Sports Fiction

 

Freakboy - Kristin Clark

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 - Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir

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 - Gene Fehler

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 - Gene Fehler

Zack Waddell learns that a new player has been made a starter for financial reasons. (Baseball)

 

Foul trouble - John Feinstein

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 - John Feinstein

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)

 

The Contender - Robert Lipsyte

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 - Janet Nichols Lynch

After falling obsessively in love, high school wrestler Rafael Montoya must choose between a reckless young woman and responsibilities to his family and future.

 

Darius & Twig - Walter Dean Myers

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 - Matthew Quick

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. (Basketball)

 

Peak - Roland Smith

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. (Mountaineering/climbing)

 

Sumo - Thien Pham

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.

 

The Running Dream - Wendelin Van Draanen

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)

 

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

 

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