Sports Novels for Tweens / Children's Book Lists

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"Volleyball Dreams" by Jake Maddox

'Volleyball Dreams' by Jake Maddox

Ramona loves sand volleyball but has a hard team being a team player. When she learns that the court will be destroyed by a plastic company, she must learn the importance of being part of a team. ...

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"McKenna, Ready to Fly!" by Mary Casanova

'McKenna, Ready to Fly!' by Mary Casanova

When Seattle fourth-grader McKenna Brooks’ cast comes off she dives back into gymnastics training in hopes of making the competitive team, but after volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding center, she considers broadening her interests.After McKenna suffers an injury that causes her to worry about her place on the Shooting Star competitive gymnastics team, she tries to help her tutor, Josie, overcome her fear of horseback riding, ...

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"Million-Dollar Throw" by Mike Lupica

'Million-Dollar Throw' by Mike Lupica

Everyone calls Nate Brodie "Brady" because he's a New England quarterback, just like his idol, Tom Brady. And now he's got a chance to win a million dollars by throwing one pass through a target at halftime in the Patriots' Thanksgiving night game. More than anything, Nate's family needs the money - his dad's been downsized, his mom's working two jobs, and they're on the verge of losing their house. The worry is more weight than a 13-year-old can ...

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"The Girl Who Threw Butterflies" by Mick Cochrane

'The Girl Who Threw Butterflies' by Mick Cochrane

For an eighth grader, Molly Williams has more than her fair share of problems. Her father has just died in a car accident, and her mother has become a withdrawn, quiet version of herself.Molly doesn’t want to be seen as “Miss Difficulty Overcome”; she wants to make herself known to the kids at school for something other than her father’s death. So she decides to join the baseball team. The boys’ baseball team. Her fathe ...

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"Football Genius (Football Genius, #1)" by Tim Green

'Football Genius (Football Genius, #1)' by Tim Green

Troy White has a phenomenal gift. He can predict football plays before they happen. Any position. Any player. Any team.When Troy's single mom gets a job working in public relations for the Atlanta Falcons, Troy figures it's his chance to prove what he can do. But first he has to get to the Falcons—and with tight security and a notoriously mean coach, even his mom's field passes aren't much help.Then Troy and his best fr ...

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"Heat" by Mike Lupica

'Heat' by Mike Lupica

The #1 Bestseller! Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat along with aspirations of leading his team all the way to the Little League World Series. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their s ...

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"Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery (The Sports Beat, #1)" by John Feinstein

'Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery (The Sports Beat, #1)' by John Feinstein

New York Times bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein exposes the real “March Madness”—behind the scenes at the Final Four basketball tournament.   When Stevie wins a writing contest for aspiring sports journalists, his prize is a press pass to the Final Four in New Orleans. While exploring the Superdome, he overhears a plot to throw the championship game. With the help of fellow contest ...

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"Jackie & Me (A Baseball Card Adventure #2)" by Dan Gutman

'Jackie & Me (A Baseball Card Adventure #2)' by Dan Gutman

Like every other kid in his class, Joe Stoscack has to write a report on an African American who's made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color ...

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"The Hockey Machine" by Matt Christopher

'The Hockey Machine' by Matt Christopher

THE HOCKEY MACHINE Can Steve escape his kidnappers? After leading his hockey team to victory one afternoon, Steve Crandall accepts a ride home in the limousine of an avid fan his own age. Steve is surprised to learn that his fan is a multimillionaire and boy genius, but even more startling is the rich kid's proposal that Steve play center on his professional junior hockey team. Before Steve can respond or even consult his parents, he is flown to ...

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"Soccer Halfback" by Matt Christopher

'Soccer Halfback' by Matt Christopher

Jabber Morris has had his heart set on playing soccer, but his family is pressuring him to play football, a sport his father played and loved before he died. A tough situation is made even more difficult when suspicion of stealing a wallet falls on Jabber's shoulders. Now he has to tell his uncle that he's decided to play soccer once and for all -- and convince his brother that he's not a thief. But will either of them accept what he says? ...

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