Books about sports for teens
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Skateboarding: Legendary Tricks (2007)
by Badillo, Doug Dozens of spectacular skateboarding stunts combined with technical information. Includes a history of tricks, featuring their legendary inventors.
- Skateboarding is Not a Crime: 50 Years of Street Culture
Davis, James The history and culture of skateboarding are explored here with many dramatic photos. A must for any skateboarding fan!
- Skateboarding : Rails, Rails, Rails (2007)
by Goodfellow, Evan Guide to learning skateboarding tricks on handrails. Explores tricks in sequential photographs with captions. Also discusses the history of rail skateboarding and includes biographies of influential riders.
- Surfing : Rules, Tips, Strategy, and Safety (2005)
by Green, Naima Explains the techniques and etiquette of the sport, examines surfing gear, provides safety tips, and looks at how surfing has changed since the 1960s.
- Surfer Girl: A Guide to the Surfing Life
by Lake, Sanoe The ultimate surfing handbook for girls provides tips for time in and out of the water.
- Girls Got Game: Sports Stories and Poems
by Macy, Sue This collection includes original short stories and poems about girls playing a variety of sports.
- Winning Basketball for Girls
by Miller, Faye Young Learn strategies, tips, and more to improve your game.
- LeBron James: The Rise of a Star
by Morgan, David Lee Learn how LeBron James overcame a difficult childhood to become one of basketball’s biggest stars.
- The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
by Myers, Walter Dean This illustrated biography of the world’s greatest boxing star follows his career and concerns in and out of the boxing ring.
- The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High Stakes Business of High School Ball (2005)
by O'Connor, Ian A rags-to-riches story of a kid from the Coney Island projects who succeeds in leaving behind the chaos, violence and economic hardship at home for a multi-milliondollar life of professional ball and product endorsement.
- Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson
by Platt, Larry Follow the exciting career of Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson as he conquers the world of pro basketball.
- Yoga Exercises for Teens: Developing a Calmer Mind and a Stronger Body (2009)
by Purperhart, Helen The exercises and games in this easy-to-follow guide are designed to help teens work out and train their bodies in a relaxed way. Benefits of yoga include body awareness, flexibility, concentration, stress reduction, and self-expression.
- MX: The Way of the Motocrosser
by The Editors of Racer X Illustrated The history of motocross is told through photographs and profiles of 14 leaders in the sport.
- Skater Girl: a Girl's Guide to Skateboarding (2007)
by Segovia, Patty Reveals the ins and outs of skateboarding to young women, from simple tricks to advanced techniques, as well as lingo and fashion.
- WWE Legends (2006)
by Solomon, Brian Fans guide to professional wrestling legends in the ring. Quick stats and descriptions of their most famous matches.