Staff Picks

Teen Sports Books

Are you interested in reading some fiction centered around sports?  The following books all have teenage main characters playing sports and learning about life.

Black and White     Black and White    
Paul Volponi
    Y Vo

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

Crackback     Crackback    
John Coy
    Y Co

Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.

Dairy Queen     Dairy Queen    
Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    Y 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.

Derby Girl     Derby Girl    
Shauna Cross
    Y Cross

When sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name "Babe Ruthless," her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.

Gym Candy     Gym Candy    
Carl Deuker
    Y Deuker

Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

Jersey Tomatoes are the Best     Jersey Tomatoes are the Best    
Maria Padian
    Y Padian

When fifteen-year-old best friends Henry and Eve leave New Jersey, one for tennis camp in Florida and one for ballet camp in New York, each faces challenges that put her long-cherished dreams of the future to the test

Keeper     Keeper    
Mal Peet
    Y Pe

In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star.

Knights of the Hill Country     Knights of the Hill Country    
Tim Tharp
    Y Th

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.

Out of Order     Out of Order    
A.M. Jenkins
    Y Je

Sophomore Colt Trammel loves baseball and his girlfriend Grace, but he hates the rest of high school and maintains a tough facade to hide his feelings of inferiority.

Samurai Shortstop     Samurai Shortstop    
Alan Gratz
    Y Gratz

While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.

Slam!     Slam!    
Walter Dean Myers
    Y My

Seventeen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

The Running Dream     The Running Dream    
Wendelin Van Draanen
    Y Vandraa

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.

Whale Talk     Whale Talk    
Chris Crutcher
    Y Cr

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.