Sports Books for Grades 6–8

Author Title Call Number
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
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
BrooksThe Moves Make the Man
A black basketball player and an emotionally troubled white shortstop in North Carolina form a precarious friendship. (280 pp.)
Y Brooks
BruchacThe Warriors
Jake, who is Iroquois, understands lacrosse in a way none of his new teammates at Weltimore Academy does. (117 pp.)
Y Bruchac
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
Football loses its fun when Miles is sidelined by his coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured to take performance-enhancing drugs. (201 pp.)
Y Coy
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
DayNo Cream Puffs
When Madison becomes the first girl to join her town's baseball league, she never envisions the uproar it will cause. (209 pp.)
Y Day
DeukerOn the Devil's Court
Struggling with feelings of inadequacy, Joe finds himself willing to trade his soul for one perfect season of basketball. (252 pp.)
Y Deuker
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
FitzGeraldGetting in the Game
When everyone tries to get Joanna off the boys' ice hockey team, Jo resolves to deal with the problems caused by her participation. (136 pp.)
Y FitzGerald
FogelinCrossing Jordan
Despite their families' prejudices, Cass and Jemmie build a friendship around their mutual talent for running. (140 pp.)
Y Fogelin
GreenFootball Genius
Troy, who has a gift for predicting football plays, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons. (244 pp.)
Y Green
LipsyteThe Contender
A Harlem dropout escapes a gang of punks into a boxing gym, where he learns being a contender is hard, but you don't know anything until you try. (182 pp.)
Y Lipsyte
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is banned from Little League because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve and he has no parents to offer proof. (220 pp.)
Y Lupica
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
"Slam" Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city, but his coach sees things differently. (266 pp.)
Y Myers
RitterThe Boy Who Saved Baseball
The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game. (216 pp.)
Y Ritter
RobertsMy Thirteenth Season
Fran gives up her dream of becoming the first female in professional baseball after a coach attacks her just for being a girl. (154 pp.)
Y Roberts
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
Eager to make friends, Tallulah lies about being an expert surfer. When she's found out, her only option is to make the lie true. (259 pp.)
Y Wyshynski
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