Yeah, we can't either. But we can recommend some great books about sports teams and athletes, and what it takes to succeed in life.
Grades 6 & 7
Final Season by Tim GreenWith two all-star college football players for brothers and a former Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman for a father, it is only natural for sixth-grade quarterback Benjamin Redd to follow in their footsteps. However, after his dad receives a heartbreaking ALS diagnosis--connected to all those hard hits and tackles he took on the field--Ben's mom becomes more determined than ever to get Ben to quit football. Ben isn't playing just for himself though. This might be his dad's last chance to coach. And his teammates need a quarterback that can lead them to the championships. But as Ben watches the heavy toll ALS takes on his dad's body, he begins to question if this should be his final season after all.
Call Number: YA FIC GRE
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah KapitIn this perfectly pitched novel-in-letters, autistic eleven-year-old Vivy Cohen won't let anything stop her from playing baseball--not when she has a major-league star as her pen pal. Vivy Cohen is determined. She's had enough of playing catch in the park. She's ready to pitch for a real baseball team.
Fast Pitch by Nic StoneShenice Lockwood, captain of the Fulton Firebirds, is hyper-focused when she steps up to the plate. Nothing can stop her from leading her team to the U12 fast-pitch softball regional championship. But life has thrown some curveballs her way.
Call Number: YA FIC STO
Bump by Matt WallaceMJ knows what it means to hurt. Bruises from gymnastics heal, but big hurts--like her dad not being around anymore--don't go away. There is only one thing MJ loves: the world of professional wrestling. When MJ learns that her neighbor, Mr. Arellano, runs a wrestling school, she has a new mission in life: join the school, train hard, and become a wrestler.
Call Number: YA FIC WAL
Bea Is for Blended by Lindsey StoddardSoon after her mother marries a man with three sons, sixth-grader Bea Embers fights to form a girls' soccer team at school, despite discrimination and setbacks.
Call Number: YA FIC STO
Throw Like a Girl by Sarah HenningWhen high school junior Liv Rodinsky is kicked off her private school's softball team and loses her scholarship she must join her new school's football team to prove she can be a team player, all while falling for the star quarterback
Call Number: YA FIC HEN
Why We Fly by Kimberly Jones; Gilly SegalIt's been a rocky start to senior year. Eleanor is still in physical therapy months after a serious concussion from a failed cheer attempt; Chanel is putting tremendous pressure on herself to get into the best colleges. When the cheer squad decides to take a knee at the season's first football game, what seemed like a positive show of solidarity suddenly becomes the reason for a larger fallout between the girls.
Call Number: YA FIC JON
Fast Girls by Elise HooperChicago's Betty Robinson is feted as America's Golden Girl until a nearly-fatal airplane crash threatens to end everything. Outside of Boston, Louise Stokes, one of the few black girls in her town, sees competing as an opportunity to overcome the limitations placed on her. From Missouri, Helen Stephens, awkward, tomboyish, and poor, dreams of escaping the hardships of her farm life through athletic success. These three athletes will join with others to defy society's expectations of what women can achieve
Call Number: YA FIC HOO
Furia by Yamile Saied MéndezRosario, Argentina. At home Camila Hassan lives within her mother's narrow expectations, her soccer-star brother's shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father. On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila dreams of getting an athletic scholarship to a North American university. But her parents wouldn't allow a girl to play fâubol-- and she needs their permission to go any farther.
Don't Hate the Player by Alexis NeddSixteen-year-old Emilia, secretly a dedicated gamer, competes with her elite team in a major tournament at the same time she and her best friend are running for class president and vice president.e.
Call Number: YA FIC NED
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth SteinNearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.
Call Number: FIC STE
Beartown by Fredrik BackmanPeople say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink and in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning.
Call Number: FIC BAC
Seabiscuit by Laura HillenbrandSeabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.
Call Number: 798.4 HIL
One Life by Megan Rapinoe; Emma BrockesMegan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medallist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, has become a galvanizing force for social change; here, she urges all of us to take up the mantle, with actions big and small, to continue the fight for justice and equality.
Call Number: 796.334 RAP
All In by Billie Jean King; Johnette Howard; Maryanne VollersBillie Jean King details her life's journey to find her true self. She recounts her groundbreaking tennis career and the myriad challenges she's hurdled--entrenched sexism, an eating disorder, near financial peril after being outed--on her path to publicly and unequivocally acknowledging her sexual identity at the age of fifty-one.
Call Number: 796.342082 KIN
Friday Night Lights by H. G. BissingerBut every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true.