves most--baseball.

F Wun

The heartbeat of halftime

Wunderli, Stephen.

Thirteen-year-old Wing clings to the dream that his perpetually losing football team can ride an unexpected winning streak to the championship game before his father dies of cancer.

F Yav

All-Star season

Yavin, T. S.

After competing both in their Jewish school and on the baseball field, ninth-grader Reuven and his younger brother Avi find that teamwork is better than competition.



F Yee

Stanford Wong flunks big-time

Yee, Lisa.

After flunking sixth-grade English, basketball prodigy Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisfy his academically demanding father.


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