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Sports can be fun and exciting, and stories based on sports are often excellent vehicles for exploring larger life lessons. With that in mind, we put together this list of sports titles.

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      Mascot

      by Antony John

      Dec 2018

      Sports Elementary Plus

      After a car accident takes Noah's father's life and leaves him paralyzed, Noah must use a wheelchair. While his playing days might be over, baseball isn’t done with Noah yet.

      Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

      by Mike Pesca

      Dec 2018

      Sports High

      What if the US boycotted Hitler's 1936 Olympics and Jesse Owens had never beaten the Nazi's best? Or what if Billie Jean King had lost to Bobby Riggs in 1973? How might the sports world have changed? Notes. Index.

      Proud: Living My American Dream (Young Readers Edition)

      by Ibtihaj Muhammad

      Dec 2018

      Sports Middle Plus

      At the 2016 Olympic Games, Ibtihaj Muhammad broke barriers as the first American to compete wearing hijab and made history as the first Muslim American woman to win a medal. She describes the hard work, emotional fortitude, and faith she needed to become an Olympic fencer.Glossary of fencing terms. "Ibtihaj’s Advice." Q&A with the author. Full-color photo insert.

      That's Not Hockey

      by Andrée Poulin

      Nov 2018

      Sports Elementary Plus

      As a revolutionary goaltender, Jacque Plante led the Montreal Canadiens to victory after victory—and had multiple face injuries to show for it. In 1959, he changed the game forever as the first goalie to wear a protective facemask. More about Jacques Plante. Full-color illustrations.

      Dive Smack

      by Demetra Brodsky

      Nov 2018

      Sports High

      Theo Mackey, captain of the diving team, only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

      Takedown

      by Laura Shovan

      Nov 2018

      Sports Middle Plus

      As a female wrestler, Mikayla must prove herself on the mat during every match. But as the season progresses, she has to face the inevitable: wrestling her new friend and teammate Lev.

      Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Oct 2018

      Sports Elementary Plus

      As children in Compton, California, Venus and Serena Williams had to sweep the courts before they could practice. Sisters, competitors, friends—they became two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Afterword. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Further reading. Full-color illustrations rendered in cut paper, pencil, and acrylic paints.

      Unsinkable: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion

      by Jessica Long

      Oct 2018

      Sports Middle Plus


      Jessica Long was born with fibular hemimelia and adopted from a Siberian orphanage as a baby. She endured early health struggles and has gone on to become the second most decorated US Paralympic athlete of all time. Full-color photographs.

      On Point: Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream

      by Hena Khan

      Oct 2018

      Sports Elementary Plus

      Now that Zayd has made the Gold Team, he’s hustling hard and loving every minute of the season.
      But when team starts to struggle, Zayd can’t help wondering if it has something to do with him. Even worse, his best friend Adam suddenly starts acting like he doesn’t care about basketball anymore, even though they are finally teammates. He stops playing basketball with Zayd at recess and starts hanging out with other kids. Then, Adam up and quits the Gold Team to play football instead.
      While his uncle’s wedding preparations turn life into a circus at home, Zayd is left on his own to figure things out. He has to decide how to still be friends with Adam and step up to fill the empty shoes he left on the court. Does Zayd have what it takes to be on point and lead his team back to victory?

      Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal

      by Ken Bensinger

      Oct 2018

      Sports High

      The FIFA case began small, boosted by an IRS agent's review of an American soccer official's tax returns. That humble investigation led to a huge worldwide corruption scandal that crossed continents and reached the highest levels of the sport.Chart of FIFA's organization. Cast of characters. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photo insert.

      Out of Left Field

      by Ellen Klages

      Oct 2018

      Sports Middle Plus


      "S Barred from the 1958 Little League season for being a girl, Katy uncovers the history of women in baseball—history the Little League board would like to remain hidden. “Meet Katy’s Heroes.” Author’s note. Glossary. Recommended reading. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Most Valuable Players: A Rip & Red Book

      by Phil Bildner

      Sep 2018

      Sports Elementary Plus

      Tired of standardized tests, Rip, Red, and their friends protest; in retaliation, the school bans them from its anniversary gala and, worse, from playing on any school team.Black-and-white illustrations.
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