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Sports Books for Grades 6–8

Author Title Call Number
Abdul-Jabar and ObstfeldSasquatch in the Paint
When Theo is accused of stealing, his place both on the basketball team and in the science club is put in jeopardy. (265 pp.)
Y Abdul-Jabar
AlexanerThe Crossover
Twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. (237 pp.)
Y Alexander
BarwinIcebreaker
When Gregg's new stepsister, Amy, joins the starting line-up of his hockey team, everyone feels the deep chill between them. (128 pp.)
Y Barwin
BauerSoar
Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, becomes the coach of his school's baseball team. (296 pp.)
Y Bauer
BloorTangerine
Paul fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight. (294 pp.)
Y Bloor
BruchacThe Warriors
Jake, who is Iroquois, understands lacrosse in a way none of his new teammates at Weltimore Academy does. (117 pp.)
Y Bruchac
CarterTumbling
Five very different girls compete in the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, after which their lives will change forever. (424 pp.)
Y Carter
CochraneThe Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Molly's knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which helps her connection with her recently dead father and other aspects of life. (177 pp.)
Y Cochrane
CrutcherIronman
While training for a triathlon, Bo attends an anger management group at school, which leads him to examine his relationship with his father. (181 pp.)
Y Crutcher
EsckilsenOffsides: A Novel
Tom, a Mohawk Indian and star soccer player, moves to a new high school and refuses to play for the Warriors with their insulting mascot. (172 pp.)
Y Esckilsen
FeinsteinRush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics
Two aspiring teen journalists solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming. (314 pp.)
Y Feinstein
FogelinCrossing Jordan
Despite their families' prejudices, Cass and Jemmie build a friendship around their mutual talent for running. (140 pp.)
Y Fogelin
FreitasGold Medal Winter
Esperanza must deal with the huge expectations of being on the Olympic figure skating team, as well as her teammates' efforts to sabotage her routine. (313 pp.)
Y Freitas
GreenUnstoppable
Harrison's NFL dreams suddenly seem possible when he is placed with a new foster father who is a football coach, but his good luck can't last forever. (343 pp.)
Y Green
HalpinShutout
Amanda and Lena look forward to playing soccer together, but when one makes varsity and one only makes junior varsity, their friendship rapidly changes. (183 pp.)
Y Halpin
HazelgroveThe Pitcher
Ricky Hernandez struggles with dyslexia and poverty, but his future opens up when a former World Series pitcher starts coaching him. (241 pp.)
Y Hazelgrove
LupicaFast Break
After his mom's death, Jayson faces challenges including living with a foster family and facing his former teammates in a championship basketball game. (262 pp.)
Y Lupica
MackelBoost
Savvy's dreams of starting for her elite basketball team are in danger when she is accused of taking steroids. (248 pp.)
Y Mackel
MackeyThrowing Like a Girl
Ella finds that joining her school softball team not only helps her make friends, it also provides opportunities to learn and grow. (271 pp.)
Y Mackey
McKissackShooting Star
Jomo starts taking performance enhancing drugs to improve his football game but finds his life spinning out of control. (273 pp.)
Y McKissack
MessnerSugar and Ice
When Claire gets a scholarship to train with elite skaters, she encounters a world of mean girls on ice, where competition is everything. (275 pp.)
Y Messner
MurdockDairy Queen
After spending her summer training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself. (275 pp.)
Y Murdock
MyersGame
After a new student threatens to steal the college basketball scouts' attention, Drew must step up his game. (218 pp.)
Y Myers
PadianOut of Nowhere
Performing community service for pulling a prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own. (337 pp.)
Y Padian
ShangThe Way Home Looks Now
When tragedy strikes Peter Lee's family, baseball no longer seems to matter. Can the game they love pull them together and bring them back, safe at home? (250 pp.)
Y Shang
SparksHell's Belles
Annie is torn between her teammates and the boy she likes, when a special derby exhibition conflicts with the Halloween dance. (255 pp.)
Y Sparks
WolffBat 6
In post-World War II Oregon, 21 sixth grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which racism comes to the surface. (230 pp.)
Y Wolff
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