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Pick a Sport, Any Sport

Is football your favorite sport or do you like tennis the best? Maybe you’re a gymnast or a runner. Whichever sport you prefer, we’ve got a book for you.

Freitas, Donna. Gold Medal Summer. YA FRE – [gymnastics] Thirteen year old Joey is a gymnast with her eyes on a gold medal and a lot of distractions standing in her way.

Scaletta, Kurtis. Mudville. YA SCA – [baseball] It started raining in Moundville, now nicknamed Mudville, during a rival baseball game. It continued to rain for twenty-two years. When it finally stops, twelve year old Roy McGuire decides to put a team together and have a game in Moundville for the first time in over two decades. 

Lynch, Janet. Racing California. YA LYN – [bicycle racing] Evan is a high school senior with a love for cycling. So when the Tour de France winner asks Evan to join his team for the Tour of California race he is compelled to say yes.

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. The Hoopster. YA SIT – [basketball] Andre Anderson is an inner-city teenager with a love for basketball and an amazing jump shot. Can his dreams and skills survive the difficulties in his life?

Feintstein, John. Cover-up. YA FEI – [football] Stevie is a reporter for a kid’s sports program. When he and his co-host, Susan, go to Indianapolis to cover the Super Bowl they get tangled up in a mystery involving the defensive line of one of the teams.

Wells, Rosemary. When No One Was Looking. YA WEL – [tennis] Kathy is a fourteen year old who is under a lot of pressure to win a teen tennis championship. To add to her stress she suddenly finds herself in the middle of a real life murder mystery. 

Bruchac, Joseph. Lay-ups and Long Shots. YA BRU – In this collection of short stories you’ll find characters who enjoy BMX riding, surfing, ping-pong, wrestling, basketball, football, soccer and kayaking.

Myers, Walter Dean. Kick. YA MYE – [soccer] Kevin has run into some trouble with the law, despite never having caused problems before. While Kevin deals with a lot of things in his personal life he is also on a soccer team that is fighting for the State Championship. 

Van Draanen, Wendelin. The Running Dream. YA VAN – [running] There is nothing that Jessica loves more than running. She’s a track star and expects to go to college on a sports scholarship. When her right leg is crushed in a car accident she is devastated. Suddenly, she is being taught to walk with a prosthetic leg. Will she learn to run again?

Voigt, Cynthia. Tell me if the Lovers are Losers. YA VOI – [volleyball] Three young women become college roommates their freshman year and, despite their many differences, bond over volleyball.

Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk. YA CRU – [swimming] T.J. hates organized sports and feels that his school puts too much emphasis on them. But when his English teacher asks him to be part of the new swim team he agrees and finds himself attempting to put together a decent team, filled with other misfits like him.