Sports

 

Baseball

 

Mercado,Nancy

Baseball Crazy

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Offers a collection of stories and poems that captures the joy, drama, and excitement of playing America's

favorite pastime, and includes works written by John H. Ritter, Jerry Spinelli, Ron Koertge, Joseph Bruchac,

 and others. 2008.

 

Auch, MJ

One-Handed Catch

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After losing his hand in an accident at the family store, eleven-year-old Norm must find a way to cope with

the tragedy and overcome his disability in order to completely live the life of his dreams.  2006.

 

Cochrane, Mick

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

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Eighth-grader Molly's ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps
her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, 
as well.  2009.

 

Corbett, Sue

Free Baseball

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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. Includes glossaries of baseball terms and Spanish words and phrases. 2006

 

Golding, Theresa Martin

Truth About Twelve

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Tremendously burdened by a secret guilt, twelve-year-old Lindy uses her skill at softbaseball to help her

cope with a new school, scornful classmates, and complicated family problems. 2004.

 

Gratz, Alan

The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings

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Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in 1845, as they

experience American life and play baseball.  2009.

 

Gutman, Dan

Satch & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure

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With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out

whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever. 2006

 

Lupica, Mike

The Big Field

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When fourteen-year-old 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. 2008.

 

MacLachlan, Patricia

Edward’s Eyes

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Edward is one of a large and close family that loves baseball, music, books, and each other, and when he

unexpectedly dies and his parents donate his organs, his wonderful eyes go to a perfect recipient. 2007

 

Rallison, Janette

Playing the Field

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Thirteen-year-old McKay tries to keep up his algebra grade to stay on the baseball team, while dealing

 with his attraction

to a girl named Serena. 2002

 

Roberts, Kristi

My 13th Season

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Already downhearted due to the loss of her mother and her father's overwhelming grief, thirteen-year-old

Fran decides to give up her dream of becoming the first female in professional baseball after a coach

attacks her just for being a girl. 2005.

 

Scaletta, Kurtis

Mudville

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For twenty-two years, since a fateful baseball game against their rival town, it has rained in Moundville, so
when the rain finally stops, twelve-year-old Roy, his friends, and foster brother Sturgis dare to face the curse
and form a team.  2009.

 

Schwartz, Ellen

Stealing Home

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A powerful novel of racial tension, baseball, and Jackie Robinson takes readers to 1947 Brooklyn where

 nine-year-old Joey Sexton--a Yankees fan who is of mixed race--must live with his white, Jewish

relatives after his mother dies. 2006

 

Testa, Maria

Some Kind of Pride

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Named after the greatest baseball player of all time, eleven-year-old Ruth dreams of becoming a major league

baseball player until she overhears her father lamenting the fact that she is a girl. 2001.

 

Tocher, Timothy

Bill Pennant, Babe Ruth, and Me

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In 1920, sixteen-year-old Hank finds his loyalties divided when he is assigned to care for the Giants' mascot,

a wildcat named Bill Pennant, as well as keep an eye on Babe Ruth in Ruth's first season with the

New York Yankees.  2009.

 

Wallace, Rich

Southpaw

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Having moved from Pennsylvania to Hudson City, Jimmy Fleming is hoping that his good attitude and skills

 as a great pitcher will work to make him new friends, but when his performance sours, his new teammates

turns on him, and he gets unwanted pressure from his father, Jimmy begins to wish he never had to leave

his happy hometown.  2006

 

Wiles, Deborah

The Aurora County All-Stars

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For most boys in a small Mississippi town, the biggest concern one hot summer is whether their annual July

4th baseball game will be cancelled due to their county's anniversary pageant, but after the death of the

old man to whom twelve-year-old star pitcher House Jackson has been secretly reading for a year, House

uncovers secrets about the man and the history of baseball in Aurora County that could fix everything. 2007.

 

Zinnen, Linda

Holding at Third

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In addition to facing the reality that his older brother's cancer treatments may not go as successfully as he would wish, Matt Bainter's day-to-day life is also in turmoil after moving to a new town, joining the school's horrible baseball team, and ending up in a major slump of his own. 2004.

