Get in the game with Booklist‘s favorite recent sports books for kids and teens!
By Derek E. Sullivan
Preferring to pursue academic achievements and maintain a low profile over sports in spite of having a famous athlete father, overweight perfectionist Henry reconsiders his beliefs when in his junior year the girl of his dreams begins to return his affections.
The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
By Daniel James Brown
Complemented by black-and-white photographs, a middle-grade adaptation of the best-selling The Boys in the Boat describes the American rowing team’s triumphant and unlikely win during the 1936 Olympics.
By Kelly Loy Gilbert
An aspiring baseball pitcher confronts an impossible choice and a test of his faith when he is offered the chance to play against a relative of a police officer his father is accused of killing.
By Chris Lynch
Ignoring warnings about head injuries, Arlo aggressively leads his football team to the championships, convincing himself that everything is alright, in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.
By Lisa Graff
As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on.
By Amy Fellner Dominy
When a fainting incident at a meet reveals a deadly heart condition and puts an end to her Olympic swimming dreams, sixteen-year-old Abby is challenged to discover who she is without the one thing that has defined her young life.
By I.W. Gregorio
Kristen discovers that she is intersex and possesses male chromosomes, a diagnosis that is leaked to the whole school, throwing Kristin’s entire identity into question.
By Emily Arnold McCully
A picture book biography about Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play in a major league exhibition game and the first person to play on both the New England and American leagues’ all-star teams.
By Victoria Jamieson
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.