Summary: Ben is known as the best point guard throughout the league. And now that Shawn has joined their team, they are a shoo-in to win it all. But there is a new kid in town, Chase Braggs, a point guard like Ben who seems to be better, stronger, and faster.
Summary: Connor is an All-Star shortstop on his Babe Ruth team, but he’s got one big problem: his temper. His coach is ready to kick him off the team. To make matters worse, things aren’t much better at home. His dad is having trouble finding a new job after being laid off. When the sports editor of the school paper threatens to do a big story on his tantrums – complete with embarassing photos – Connor realizes he has to clean up his act.
Summary: Joey Jordan loves gymnastics. But even with all her talent and style, she’s never quite made it to that gold medal stand. Now big changes shake up Joey’s life in and out of the gym. Joey wants to break out some daring new beam and floor routines–but she’ll have to defy her strict coach to do it. Her best friend, Alex, is thinking about quitting gymnastics for good. And an old friend named Tanner just moved back to town…
Summary: Ben McBain is every football team’s dream player. He’s a jack-of-all-trades guy who can handle almost any position. When the game is on the line, Ben’s number is the one being called for the final play. But Ben wants to be the starting quarterback, and the one thing standing in his way is the coach’s son. Shawn O’Brien looks the part. He has been groomed by his father, a former professional quarterback. But despite his size and arm strength, Shawn is struggling. Ben is torn between being a good teammate and going after his own dream. As Ben finds out, Shawn isn’t the easiest person to help. And when Ben gets an unexpected opportunity, the entire game will change for the both of them.
Summary: Twelve-year-old Troy always dreamed of meeting his father, but when the man finally appears his mother’s anger, his father’s shady business dealings, and Troy’s own feelings make the reunion difficult and confusing. 277 p., Harper.
Summary: Middle-schooler Jackson’s baseball skills are not of much help when he and his friends go to soccer camp, and while there he learns that his mother’s boyfriend has invited them to move into his house, and friend Diego’s father is deployed to Afghanistan. 164 p., Feiwel & Friends.
Summary: Twelve-year-old Josh looks forward to facing a true rival in the Baseball Hall of Fame tournament, but first he and his friends Jaden and Benji put themselves at great risk trying to expose the truth about a conspiracy to bribe the head umpire. 261 p., Harper.
Summary: Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed. 244 p., Philomel Books.
Summary: Five months after losing his mother, seventeen-year-old Gas runs away from an abusive father and gets a job working at an Arkansas race track, surrounded by the illegal Mexican immigrants that he and his father blame for her death. 151 p., Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Summary: When twelve-year-old Ty’s brother Thane is recruited out of college to play for the New York Jets, their Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring, landing Ty and Thane in trouble with the mafia. 297 p., HarperCollinsPublishers.
Summary: When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too. 243 p., Philomel Books.