Baseball Crazy : Ten Short Stories That Cover All the Bases
by Mercado, Nancy E. (EDT)
Offers a collection of stories and poems for middle readers that captures the joy,
drama, and excitement of playing America's favorite pastime, and includes works
written by John H. Ritter, Jerry Spinelli, Ron Koertge, Joseph Bruchac, and
others. 2008

Beanball by Fehler, Gene
Relates, from diverse points of view, events surrounding the critical injury of
popular and talented high school athlete, Luke "Wizard" Wallace, when he is hit
in the face by a fastball. 2008

Boxer and the Spy by Parker, Robert B.
Fifteen-year-old Terry, an aspiring boxer, uncovers the mystery behind the
unexpected death of a classmate. 2008

Box Out by John Coy
High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball
team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers
before games and enforcing team wide participation. 2008

Cover-Up : Mystery at the Super Bowl by Feinstein, John
As the Super Bowl draws nearer, teens Steve Thomas and Susan Carol
Anderson learn that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed
their doping tests and that the Dreams' owner is trying to cover up the test
results. 2007

Edenville Owls by Parker, Robert B.
Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World
War II, faces many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless
basketball team and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who is
threatening his teacher. 2008

Football Hero by Tim Green
When twelve-year-old Ty's brother Thane is recruited out of college to play for the
New York Jets, their Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring,
landing Ty and Thane in trouble with the mafia. 2008

Football Nightmare by Hirschfeld, Robert; Christopher, Matt
Having dropped a pass that made his football team miss having an undefeated
season, thirteen-year-old Keith fears that he will continue to make bad mistakes
and wonders if he should continue playing football. 2000

Game by Myers, Walter Dean
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. 2008

Go Big or Go Home by Hobbs, Will
Fourteen-year-old Brady and his cousin Quinn love extreme sports, but nothing
could prepare them for the aftermath of Brady's close encounter with a meteorite
after it crashes into his Black Hills, South Dakota, bedroom. 2008

Gym Candy by Deuker, Carl
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. 2007

Jake Maddox Sports Series

Motocross Double-Cross
by Maddox, Jake; Tiffany, Sean (ILT); Temple, Bob
When Carlos competes against his best friend Ricky for a place in the
United States Motocross Association Nationals, each of them thinks the
other is trying to sabotage his chances at winning. 2007

Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow
Two aristocratic sisters in ancient Japan disguise themselves as samurai warriors
to take revenge on the uncle who betrayed their family. 2008

Slam Dunk Shoes
by Maddox, Jake; Temple, Bob; Tiffany, Sean (ILT)
When Jamal is asked to join the elite Cyclone basketball team, he worries
that his ratty old shoes--all his family can afford--will hurt his image on the
team. 2007

Snowboard Duel
by Maddox, Jake; Temple, Bob; Tiffany, Sean (ILT)
When the son of the new manager of the ski resort starts a snowboard
cross team and will not allow girls to join, Brian and Hannah try to think of a
way to change his mind. 2007

Soccer Shootout
by Maddox, Jake; Temple, Bob; Tiffany, Sean (ILT)
When a new boy joins the Titans soccer team, Berk, who has always played
goalkeeper, is challenged for that position and he must decide whether to
hold a grudge or act for the good of the team. 2007

Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports by Carter, Alden R.
A collection of stories about high school students from one end of the social
spectrum to the other. 2008

Mia by Yep, Laurence
Mia grew up playing ice hockey with her brothers, but now wants to see if she
has what it takes to compete as a figure skater.

Moves Make the Man by Brooks, Bruce
Recounts the extraordinary friendship between Jerome Foxworthy, a top student,
loving son, basketball star, and first Black to integrate his southern high school,
and Bix, a white athlete facing problems in his life. 1996

Re-gifters by Carey, Mike (See Graphic Novels)

Rucker Park Setup by Volponi, Paul
Having always wanted to win the basketball game at Rucker Park, best friends
Mackey and J.R. attend with the highest expectations, but when J.R. is fatally
stabbed, Mackey feels he is to blame and now must seek an equally dangerous
revenge to set things right.

Satch & Me by Gutman, Dan
With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip
with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.

Shift by Bradbury, Jennifer
When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer
after graduating and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened.

Six Innings : A Game in the Life by Preller, James
Earl Grubb's Pool Supplies plays Northeast Gas & Electric in the Little League
championship game, while Sam, who has cancer and is in a wheelchair, has to
call the play-by-play instead of participating in the game.

Satchel Paige : Striking Out Jim Crow
by Sturm, James; Tommaso, Rich (ILT); Early, Gerald (INT)
Told through the eyes of a sharecropper, a graphic novel follows Leroy "Satchel"
Paige--arguably one of the Negro Leagues' hardest pitchers--from game to game
as he travels throughout the segregated South. 2007

Trapped by Moloney, James; Tan, Shaun (ILT); Souleiman, Serg (ILT)
David and his parents move to a new town with a huge storm drain that would be
perfect for skateboarding, and in spite of hearing warnings about a terrible
accident that occurred there, David is determined to try it out. 2007

Weregirls : Birth of the Pack by Popescu, Petru
When sixteen-year-old Lily and her friends Nikki, Arielle, and Grazia start up a
girl's soccer club at their South Pasadena high school and name their team The
Weregirls, they soon discover some unusual things about themselves as they
become drawn into the age-old struggle between good and evil. 2007

Yellow Flag by Lipsyte, Robert
Born into a family of NASCAR champions, Kyle Hildebrand is content standing
on the sidelines and cheering for his brother, but when the heir-to-be gets injured
and they turn to Kyle to take his place, the teen is suddenly forced to make
important decisions about his life and his place in the family's dynasty of racing.