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Ball Don't LieDe la Pena, MattSeventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream of playing professionally.yes2005basketball, OCD, Los Angeles, foster children, race relations710 L
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Big Field, TheLupica, Mike "The Big Field," in which fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, but decides to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.yes2004baseball
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Box OutCoy, JohnHigh school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing team wide participation. 2008baasketball, prayer in public schools, high schools
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Boy 21Quick, MatthewFinley, 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, and 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.basketball, friendship, gangs, violence, Irish Americans, African Americans
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BruisedSkilton, SarahWhen she freezes during a hold-up at the local diner, sixteen-year-old
Imogen, a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, has to rebuild her life, including
her relationship with her family and with the boy who was with her
during the shoot-out.
yes2013Tae kwon do, martial arts, self-perception, shooting
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Call Me by My NameBraadley, John EdGrowing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two high school football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept. yes2014football, Civil Rights Movement, prejudice, friendship, romance
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CrossoverAlexander, KwameFourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.yes2014
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Darius & TwigMyers, Walter DeanTwo best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem-- Provided by publisher. yes2013runners, running, friendship, African Americans
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Edge, TheSmith, RolandFifteen-year-old Peak Marcello is invited to participate in an "International Peace Ascent" in the Hindu Kush, with a team made up of under-eighteen-year-old climbers from around the world--but from the first something seems wrong, so when the group is attacked, and most of the climbers are either killed or kidnapped, Peak finds himself caught up in a struggle to survive, shadowed by the Shen, a mysterious snow leopard.yes2015rock climbing, Hindu Kush, kidnapping, murder
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ExposurePeet, MalPaul 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.yes2009soccer, fame, scandals, South America, journalists
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Final Four, TheVolponi, PaulFour players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large. yes2012basketball,NCAA tournament, conduct of life, ethics, African Americans
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Foul TroubleFeinstein, JohnCollege recruiters are clambering to sign up Terrell Jamerson, the #1 high school basketball player in the country. But not all of these recruiters are straight shooters, and Terrell will have to think fast if he wants to stay in the game. yes2013basketball770 L
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Game ChangersLupica, MikeWhen the coach's son, Shawn O'Brien, is chosen to play quarterback, eleven-year-old Ben McBain is not surprised--but when he tries to be a good teammate and help the inconsistent Shawn, he is startled to learn that his new friend does not really want the position. 2012football, quarterbacks, friendship, coaching, fathers and sons870 L
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Head KickJones, Patrick"Nong Vang dreams one day he'll become a MMA superstar, but his real life turns into a nightmare when his bully big brother returns to town. This young Hmong ultimate fighter can trash talk, but inside the cage, can he find the courage and skill to achieve success?"-- Provided by publisher. yes2013mixed martial arts, family problems, dysfunctional familes, bullying, Hmong Americans, easy read, hi-lo
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HeatLupica, MikePitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof. yes2006brothers, orphans, illegal aliens, immigrants, baseball940 L
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HookedFichera, LizInvited to become her varsity golf team's only female member, Fredericka Oday pursues a dream of earning a scholarship only to be challenged by golden boy Ryan Berenger, who resents Fred for replacing his best friend on the team. 2013romance, golf, girls in sports
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HoopsMyers, Walter DeanA teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake. yes1981basketball740 L
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I'm with StupidHerbach, Geoff"It's nerd-turned-jock Felton Reinstein's last year before college, and the choices he makes now will affect the rest of his life. That's a lot of pressure. Before leaving home forever, Felton will have to figure out just who he is, even if, sometimes, it sucks to be him"--Provided by publisher. yes2013athletes, identity, anxiety, schools
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KeeperPeet, MalIn an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star. yes2007soccer, coming of age, Brazil780 L
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Knights of the Hill CountryTharp, TimIn 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.yesfootball
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League, TheHeldring, ThatcherFourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother's summer football league, "The League of Pain," against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him. yes2013bullies, self-perception, family life, golf, football
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LeverageCohen, Joshua C.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. yes2012football, gymnasts, bullies870 L
