Get Your Head in the Game

Check out these great sports stories, currently on dispay in the Teen Scene!

Summerland by Michael ChabonLeverage by Joshua CohenShakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron KoertgeKick by Walter Dean MyersI Was a Non Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran ScottTravel Team by Mike Lupica

The Speed of Light, by Ron Carlson.

Twelve-year-old Larry spends the summer before junior high school with his best friends, Witt and Rafferty, playing different forms of baseball and discovering the secrets of the universe.

Summerland, by Michael Chabon.

Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy.

Leverage, by Joshua Cohen.

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher.

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.

Shutout, by Brendan Halpin.

Fourteen-year-old Amanda and her best friend Lena start high school looking forward to playing on the varsity soccer team, but when Lena makes varsity and Amanda only makes junior varsity, their long friendship rapidly changes.

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, by Ron Koertge.

When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

Pop, by Gordon Korman.

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.

Travel Team, by Mike Lupica.

After he is cut from his travel basketball team–the very same  team that his father once led to national prominence–twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.

Inexcusable, by Chris Lynch.

High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things go terribly wrong.

Boost, by Kathy Mackel.

Thirteen-year-old Savvy’s dreams of starting for her elite basketball team are in danger when she is accused of taking steroids.

Change of Heart, by Shari Maurer.

When sixteen-year-old Emmi Miller learns she will die without a heart transplant, she becomes aware of all she has been taking for granted, from her parents’ love to her soccer ability, but gains strength from new friend Abe.

Dairy Queen, by Catherine 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.

The Off Season, by Catherine Murdock.

High school junior D.J. staggers under the weight of caring for her badly injured brother, her responsibilities on the dairy farm, a changing relationship with her friend Brian, and her own athletic aspirations.

Kick, by Walter Dean Myers.

Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.

My Thirteenth Season, by Kristi Roberts.

Already downhearted due to the loss of her mother and her father’s overwhelming grief, thirteen-year-old Fran decides to give up her dream of becoming the first female in professional baseball after a coach attacks her just for being a girl.

I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader, by Kieran Scott.

As a brunette on the all-blonde cheerleading squad at her new Florida high school, sophomore Annisa Gobrowski tries to fit in with her popular teammates without losing the friendship of Bethany, the only other non-blonde at the school.

Knights of the Hill Country, by Tim Tharp.

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.

Crossing Lines, by Paul Volponi.

High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgendered.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have, by Allen Zadoff.

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

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