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Grades 9-12: Sports

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Adam’s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam’s finally formed after a lifetime of struggle, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that’s given him everything.
Knockout by K.A. Holt
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How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes
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Losers Take All: A Novel by David Klass
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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince and Elaine Deprince
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Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee
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After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
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A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
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Winger by Andrew Smith
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