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FICTION: Sports

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The contender

Lipsyte, Robert.

TEEN LIPSYTE

A Harlem high school dropout escapes from a gang of punks into a boxing gym, where he learns that being a contender is hard and often discouraging work, but that you don't know anything until you try.


The batboy

Lupica, Mike.

J LUPICA

Even though his mother feels baseball ruined her marriage to his father, she allows fourteen-year-old Brian to become a bat boy for the Detroit Tigers, who have just drafted his favorite player back onto the team.


Dairy queen : a novel

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert.

TEEN MURDOCK

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.


Cricket man

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.

TEEN NAYLOR

Thirteen-year-old Kenny secretly calls himself "Cricket Man" after a summer of rescuing creatures from his family's Bethesda, Maryland, pool, which gives him more self-confidence and an urge to be a hero, especially for his depressed sixteen-year-old neighbor, Jodie.


Bittersweet

Ockler, Sarah.

TEEN OCKLER

Hudson Avery gave up a promising competitive 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.


Ball don't lie

Peña, Matt de la.

TEEN PENA

Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream.


Boy 21

Quick, Matthew, 1973-

TEEN 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 Berlin Boxing Club

Sharenow, Rob.

TEEN SHARENO

In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.


Peak

Smith, Roland, 1951-

TEEN SMITH

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.


Curveball : the year I lost my grip

Sonnenblick, Jordan.

TEEN SONNENB

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's becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.


Knights of the hill country

Tharp, Tim, 1957-

TEEN THARP

In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.


The running dream

Van Draanen, Wendelin.

TEEN VAN DRA

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.


Black and white

Volponi, Paul.

TEEN VOLPONI

Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.


The Final Four

Volponi, Paul.

TEEN VOLPONI

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.


The boy in the dress

Walliams, David, 1971-

TEEN WALLIAM

"Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer---he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashion?"--Jacket.


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