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Winning Words


Now is the Time for Running

The Running Dream

Dairy Queen


Bloor, Edward
Tangerine (TEEN PB BLOOR E)
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Feinstein, John
Change-up: Mystery at the World Series (TEEN PB FEINSTEIN J)
While covering baseball's World Series, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story. Look for the other books in the series!

Green, Tim
Football Champ (TEEN PB GREEN T)
Twelve-year-old Troy's uncanny gift for predicting football plays proves a powerful secret weapon for the Atlanta Falcons, but a seedy reporter with a vendetta suspects something is going on and sets out to shred the reputations of Troy and star linebacker Seth Halloway. Look for the other books in the series!

Korman, Gordon
Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water. .

Lipsyte, Robert
Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.

Lupica, Mike
Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court--but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.

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.

Reilly, Matthew
Crash Course (TEEN PB REILLY M)
Fourteen-year-old Jason Chaser races hover cars. Jason and his brother, "the Bug," have been accepted to the International Race School, where they race against great difficulties. Jason Chaser has the need for speed-hyper speed. With his brother, the Bug, navigating, the fourteen-year-old hover car racing phenom is geared up to take the world by storm.

Smith, Charles R.
Winning Words: sports stories and photographs (TEEN FIC SMITH)
In this collection of short stories and photographs, Charles R. Smith, Jr. shows young athletes overcoming their fears and challenging themselves to do their best.

Tharp, Tim
Knights of the Hill Country (TEEN PB THARP T)
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.

Van Draanen, Wendelin
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

Various Authors
Lay-ups and Long Shots: an anthology of short stories (TEEN FIC LAY-UPS)
A collection of nine short stories about middle-schoolers and sports. They range from a game of "H-O-R-S-E" to running, ping pong, dirt biking, surfing, place kicking, soccer, and basketball.

Various Authors
Score!: Sports stories (TEEN PB SCORE)
Presents a collection of sports stories by such authors as Enid Bagnold, P.G. Wodehouse, Ring Lardner, and Tessa Duder.

Williams, Michael
Now is the Time for Running (TEEN NUTMEG PB WILLIAMS M)
When soldiers attack their small village, Deo escapes with his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying a soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds hope.