 

 

Basketball

 

Feinstein, John

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

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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.  2005

 

Heldring, Thatcher

Toby Wheeler: Eighth-Grade Benchwarmer

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When Toby finally decides to join the middle school basketball team, he does not anticipate the changes

that will occur in his relationship with his best friend JJ, who is the team's star player, as well as in other

areas of his life. 2007

 

Lupica, Mike

Summer Ball

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Thirteen-year-old Danny must prove himself all over again for a disapproving coach and against new rivals

at a summer basketball camp. 2007

 

Lupica, Mike

Miracle on 49th Street

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After her mother's death, twelve-year-old Molly learns that her father is a basketball star for the Boston

Celtics. 2006

 

Lupica, Mike

Travel Team

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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. 2004

 

Russo, Marisabina

House of Sports

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For quite some time, Jim's entire life revolved around the game of basketball and nothing could take his mind away

from it, but when things begin to change at home, the game becomes just a game as he turns to his Nana for

 comfort and stories of the past. 2002

 

Telander, Rick

String Music

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When Robby, a mediocre basketball player, bumps into his hero, NBA superstar J.J., Robby thinks his dream has

come true, but as they get to know one another, Robby realizes that being an NBA star isn't as great as it

 appears to be from a distance. 2002

 

Wallace, Rich

Dunk Under Pressure

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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. 2006

 

Wallace, Rich

Second-String Center

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As his own self-confidence grows, seventh-grader Dunk learns to be supportive both on and off the basketball court
when his friend Jared goes through a difficult time, even though Jared's failure would provide Dunk more opportunities
to prove himself.  2007.

 

Wallace, Rich

Technical Foul

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Jared has the talent to take the Hudson City Hornets basketball team to the play-offs, but first Jared will have

to learn to control his temper and be a better team mate. 2004

 

Football

 

Christopher, Matt

Crackerjack Halfback

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Freddie must overcome his fear of tackling before the championship game against the Cardinals. 1996

 

Green, Tim

Football Hero

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When twelve-year-old Ty's brother Thane is recruited out of college to play for the New York Jets, their

Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring, landing Ty and Thane in Trouble with

the Mafia. 2008.

 

Levy, Elizabeth

Tackling Dad

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When Cassie tries out for the middle school football team, she faces unexpected opposition from her father,

a former professional football player. 2005

 

Lupica, Mike

Two-Minute Drill

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Brainy Scott, a great kicker who otherwise struggles with football, and star quarterback Chris, who has

 dyslexia, team up to help each other succeed in both football and school. 2007.

 

Wallace, Rich

The Roar of the Crowd

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After years of playing nothing but soccer in Hudson city, New Jersey, Manny has to work very hard to play

on the middle school football team, using determination, speed, and smarts to make up for being small

and inexperienced. 2004

 

Hockey

 

Brooks, Bruce

Boot

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The Wolfbay Wings get a new weapon to use this season, bodychecking, and all the members in the league are

using it, but Boot does not feel comfortable doing this to other players, decides to take a stand against it, and,

in the process, risks his place on the team. 1998.

 

Brooks, Bruce

Shark

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As Shark's hockey game improves and he becomes a puck-hog, he alienates himself from his teammates and
discovers that a nickname must be earned, not taken for granted.  1998.

 

Brooks, Bruce

Woodsie

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At the start of the new ice hockey season, Woodsie alone believes that his teammates can pick themselves up

after several key players defect to a rival team. 1997

 

Christopher, Matt

Penalty Shot

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Jeff, already worried about losing his place on the hockey team because of low grades, suddenly finds himself

the victim of sabotage in the form of forged papers.  1997

 

Soccer

 

Bloor, Edward

Tangerine

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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 damaged his eyesight.  1997

 

Esckilsen, Erik E.

Offsides

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Tom Gray, a Mohawk Indian and star soccer player, moves to a new high school and refuses to play for the

Warriors with their insulting mascot. 2004

 

Gutman, Dan

The Million Dollar Kick

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Thirteen-year-old Whisper, who hates sports, is torn when she gets a chance to win a million dollars by kicking

a goal against a local soccer hero.  2001

 

Nitz, Kristin Wolden

Defending Irene

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A thirteen-year-old American girl plays on a fiercely competitive boy's soccer team during the year her family

spends in Italy and experiences culture clashes both on and off the field.  2004.

 

Wallace, Rich

Double Fake

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After getting a taste of victory on the soccer field, friends Calvin Tait and Zero Rollinson find a new passion i

n life and so now can only look forward to leading their team to even greater success as they begin to go

head-to-head with some of their fiercest competitors and toughest competitions of the year. 2005

 

Track & Field

 

Wallace, Rich

Fast Company

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When sixth-grader Manny Ramos, one of the fastest runners on the youth football team, joins the new track

club, he hopes that his light weight will be a benefit in racing against more experienced guys.  2005