December 08, 2011

Books about sports for kids and teens

Juvenile Fiction

Full Court Fever    by Fred Bowen
With help from a new student and inspiration from an old magazine article, the players on Michael's seventh-grade basketball team hope to overcome their shortness and win their game against the eighth graders.

Summerland    by Michael Chabon
Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy.

Comeback of the Home Run Kid    by Matt Christopher
After badly spraining his ankle just before the summer baseball season begins, Sylvester Coddmyer III meets a mysterious ex-ballplayer named Charlie Comet who helps him compensate for the injury by learning to switch-hit.

Free Baseball    by Sue Corbett
Angry with his mother for having too little time for him, eleven-year-old Felix takes advantage of an opportunity to become bat boy for a minor league baseball team, hoping to someday be like his father, a famous Cuban outfielder.

Play On    by Sandra Diersch
The performance of Alecia's soccer team suffers greatly because its members are too distracted by other interests.

Owen Foote, Soccer Star    by Stephanie Greene
Series:  Owen Foote
When eight-year-old Owen and his best friend, Joseph, join a neighborhood soccer league, they not only face a test of their game skills but also of their friendship.

Million Dollar Shot    by Dan Gutman
Series:  Million Dollar
Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals.

Lay-ups and Long Shots: An Anthology of Short Stories
Various Authors, including D. Lubar, J. Bruchac, and T. Trueman   
These fictional short stories tell the tales of athletes in a variety of sports, including track, football, martial arts, Ping Pong, and dirt bike riding. The characters face obstacles to overcome such things as being overweight, being over-confident, and being impatient.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson   by Bette Bao Lord
In 1947, a Chinese child named Shirley Temple Wong comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.  Jackie Robinson is the star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and proving that a black man can make a difference in America.

BMX Bully    by Jake Maddox
Eleven-year-old Matt wants to make the Evergreen Racing Team but his chances are seriously threatened when a new boy moves to town and resorts to cheating in order to win.

Against the Boards    by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Peter has made it onto an AAA Bantam team and is now playing hockey in Edmonton. But this shy boy from the Northwest Territories is having a hard time adjusting to city life, his new school, and host family.

The Enforcer    by Bill Swan
Jake Henry has achieved one of his dreams: to become the hockey goalie for the Bear Claws of the Oshawa Lakeridge League.

Double Fake    by Rich Wallace
The YMCA soccer league looks like an easy way to get their feet wet and learn some techniques, but once Calvin gets the taste of a winning game, he’s totally hooked. Soon Calvin is leading his team to the finals.

Dunk Under Pressure     by Rich Wallace
Free throw specialist Cornell "Dunk" Duncan joins the YMCA summer basketball league all-star team, but after losing his confidence in an important game the seventh-grader makes some decisions about becoming an all-around player.

Young Adult Fiction

The Perfect Shot    by Elaine Alphin
Brian uses basketball to block out memories of his girlfriend and her family who were gunned down a year ago, but the upcoming murder trial and a high school history assignment force him to face the past and decide how far he should go to see justice served.

The Moves Make the Man    by Bruce Brooks
Jerome likes to think he can handle anything. He handled growing up without a father. He handled being the first black kid in school. And he sure can handle a basketball.  Then Jerome meets Rivers, mysterious and moody, but a great athlete.

Whale Talk    by Chris Crutcher
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.

On the Devil’s Court    by Carl Deuker
Struggling with his feelings of inadequacy and his failure to make the basketball team in his new school, seventeen-year-old Joe Faust finds himself willing to trade his soul for one perfect season of basketball.

Slam    by Nick Hornby
At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones's girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam's life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically.  Sam believes the answers to life's hurdles can be found in Hawk's autobiography.

Out of Order    by A.M. Jenkins
Sophomore Colt Trammel loves baseball and his girlfriend Grace, but he hates the rest of high school and maintains a tough facade to hide his feelings of inferiority.

Home of the Braves      by David Klass
Eighteen-year-old Joe, captain of the soccer team, is dismayed when a hotshot player shows up from Brazil and threatens to take over both the team and the girl whom Joe hopes to date.

Dairy Queen    by Catherine Murdock
2009 Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee.  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.

The Off Season    by Catherine Murdock
Sequel to:  Dairy Queen
High school junior D.J. staggers under the weight of caring for her badly injured brother, her responsibilities on the dairy farm, a changing relationship with her friend Brian, and her own athletic aspirations.

Saturday Night Dirt    by Will Weaver
Series:  Motor novels
In a small town in northern Minnesota, the much-anticipated Saturday night dirt-track race at the old-fashioned, barely viable, Headwaters Speedway becomes, in many ways, an important life-changing event for all the participants on and off the track.

Striking Out    by Will Weaver
Series: Billy Baggs; Book 1
Since the death of his older brother, thirteen-year-old Billy Baggs has had a distant relationship with his father, but life on their farm in northern Minnesota begins to change when he starts to play baseball.

Popular Sports-Themed Authors

Fred Bowen
Sigmund Brouwer
Matt Christopher
Dan Gutman
Gordon Korman
Robert Lipsyte
Lorna Schultz Nicholson
John H. Ritter
Shizuru Seino
Rich Wallace

Juvenile Non-Fiction

The Juvenile Non-Fiction Collection at Neill Public Library is full of great sports themed selections.  Below is a list of call numbers for non-fiction books about sports and athletes.  If you need assistance locating an item, please don't hesitate to ask our staff.

796 Sports Information and History
796.2 Skateboarding, Skating
796.31 Dance
796.32 Basketball
796.33 Soccer, Football
796.34 Tennis
796.35 Baseball
796.42 Track and Field
796.44 Gymnastics
796.6 Bicycling
796.8 Martial Arts, Boxing
796.9 Skiing, Snowboarding, Figure Skating
796.96 Hockey
797.1 Kayaking, Surfing, Sailing
797.2 Swimming
799 Hunting and Fishing
811 Poetry
920 Biographies

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