Teen Booklist

  • Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories

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    By Crutcher, Chris

    In six tense, exciting short stories, featuring new voices as well as characters from Crutcher's acclaimed popular novels, athletes face up to more than sports. These are tales of love and death, of bigotry and heroism, of real people doing the best that they can, even when that best is not enough.  

  • Bad Girls, Bad Girls: Whatcha Gunna Do?

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    By Voigt, Cynthia

    As new ninth-graders eager only to survive high school, Mikey and Margalo must deal creatively with stolen money and cheating on the tennis courts.

  • Ball Don't Lie

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    By Pena, Matt de la

    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.

  • Black and White

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    By Volponi, Paul

    Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.

  • Brunettes Strike Back

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    By Scott, Kieran


    Still the only non-blonde on her Florida cheerleading squad, sixteen-year-old Annisa makes some decisions about how far she will go to fit in with her team while also staying true to herself.

  • Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

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    By Sonnenblick, Jordan

    Meet Peter Friedman, high school freshman. Talented photographer. Former baseball star. When a freakish injury ends his pitching career, Peter has some major things to figure out. Is there life after sports?

  • Dairy Queen

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    By Murdock, Catherine Gilbert


    After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. Sequel: The Off Season

  • Danger Zone

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    By Klass, David

    When he joins a predominantly black "Teen Dream Team" that will be representing the United States in an international basketball tournament in Rome, Jimmy Doyle makes some unexpected discoveries about prejudice, racism, and politics.

  • Gym Candy

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    By Deuker, Carl

    Mick wants to be a football star, unlike his father who failed. So he starts taking “gym candy,” or steroids. He begins to achieve his dreams, but the side effects are devastating. 

  • Hard Ball

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    By Weaver, Will

    A fourteen-year-old Minnesota farm boy has to figure out how to get along with the arch-rival in his love life and on the baseball diamond, and both boys must learn how to deal with the unfair expectations of their fathers.