Teen Boys: Sports
Chris Ballard. One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season.
(Hyperion, 2012) [Baseball]
"...he announced that practice was optional. If any of the boys didn't want to play ball, he wasn't going
to force them. Also, there would be no wind sprints, punishments, or lengthy pregame speeches... if a
player felt he could steal a base, he should signal Sweet that he was going, not the other way around.
And as for who played where, Sweet told them to work that out among themselves. After all, they
certainly knew better than he did." Thus, the new coach of the Macon Ironmen introduced himself
before the most amazing run any high school baseball team ever made. A veteran Sports Illustrated
writer tells a true story that will remind you of all that sports are really about.
A.C.E. Bauer. Gil Marsh. (Random House, 2012) [Cross Country]
All heroes die. What makes them heroes is that their stories don't. This retelling of Gilgamesh may be
the first truly heroic tale you run into all year.
Suzy Beamer Bohnert. Learning Basketball’s Lingo. (B&B Publishing) [Basketball]
From the “Game Day Goddess” comes a book on the language of basketball for the complete novice.
What makes this book special? It covers not just the official terms, but slang as well. Where else are
you going to find a definition of a “ticky-tack foul”? A bit simplistic for the sports buff, but for anybody
who wants to sit down next to dad and watch a game, this is the dictionary for you.
Carl Deuker. Gym Candy. (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) [Football]
Carl Deuker. On the Devil's Court. (Little, Brown, 1988) [Basketball]
Carl Deuker. Payback Time. (Houghton Mifflin, 2010) [Football]
Something is definately wrong with the Lincoln Mustang's new football player. He is great, when he
wants to be. He wins games, when the coach will play him. He ducks the spotlight and won't let his
picture be taken. With all the hype, and cheating, that surrounds big-time high school sports, a school
newspaper reporter gets caught up in the mystery man's game, and so much more. Carl Deuker is
the master of capturing the drama of sports, both on and off the field.
John Feinstein. Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series. (Knopf, 2009) [Baseball]
John Feinstein. Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl. (Knopf, 2007) [Football]
John Feinstein. Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery. (Knopf, 2005) [Basketball]
John Feinstein. Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open. (Knopf, 2006) [Tennis]
John Grisham. Calico Joe. (Doubleday, 2012) [Baseball]
A young phenom , on the greatest tear that any rookie has ever gone on in Major League Baseball
history, digs in against an embittered pitcher spiraling towards an ugly end to his careerr. What
happens next would reverberate for 30 years. Oh, and the sound of breaking bones would be heard by
John Grisham. Playing for Pizza. (Doubleday, 2007) [Football]
Gordon Korman. Jake Reinvented. (Hyperion, 2003) [Football]
Gordon Korman. Pop. (Balzer + Bray, 2009) [Football]
It is the part of the game that makes your head spin, your eyes blur, your mom gasp, and your
adrenaline seep out every pore on your body. You don't play football the way Marcus did in his old
school, you've got to love the pop. When you don't love the jarring, rib-rattling hit, it is time to hang up
the spikes. Marcus learns that in the most bizarre way in a high school football book that has all the
characters and story lines you want, but the book is about football, and football is all about the pop.
Mike Lupica. True Legend. (Philomel, 2012)
It’s good to be The Man. People write your papers, buy you things, drive you everywhere you want to
go, and take care of those little “problems” that sometimes come up. Drew “True” Robinson is
enjoying the perks of being the next great basketball prospect when he meets a ghost on a dark
outdoor court one night; mad skills, grubby clothes, a haunted look. But is it the ghost of a failed
prospect past? Or the ghost of Drew’s future?
Alfred Martino. Over the End Line. (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2009) [Soccer]
Alfred C. Martino. Pinned. (Harcourt, 2005) [Wrestling]
Michael Lewis. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. (Norton, 2007) [Football - Nonfiction]
Walter Dean Myers. Game. (HarperTeen, 2008) [Basketball]
Walter Dean Myers. Hoops. (Delacorte, 1991) [Basketball]
Walter Dean Myers. The Outside Shot. (Delacorte, 1984) [Basketball]
Walter Dean Myers. Slam! (Scholastic, 1996) [Basketball]
Pick Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court, edited by Marc Aronson & Charles Smith Jr. (Candlewick,
One day, one court, ten testaments to the drama inside the game and out. This is the home of pick-up
basketball, downtown Manhatten, where the immortals played when black players weren't allowed in
big-time college basketball and the NBA. And still they come, troubled, homeless, too young, too old,
nothing matters but your game when you step into The Cage.
Michael J. Rosen, with Ben Kassoy. No Dribbling the Squid: Octopush, Shin Kicking, Elephant Polo,
and Other Oddball Sports. (Andrew McMeel, 2009) [Nonfiction]
Robert Sharenow. The Berlin Boxing Club. (HarperTeen, 2011) [Boxing]
Any real sports fan will tell you, sports are life. So for a Jewish boy growing up in Nazi Germany,
nothing is more natural than strapping on the gloves and getting into the ring. Punishing, sure, but in
and out of the ring, Karl Stern is fighting for his life.
Scott Sigler. “Galactic Football League” (Series)
The Rookie. [Book One] (Diversion Books, 2007)
The Starter. [Book Two] (Diversion Books, 2010)
The All-Pro. [Book Three] (Diversion Books, 2011)
The MVP. [Book Four] (Diversion Books, 2012)
600 pound armored alien monsters as linemen, gorilla beasts at linebacker, scuttling bug creatures
at receiver and defensive back, and a quarterback from some backwater human world just trying not
to get his head ripped off on every play, that’s the world of the Galactic Football League in this sci-
David Skuy. Off the Crossbar. (The Writer’s Collective, 2006) [Hockey]
Shelley Sommer. Hammerin' Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer. (Calkins Creek, 2011) [Baseball]
In the 1930's and 1940's, sports went a long way towards breaking down barriers. We all know about
Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, and Jesse Owens, but few people know the story of Hank Greenberg, the
first great Jewish baseball player, who fought through descrimination to win two MVP awards and the
respect of a nation for his character, his patriotism, and his homerun swing.
Jame Sturm and Rich Tommaso. Satchel Paige: Striking out Jim Crow. (Hyperion, 2007) [Baseball]
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