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Love, Football, and Other Contact SportsCarter, Alden R.A collection of stories about high school students from one end of the social spectrum to the other.yes2006football, high school, humor, interconnected stories
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NextWaltman, KevinIndiana basketball prodigy Derrick Bowen--D-Bow to his friends--is impatient to start his freshman year, but his coach favors a senior for a guard spot; meanwhile, pressure at home builds for D-Bow to transfer from his neighborhood school to an exclusive prep school. 2013basketball, d-Bow's high school hoops (book 1), high school, AFrican Americans
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Out of NowherePadian, MariaAt Enniston High School, Tom Bouchard has it made: captain and star of the soccer team, boyfriend to one of the prettiest, most popular girls, and third in his class, likely to have his pick of any college, if he ever bothers filling out his applications. But life in his idyllic small Maine town quickly gets turned upside down after the events of 9/11. Enniston has become a "secondary migration" location for Somali refugees, who are seeking a better life after their country was destroyed by war'they can no longer go home. Tom hasn't thought much about his Somali classmates until four of them join the soccer team, including Saeed. He comes out of nowhere on the field to make impossible shots, and suddenly the team is winning, dominating even; but when Saeed's eligibility is questioned and Tom screws up in a big way, he's left to grapple with a culture he doesn't understand and take responsibility for his actions. Saeed and his family came out of nowhere and vanish just as quickly. And Tom may find himself going nowhere, too, if he doesn't start trying to get somewhere. From the Hardcover edition. 2013soccer, Somoli refugees college scholarships, small towns, sports rivalries
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PinnedFlake, Sharon G.Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade--but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.yes2012disabilities, learning disabilities, African Americans, wrestling, best friends, schools
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Pitcher, TheHazelgrove, WilliamA boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on. You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.yes2013baseball, pitchers, mother and son
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QB 1Lupica, MikeJake Cullen, fourteen, lives in the shadows of his father and older brother until he becomes the starting quarterback for the high school football team and finally has his chance to shine. yes2013football, high schools, fathers and sons, self-confidence, Texas
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Ring, ThePyrin, BobbiePlagued by slipping grades and a budding criminal record, Mardie's heading down a path of self-destruction she can't seem to avoid. Unlike her perfect older brother Michael, who does everything right according to their father, Mardie can't meet those high expectations. Then she discovers a girls' boxing club at the gym, and learns to believe in herself.2009girls' boxing, emotionally disturbed children, teen atlhletes, self-confidence
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RunnerDeuker, CarlLiving with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk. yes2005running, terrorism, alcoholism, smuggling, poverty, Washington (state), single-oarent families
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Slam!Myers, Walter DeanSixteen-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. yes1996basketball, African Americans, high school, prejudice750 L
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Summer BallLupica, MikeIn this sequel to "Travel Team", thirteen-year-old Danny must prove himself all over again for a disapproving coach and against new rivals at a summer basketball camp. yes2007basketball, camps910 L
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Surfing the HimalayasLenz, FrederickThe story of a young American snowboarder who travels to the Himalayas seeking the ultimate high. In an accident of karmic destiny, the young man plows into a Buddhist monk named Master Fwap who takes him on as a spiritual apprentice. Using snowboarding as a path to enlightenment, Master Fwap shows how, by freeing the mind and challenging the soul, one can master any mountain - and master himself.yes1995snowboarding, Himalaya Mountains
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This Way HomeMoore, WesElijah, seventeen, has always been sure of just one thing--basketball--and believes it will be his way out of West Baltimore, but when gang violence knocks him down, helping a veteran repair his rickety home helps Elijah see what really matters.yes2015bsketball, gangs, best friends
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Travel TeamLupica, MikeTravel Team," in which twelve-year-old Danny Walker is cut from his travel basketball team and decides to form his own team of castoffs, hoping that he might have a shot at victory,yes2004basketball
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True LegendLupica, MikeFifteen-year-old Drew "True" 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 True reaches the NBA. yes2012basketball, teamwork, conduct of life, high schools, African Americans
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Under the Bridgeharmon, MichaelTate's younger brother Indy is probably the best skateboarder in Spokane. He's also really smart though he couldn't care less about school. But when Indy clashes with his father one too many times and drops out of school, it's up to Tate to win his brother back from the seedier elements of Spokane. Can Tate convince Indy to come home, finish his high school degree, and return to skating Under the bridge with their crew' Michael Harmon's fast-paced and highly charged novel captures the enduring bond between brothers and their struggle for survival on the gritty streets of Spokane. 2013skateboarding,brothers, drug dealers, Spokaneeasy READ 180?
