*Updated with new selections 8-31-12*
Alphin, Elaine Marie. The perfect shot
Brian uses basketball to block out memories of his girlfriend and her family who were gunned down a year ago, but the upcoming murder trial and a high school history assignment force him to face the past and decide how far he should go to see justice served.
Aronson, Marc, ed. The pick-up game
A series of short stories, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.
Beam, Matt. Last December
15-year-old Steven is composing a letter to his yet-unborn sister Sam. He writes about the events of his life: school, sports (he’s the goalie on his hockey team), drugs, alcohol and sex, most of which happen in his mind.
Bloor, Edward. Tangerine
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
Bradbury, Jennifer. Shift
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.
Calame, Don. Swim the fly
In addition to the pact he makes with his best friends to see a naked girl by the end of summer, Matt Gratton sets himself the goal of impressing the star of the swim team, Kelly West, by swimming the one hundred-yard butterfly.
Cohen, Joshua. Leverage
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.
Cross, Shauna. Derby girl
When sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name "Babe Ruthless," her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.
Crutcher, Chris. Athletic shorts
A collection of short stories about sports.
de la Peña, Matt. Ball don’t lie
Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream.
Deuker, Carl. Gym candy
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.
Deuker, Carl. On the devil’s court
Desperate to become a star player on the school basketball team, Joe Faust--whose pushy parents encourage him to be an overachiever--sells his soul for a winning season.
Gerber, Linda. The Finnish line
Ski jumper Mo Clark goes to Finland with the Scholar Athlete Exchange Program, trying to get away from her famous and accomplished family and seeking equality in her male-dominated sport.
Halpin, Brendan. Shutout
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.
Hautman, Pete. Rash
In a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free," sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.
Headley, Justina Chen. Girl overboard
After a snowboarding accident, Syrah Cheng must rehabilitate both her knee and her self-esteem.
Hughes, Pat. Open ice
Hockey has been Nick Taglio's life since he was five years old, so when a massive concussion benches him--possibly for good--everything seems to fall apart, including his schoolwork, his family relationships, his friendships, and his love life.
Jackson, Jeremy. Life at these speeds
When the school van veers off a bridge and plunges into the river below, everyone on the track team is killed except star Kevin Schuler, who rode home with his parents that evening. Repressing almost all memory of that season, Kevin begins high school in a different district.
Korman, Gordan. Pop
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.
Lipsyte, Robert. Center field
Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.
Lupica, Mike. Full court press
A three-ring circus ensues when a woman plays in the NBA for the first time-and for the worst team in the league.
Mackey, Weezie Kerr. Throwing like a girl
After moving from Chicago to Dallas in the spring of her sophomore year, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that joining the softball team at her private school not only helps her make friends, it also provides unexpected opportunities to learn and grow.
McKissack Jr., Frederick. Shooting star
Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.
Mikulski, Keri. Head games
Basketball star Taylor, who doubts that she is attractive due to her height, reluctantly agrees to participate in a fashion show, an event complicated by her divided feelings about two boys and about her team's preparations for the playoffs.
Murdock, Catherine. Dairy queen & sequels The off season & Front and center
This is the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk, expert at cows and football, learns an awful lot about love and life.
Myers, Walter Dean. Slam!
Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.
Nelson, Blake. Paranoid park
A 16-year-old Portland, Oregon skateboarder, whose parents are going through a difficult divorce, is engulfed by guilt and confusion when he accidentally kills a security guard at a train yard.
Peet, Mal. Exposure
Paul Faustino, South America's best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare's play, Othello.
Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. The hoopster
Andre Anderson, an African-American teenager who loves to play basketball, is happy about his summer internship at a magazine, but his life is unexpectedly changed by a random act of violence.
Smith, Jennifer E. The comeback season
High school freshman Ryan Walsh, a Chicago Cubs fan, meets Nick when they both skip school on opening day, and their blossoming relationship becomes difficult for Ryan when she discovers that Nick is seriously ill and she again feels the pain of losing her father five years earlier.
Smith, Roland. Peak
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Tharp, Tim. Knights of the hill country
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.
Tigelaar, Liz. Prettytough: a novel
Two feuding sisters from Malibu, California, take their rivalry to the soccer field when both girls make the high school team.
Van Draanen, Wendelin. The running dream
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
Volponi, Paul. The final four
Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.