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.

  • Center Field

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    By Lipsyte, Robert

    Mike has everything going for him: a good group of friends, he’s dating one of the hottest girls in school, and he even has a starting position on the varsity baseball team. But things fall apart when Oscar comes into town and challenges Mike to his position on the field. Mike starts heading down a bad road, and he needs to make a decision where he wants to go. 

  • 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 Cover image

  • 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.

  • Edenville Owls

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    By Parker, Robert B.

    Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.