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  • The Final Four
  • Curveball : the year I lost my grip
    Curveball : the year I lost my grip
    Jordan Sonnenblick.
    After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.
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  • Stealing Parker
  • Pick-up game : a full day of full court
    Pick-up game : a full day of full court
    edited by Marc Aronson & Charles R. Smith.
    A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.
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  • Stupid fast
    Stupid fast
    Geoff Herbach.
    Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems.
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  • Jersey tomatoes are the best
    Jersey tomatoes are the best
    Maria Padian.
    When fifteen-year-old best friends Henry and Eve leave New Jersey, one for tennis camp in Florida and one for ballet camp in New York, each faces challenges that put her long-cherished dreams of the future to the test.
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  • Now is the time for running
    Now is the time for running
    Michael Williams.
    When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.
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  • Kick
    Kick
    Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman.
    Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.
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  • Game
    Game
    Walter Dean Myers.
    If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new--white--student threatens to take the scouts' attention away from him.
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  • Ball don't lie
    Ball don't lie
    Matt de la Pena.
    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.
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  • Dairy queen : a novel
    Dairy queen : a novel
    by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.
    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.
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  • Mexican whiteboy
    Mexican whiteboy
    Matt de la Pena.
    Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
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  • Rucker Park setup
    Rucker Park setup
    Paul Volponi.
    While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.'s father and the police what really happened.
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  • Crackback
    Crackback
    John Coy.
    Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.
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  • Runner
    Runner
    Carl Deuker.
    Living 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.
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  • Whale talk
    Whale talk
    by Chris Crutcher.
    Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.
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  • Knights of the hill country
    Knights of the hill country
    by Tim Tharp.
    In 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.
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