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Get in the game with Booklist‘s favorite recent sports books for kids and teens!


Biggie

Biggie

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.

For grades 9–12.

The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics

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.

For grades 6–9.

Conviction

Conviction

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.

For grades 8–11.

Hit Count

Hit Count

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.

For grades 9–12.

Lost in the Sun

Lost in the Sun

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.

For grades 5–8.

A Matter of Heart

A Matter of Heart

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.

For grades 8–11.

None of the Above

None of the Above

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.

For grades 9–12.

Press Play

Press Play

By Eric Devine

While making a documentary to get himself into film school, Greg accidentally captures footage of brutal and bloody hazing by the lacrosse team, and he must decide whether to release the film or keep the secret.

For grades 9–12. Available to borrow through SearchOhio.

Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story

Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story

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.

For grades K–3.

Roller Girl

Roller Girl

By Victoria Jamieson

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

For grades 4–8.

Booklist‘s selections were made from books reviewed between September 2014 and August 2015.

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