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Young Adult Sports Novels

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Baseball/Softball

Out Standing in my Field by Patrick Jennings
middle school
Ty Cutter loves baseball but isnít quite the player that Ty Cobb, his namesake, was, and feels he canít please his father, whoís also his coach.

Gold Dust by Chris Lynch
middle school
In 1970's Boston, bussing has started but Richard is busy obsessing over the Red Sox. He's hoping to turn his new friend, Napoleon, who has just arrived from the Dominican Republic, into a top notch baseball player, despite Napoleon's preference for cricket and classical music.

Extra Innings by Robert Newton Peck
middle school and high school
After a tragic accident kills his parents and seriously injures him, Tate goes to live with his great grandfather and Vidalia. Vidalia's stories about traveling with a Negro League baseball team insipre Tate to once again take the pitcher's mound, despite his grief and injury.

Far from Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters
high school
Mary Elizabeth (or Mike) is the star of her school's softball team, but because of problems stemming from her father's suicide, she has convinced herself she can't go far. She also falls in love with the new girl, the manipulative and straight Xanadu.

The Boy who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter
middle school
Cruz de la Cruz rides into town, literally, to help twelve-year-old Tom organize a baseball game in order to save the town baseball field from developers.

Baseball in April by Gary Soto
middle school
A collection of short stories about growing up Latino in California, including the short story Baseball in April.
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Basketball

The Moves make the Man by Bruce Brooks
middle school and high school
Tells the story of Jerome, the first African-American at his high school, and his friendship with troubled classmate and fellow basketball player, Bix.

Night Hoops by Carl Deuker
high school
Nick loves basketball and struggles for his father's attention. Basketball brings him closer to his tough neighbor, Trent, who begins to practice with Nick, at night.

Travel Team by Mike Lupica
middle school
Danny Walker may be short, but he's great at basketball. Richie Walker, a former basketball player whose career was cut short, is struggling to have a relationship with his son, Danny. When Danny doesn't make the seventh grade travel team, Richie steps in and forms his own team.

Hoops by Walter Dean Myers
middle school and high school
Lonnie and his supportive basketball coach, Cal, face some hard decisions when gamblers want them to throw a game.
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Boxing
The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
middle school and high school
Alfred doesn't want to live his life on the streets and end up like his best friend who has been caught up with drugs and violence. He begins to go to Donatelli's Gym to learn boxing.
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Cheerleading

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
high school
Caitlin's perfect sister, Cass, has run away. Caitlin, trying to get away from her sister's shadow, joins the cheerleading squad, and later becomes involved in an abusive relationship with Rogerson.
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Football

Roughnecks by Thomas Cochran
middle school and high school
In a small Louisiana town, senior Travis Cody prepares for his state championship football game. Good for fans of Friday Night Lights.
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Hockey

Getting in the Game by Dawn Fitzgerald
middle school
While handling issues at home, Joanna joins her school's all male ice hockey team. She finds opposition from many of her teammates but support from several outlets, including her mother and brother.
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Figure Skating
Frozen Rodeo by Catherine Clark
middle school and high school
Peggy Flemming Farrell disapoints her father when she doesn't want to ice skate at the local rodeo. She has her hands full with her new job, her summer school class, being her mother's Lamaze partner and taking care of younger siblings, Dorothy, Torvill, and Dean. A really fun book.
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Running
Running on Eggs by Anna Levine
middle school
Yasmine is a gifted runner whose father won't allow her to be on the school track team. Karen is her former teammate who becomes her friend. But Yasmine is Arabic and Karen is Israeli and their families may not be accepting of their friendship.
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Skiing
Slalom by R.L. Rottman
middle school and high school
Sandro is an avid skier and works with his single mother at a Colorado ski resort. His life takes an interesting turn when a man, claiming to be his father, arrives.
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Swimming/Diving
Heat by Michael Cadnum
middle school and high school
Bonnie is terrified to return to diving after hitting her head on the diving board. On top of that, her lawyer father has just been accused of stealing money from his clients.

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
high school
High school swimmer, Eric ("Moby") discusses his friendship with Sarah Byrnes, who was severely burned as a child and who now lives in a psychriatic hospital.
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Tennis
Fifteen Love by Robert Corbet
middle school and high school
Do tennis players Will and Mia like each other? Will they ever get together? In the meantime, Mia must deal with her father's infidelity and Will bonds with his newly disabled brother.

Mixed up Doubles by Elana Yates Eulo
middle school
Hank, Jerome, and Sarah move with their father after their mother decides to focus more on her tennis career.
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General Sports
Slot Machine by Chris Lynch
middle school and high school
Elvin Bishop goes to camp for his new private school in order to find the perfect "slot" (sport). In the course of a couple of weeks, poor Elvin is bounced around from football to baseball to track, until he finds his perfect place.
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