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LAST MAN OUT, by Mike Lupica

September 28, 2017

The story: When Tommy’s dad is killed fighting a fire, Tommy has to learn how to move forward–with his mom and sister, with a new friend and a new skateboard, and most importantly, with his football team. Can Tommy get over his anger and grief and help the Bears win a championship? Mrs. Friend’s opinion: […]

SOAR, by Joan Bauer

August 22, 2016

The story: Jeremiah has always loved baseball, but a heart transplant at age 10 is still keeping him on the sidelines. When he and his dad move to Hillcrest, Ohio, Jeremiah thinks he’s going to baseball heaven–but he lands in the middle of a scandal, and finds the team demoralized and fading. Who would ever […]

CONVICTION, by Kelly Loy Gilbert

March 15, 2016

The story: Star pitcher Braden is the only person who knows the truth about what happened that night. His dad claims it was an accident; the police say it was vehicular homicide. Braden loves his father and wants to believe in the God that Mart preaches, but when his estranged brother Trey comes to stay […]

BOY 21, by Matthew Quick

July 27, 2014

The story: When his coach asks Finley to befriend a new kid at school, he doesn’t mention that there’s a catch: if Russ–who wants to be called Boy21, and who claims he’s from outer space–can pull himself together, he’ll almost certainly end up taking Finley’s spot on the team. Without basketball, how will Finley ever […]

SWAGGER, by Carl Deuker

April 15, 2014

The story: When Jonas moves to Seattle his senior year, he’s afraid his chances for a basketball scholarship are going to fizzle. But his new team turns out to sizzle, not fizzle–and even a state championship could be within reach. But something creepy…something downright wrong…is going on with one of Jonas’s new friends, and he’s […]

SASQUATCH IN THE PAINT, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

February 28, 2014

The story: Theo has turned into a giant overnight, and Coach has recruited him for the basketball team. But being tall isn’t the same as being coordinated, and Theo is a mess on the court. Worse, all the hours he spends practicing is taking away from his time on the science team, where his geeky […]

POP, by Gordon Korman

April 22, 2010

Marcus knows he’s good at football – but the team in his new town couldn’t care less.  They had a perfect season last year, and Marcus gets stuck with the wanna-bes, playing a position he doesn’t want to play.  His plan is to keep working hard and to work his way up to being quarterback, […]

ALL THE BROKEN PIECES, by Ann E. Burg

February 18, 2010

Matt is not your typical middle-school kid.  It’s 1977, and Matt is a refugee from VietNam, where his mother put him on a helicopter and sent him away from the horrifying realities of war.  But it’s not that easy to leave other things behind … his nightmares of bombs falling, his memories of his shattered […]

POP, by Gordon Korman

January 21, 2010

Marcus moves to town, knowing he’s got some great football moves, and that they have an undefeated high school team.  What he doesn’t realize, though, is that the team is pretty much a closed club, and there’s no place for him.  He starts practicing at the local park, where he meets Charlie – who, it […]

RUNNER, by Carl Deuker

September 8, 2008

Chance Taylor’s life stinks – his dad is an alcoholic, they can’t make the slip payment on the boat where they live, his mom ran out on them – so it seems like a no-brainer when someone offers him a chance to make some easy money.  What could go wrong?  All Chance has to do […]