Got Game!

Books about sports for teens
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  • Perfect Shot
  • by Alphin, Elaine Marie Brian tries to escape the memories of his girlfriend’s murder by playing basketball.
  • Box Out (2008)
  • by Coy, John High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing team wide participation.
  • Whip It (2009)
  • by Cross, Shauna When sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name "Babe Ruthless," her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.
  • Last Shot
  • by Feinstein, John Stevie and Carol uncover a blackmail plot against a player at the Final Four playoffs.
  • Samurai Shortstop (2006)
  • by Gratz, Alan While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.
  • Open Ice
  • by Hughes, Pat When Nick is prevented from playing hockey, he begins a downward spiral into drugs and alienation.
  • Out of the Pocket (2008)
  • by Konigsberg, Bill As Bobby Framingham, quarterback of his high school football team, finally acknowledges to himself that he is gay, events start to spin out of control when his sexual orientation is revealed in the student newspaper and then in the local press, and he learns that his father has cancer.
  • Boost (2008)
  • by Mackel, Kathy Thirteen-year-old Savvy's dreams of starting for her elite basketball team are in danger when she is accused of taking steroids.
  • Pinned
  • by Martino, Alfred Two wrestlers cope with family problems and dating as they both battle to become the state wrestling champ.
  • Shooting Star (2009)
  • by McKissack, Frederick, Jr. Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.
  • My Heavenly Hockey Club (2007-)
  • (Graphic Novel) by Morinaga, Al Hana Suzuki prefers to eat or sleep over anything else, but allows classmate Izumi Oda to persuade her to join the school hockey club with the promise of delicious food and fine linens at the resorts they stay at. Of course there's also getting up early, working hard, and working as a team...
  • Dairy Queen (2006)
  • by Murdock, Catherine Gilbert 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.
  • Hoops
  • by Myers, Walter Dean Can a former pro-basketball player, forced to quit due to a scandal, keep a young Harlem youth from making the same mistakes?
  • Keeper (2005)
  • by Peet, Mal In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and soccer star.
  • Mexican White Boy (2008)
  • by Pena, Matt de la Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
  • Necessary Hunger: A Novel
  • by Revoyr, Nina Nancy confronts her feelings for rival basketball star Raina after their parents meet and move in together.
  • Slide or Die (Drift X series, 2006)
  • by Strasser, Todd Kennin is drawn into the dangerous world of racing cars in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Headlock (2006)
  • by Sweeney, Joyce High school senior Kyle is determined to become a professional wrestler but his dream is threatened by a loved one's illness and the dramatic reappearance of a long-absent relative.
  • Going for the Record
  • by Swanson, Julie A. Leah’s fierce commitment to soccer takes a back seat as she cares for her dying father.
  • Players
  • by Sweeney, Joyce Cory goes head-to-head with new team member Noah after he finds out Noah is sabotaging their team’s chance at winning the championship.
  • Crimson Hero
  • (Graphic Novel) by Takanashi, Mitsuba Nobara’s parents want her to work at their family-owned restaurant, but to her, volleyball means everything.
  • Black and White
  • by Volponi, Paul Marcus and Eddie, best friends and basketball stars, find out the justice system is not color-blind after committing a crime together.
  • Juice (2005)
  • by Walters, Eric When a new coach comes to their school, Michael and his teammates are convinced that steroids are the way to compete.
  • Fighting Ruben Wolfe
  • by Zusak, Markus Cameron and Ruben, two brothers from the “wrong” side of the tracks, join the Australian underground boxing circuit to help their family survive.

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