Sports

The Big Field

By: Mike Lupica

YAPB Lupica

When young baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.

 

Bittersweet

By: Sarah Ockler

YAF Ockler

Hudson Avery gave up a promising competetive ice skating career after her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old and now spends her time baking cupcakes and helping out in her mother’s upstate New York diner, but when she gets a chance at a scholarship and starts coaching the boys’ hockey team, she realizes that she is not through with ice skating after all.

 

Boy 21

By: Matthew Quick

YAF 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.

 

The Crossover

By: Kwame Alexander

YAF Alexander

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

 

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

By: Jordan Sonneblick

YAF Sonnenblick

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

 

Dairy Queen

By: Cathering Gilbert Murdock

YAPB Murdock

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football teaqm, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

 

Double Dutch 

By: Sharon M. Draper

YAPB Draper

Three eighth-grade friends preparing for the International Double Dutch Championship jump rope competition in their home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, cope with Randy’s missing father, Delia’s inability to read, and Yo Yo’s  encounter with the bullies.

 

Game

By: Walter Dean Myers

YAPB Myers

If Drew Lawson is going to play college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new white student threatens to take the scouts’ attention away from him.

 

Girl Overboard

By: Justina Chen

YAPB Headley

Syrah Chen, the fifteen-year-old daughter of a Chinese-American business tycoon, 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.

 

Gym Candy 

By: Carl Deuker

YAPB Deuker

Groomed by his father to be a star player, 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.

 

Heat

By: Mike Lupica

YAF Lupica

Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

 

Leverage

By: Joshua Cohen

YAPB Cohen

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.

 

Out of Nowhere

By: Maria Padian

YAF Padian

Performing community service for pulling a stupid prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own.

 

The Running Dream

By: Wendelin Van Drannen

YAPB Van Drannen

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.

 

Swagger

By: Carl Deuker

YAF Deuker

High  school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is in the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

 

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

By: Michalela DePrince

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“The memoir of Michaela DePrince who lived the first few years of her life in war-torn Sierra Leone until being adopted by an American family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States”-Provided by publisher.

 

Tangerine

By: Edward Bloor

YAF Bloor

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damages his eyesight.

 

Travel Team

By: Mike Lupica

YAF Lupica

After he is cut from his travel basketball team–the very same team that his father once led to national prominence–twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.

 

Whale Talk

By: Chris Crutcher

YAPB Crutcher

“There’s bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that they don’t have a pool. The good news is that the only one of them can swim anyway” – Goodreads.

 

Winger

By: Andrew Smith

YAF Smith

Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.