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Wave, TheCasey, SusanInvestigates colossal ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out. For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100 feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories; waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a number of ships have vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something was brewing in the planet's waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea, including several approaching 100 feet. Scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon. Yet extreme surfers fly around the world trying to ride the ocean's ultimate challenges. The sport's pioneer, Laird Hamilton, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board waves of 70 and 80 feet. The exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists' urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves, from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740 foot wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast. The book portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious. -- Publisher info. yes2010surfing, big wave surfing
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When We Wuz FamousTakoudes, GregFrancisco Ortiz, a handsome straight-A student and gifted basketball player from the barrio, wins a full scholarship to an elite boarding school. His future seems promising. But soon after Francisco moves into the dorm, his new classmates assume the worst of him. Things are even more complicated when Francisco realizes that back home in the hood, he no longer fits in, though his friends still rely on him to solve their problems. yes2013basketball, identity, gangs, boarding schools650 L
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WingerSmith, AndrewTwo years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.yes2013rugby, boarding schools, relationships, coming of age, gay teens, violence
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In DeepMcVoy, Terra ElanA competitive swimmer gets in over her head as she plays a wicked cat-and-mouse game with her wild best friend and a hot new college swimmer.yes2014swimming, competition, friendship, , best friends
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Dirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways to FlyDrone Pilot: Wesselhoeft, ConradSeventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.yes2014trail bikes, dirt bikes, drones, video games, death, family life, military special forces
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Bull CatcherCarter, Alden R.Bull and Jeff continue their friendship and love of baseball as they progress from ninth grade through high school in their small Wisconsin town.yes1997baseball, friendship
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Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I have BrokenGraham, RosemaryHaving endured the vicious rumors spread by her professional-skateboarder ex-boyfriend, high school sophomore Kelsey Wilcox tries to salvage her reputation while attempting to earn a place on her high school newspaper.yes2005skateboarders, gossip, high school, self-confidence
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Game of LoveGrogorian, AraGemma Lennon has spent nearly all of her 21 years focused on one thing: Winning a Grand Slam. After a disastrous and very public scandal and subsequent loss at the Australian Open, Gemma is now laser-focused on winning the French Open. Nothing and no one will derail her shot at winning - until a heated chance encounter with brilliant and sexy Andre Reyes threatens to throw her off her game.yes2015tennis, romance, celebrity
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Gym CandyDueker, CarlMick Johnson works hard for a placement on the varsity team during his freshman year, and decides to use steroids in order to hold onto his edge, despite the consequences to his health and social life.yes2007football, fathers and sons, steroids, high school
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Hit CountLynch, ChrisArlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field. While his dad cheers him on, his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch. Even Arlo's coaches begin to track his hit count. But Arlo's not worried about about tallying collisions. His winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince him that everything is OK - in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.yes2015football, sports injuries
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Vanishing ActFeinstein, JohnEighth-grade sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie reunite at the U.S. Open tennis championships where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player.yes2006tennis, U.S. Open, mystery
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Change-up : mystery at the World SeriesFeinstein, JohnWhile covering the World Series, teen reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol uncover some inconsistencies in the life story of a popular, new pitcher and begin to investigate.yes2009baseball, World Series, mystery
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Cover UpFeinstein, JohnTwo teenagers learn that every player on a professional football team--which is supposed to play in the Super Bowl--has failed their drug test and the owner has covered up the results, and now they must find a way to prove it.yes2007football, Superbowl, drug testing, mystery
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Last Shoot: A Final Four MysteryFeinstein, JohnAfter winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.yes2005basketball, Final Four, mystery
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The rivalry : mystery at the Army-Navy gameFeinstein, JohnTeen sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are assigned to cover the football game between long ime rivalries Army and Navy, and, after noticing the actions of secret service agents, they begin to suspect that the president, who is going to attend the event, is in danger.yes2010football, Army-Navy Football Game, journalism, mystery
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Rush for the gold : mystery at the OlympicsFeinstein, JohnTwo teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.yes2013swimming, dating, journalism, Olympic sports, mystery
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Straight PunchPolak, MoniqueTessa gets caught tagging and ends up in an alternative school where boxing is a big part of the program.yes2014boxing, alternative schools, girls, jvenile deliquents
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