YOUNG ADULT SPORTS FICTION
Freak Boy, Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. 2013, 427 p.
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help. (Wrestling)
Play ball. DeFilippis, Nunzio, Weir, Christina; illustrated by Jackie Lewis.
b. 2012. 145 p. Graphic Novel
Most girls, when they get to a new school, just want to fit in. But Dashiell Brody isn't like most girls. A natural at softball, Dashiell discovers her new school has a championship level baseball team, and Dashiell wants to play ball. One girl's quest to play the national pastime with the boys will turn her family, her school, and her state upside down. (Baseball/softball)
Beanball, Fehler, Gene. 2008, 119 p.
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. (Baseball)
Forced out. Fehler, Gene. 2012, 120 p.
Zack Waddell learns that a new player has been made a starter for financial reasons. (Baseball)
Foul trouble, Feinstein, John. 2013, 392 p.
College recruiters are clambering to sign up Terrell Jamerson, the #1 high school basketball player in the country. But not all of these recruiters are straight shooters, and Terrell will have to think fast if he wants to stay in the game. (Basketball)
Last shot: a Final Four mystery, Feinstein, John, 2005, 251 p.
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. (Basketball)
Edgar Allan Poe: Best Young Adult; YALSA Popular
Danger zone, Klass, David. 1997, 232 p.
When he joins a predominantly black "Teen Dream Team" that will be representing the United States in an international basketball tournament in Rome, Jimmy Doyle makes some unexpected discoveries about prejudice, racism, and politics. 1c. (Basketball)
The Contender, Lipsyte, Robert. 1967, 182 p.
A Harlem high school dropout escapes from a gang of punks into a boxing gym, where he learns that being a contender is hard and often discouraging work, but that you don't know anything until you try. (Boxing)
Addicted to her, Lynch, Janet Nichols, 2010, 220 p.
After falling obsessively in love, high school wrestler Rafael Montoya must choose between a reckless young woman and responsibilities to his family and future. (More romance than a sports story) YALSA Awards Nominee for Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011)
Darius & Twig, Myers, Walter Dean. 2013, 201 p.
Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem. (Running)
Boy21, Quick, Matthew. 2012, 250 p.
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee (2012), YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (Top Ten) (2013), Cybils: 2012 Finalist (2012) (Basketball)
Peak, Smith, Roland, 2007. 246 p.
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. (Mountaineering/climbing)
Sumo, Pham, Thien. 2012, 96 p.
Scott, abandoned by his girlfriend and having lost his dream of playing professional football, is offered a position in a Japanese sumo training “stable,” where he seems to find himself again. Graphic novel.
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for teens, 2013
The Running Dream. Wendelin, Wendelin.2011, 336 p.
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. (Running) 2012 Schneider Family Book Award
CONSIDER THESE ADULT BOOKS:
- The boys in the boat: Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Olympics. Brown, Daniel James. 2013. (Rowing) nonfiction
- Into thin air: A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster; Krakauer, Jon; 1997. Novelist: The author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived. (Mountaineering) nonfiction
- Art of fielding, Harbach, Chad. 2011 (512 pgs) (Baseball) Adult Fiction
- Seabiscuit, An American legend. Hillenbrand, Laura, 2003. An inspiring tale of unlikely heroes; of three embattled individuals overcoming the odds in the Great Depression. (Horse racing) Nonfiction