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The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Mick Cochrane

J COCHRANE

Eighth-grader Molly’s ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well.


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Gym Candy
Carl Deuker

TEEN DEUKER

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.


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Payback Time
Carl Deuker

TEEN DEUKER

Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he is determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field, or to discuss his past.


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The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game
John Feinstein

MYS TEEN FEINSTEIN

Eighth-grade sportswriters Stevie and Susan Carol are up to solve a mystery at the famous Army-Navy football game.


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Stupid Fast
Geoff Herbach

TEEN HERBACH

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of Squirrel Nut to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love and the courage to confront his family’s past and current problems.


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The Batboy
Mike Lupica

J LUPICA

Even though his mother feels baseball ruined her marriage to his father, she allows fourteen-year-old Brian to become a bat boy for the Detroit Tigers, who have just drafted his favorite player back onto the team.


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True Legend
Mike Lupica

TEEN LUPICA

Fifteen-year-old Drew Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when Drew reaches the NBA.


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Boost
Kathy Mackel

TEEN MACKEL

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


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Jersey Tomatoes are the Best
Maria Padian

TEEN PADIAN

When fifteen-year-old best friends Henry and Eve leave New Jersey, one for tennis camp in Florida and one for ballet camp in New York, each faces challenges that put her long-cherished dreams of the future to the test.


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Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court
Various

TEEN PICK-UP

A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, 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.


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Weregirls: Birth of the Pack
Petru Popescu

TEEN POPESCU

When sixteen-year-old Lily and her friends Nikki, Arielle, and Grazia start up a girl’s soccer club at their South Pasadena high school and name their team The Weregirls, they soon discover some unusual things about themselves as they become drawn into the age-old struggle between good and evil.


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Boy21
Matthew Quick

TEEN QUICK

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob. When his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.


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The Berlin Boxing Club
Robert Sharenow

HIST TEEN SHARENOW

In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust. 


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Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
Jordan Sonnenblick

TEEN SONNENBLICK

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.


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PrettyTOUGH
Nicole Leigh Shepherd

TEEN TIGELAAR

Two feuding sisters from Malibu, California, take their rivalry to the soccer field when both girls make the high school team.


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The Final Four
Paul Volponi

TEEN VOLPONI

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.


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Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board
Bethany Hamilton,Rick Bundschuh

BIOGRAPHY TEEN HAMILTON

Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves.


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