Sports

2nd through 6th grade

Baseball Fever by Johanna Hurwitz – J Hur
Ten-year-old Ezra tries to convince his scholarly father that his baseball fever is not wasting his mind.

Basketball Bats by Betty Hicks – J Hic
Henry and his basketball teammates, the Bats, take on the Tigers, and Henry learns a lesson about working as a team.

The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter – J Rit
The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now disgraced player, Dante Del Gato.

The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz – J Gra
Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in 1845, as they experience American life and play baseball.

Goof-Off Goalie by Betty Hicks – J Hic
Ten-year-old Goose is best at goofing off, but when he decides to become the goalie for their soccer team, his friend Henry sets up a practice schedule and enlists their other friends to help Goose improve his skills.

Heat by Mike Lupica – J Lup
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman – J Gut
Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus. See also: Babe and Me, Mickey and Me, Ted and Me, Roberto and Me, and Ray and Me.

Lay-ups and Long Shots: An Anthology of Short Stories – J Lay
A collection of nine short stories about middle-schoolers and sports. They range from a game of "H-O-R-S-E" to running, ping pong, dirt biking, surfing, place kicking, soccer and basketball.

Matt Christopher series by Matt Christopher – Series Chr
Boys and girls pursue their dreams in every sport imaginable, including baseball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey, lacrosse, skateboarding and more.

The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman – J Gut
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. See also: The Million Dollar Goal, The Million Dollar Putt, The Million Dollar Shot, The Million Dollar Strike, and The Million Dollar Throw.

Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica – J Lup
After her mother's death, twelve-year-old Molly learns that her father is a basketball star for the Boston Celtics.

Plunked by Michael Northrop – J Nor
Sixth-grader Jack Mogens loses his nerve after getting hit by a pitch, and has to dig deep within himself to avoid giving up the sport he loves.

Slumpbuster by Kevin Markey – J Mar
Eleven-year-old slugger Banjo "The Great Walloper" Bishbash is overcome by a nasty hitting slump as he tries to lead the Rambletown Rounders to the division baseball championship.

Two Hot Dogs with Everything by Paul Haven – J Hav
Although everyone credits him and his superstitions for the Slugger's first winning streak in 108 baseball seasons, eleven-year-old Danny Gurkin believes that his discovery of a secret from the team's past may be the real reason behind the ball club's success.

The Zucchini Warriors by Gordon Korman – J Kor
Roommates Bruno and Boots find obstacles in their way as they attempt to lead the Macdonald Hall Zucchini Warriors to a victorious football season and earn the reward of a new recreation center.

 

6th through 9th grade

Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson – J Aro
Twelve-year-old Ari Fish is sure that the rare trading card he found has changed his luck and that of his soccer team, but after the card is stolen he comes to know that we make our own luck, and that heroes can be fallible.

Baseball Great by Tim Green – T Gre
All twelve-year-old Josh wants to do is play baseball, but when his father signs him up for a youth championship team, Josh finds himself embroiled in a situation with potentially illegal consequences. See also: Rivals, Best of the Best, Football Genius, Football Champ, Football Hero, and The Big Time.

Change Up: Mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein – T Fei
While covering baseball's World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock – J Mur
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.

Game by Walter Dean Myers – T Mye
If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new white student threatens to take the scouts' attention away from him.

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman - YA Mye
Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.

Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp – T Tha
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.

Last Shot by John Feinstein – T Fei
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.

Payback Time by Carl Deuker – T Deu
Mitch agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he's determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field--or to discuss his past. See also: On the Devil’s Court, Painting the Black, Night Hoops, Gym Candy and High Heat.

Summer Ball by Mike Lupica – T Lup
Thirteen-year-old Danny must prove himself all over again for a disapproving coach and against new rivals at a summer basketball camp. See also: Big Field, Travel Team, The Million Dollar Throw, and The Batboy.

Summerland by Michael Chabon – T Ch
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.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor – T Blo
Twelve-year-old Paul fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Vanishing Act by John Feinstein – T Fei
Eighth-grade sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie reunite at the U.S. Open tennis championships where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player.