Sports

Out of the Pocket

By Bill Konigsberg

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As Bobby Framingham, quarterback of his high school football team, finally acknowledges to himself that he is gay, events start to spin out of control when his sexual orientation is revealed in the student newspaper and then in the local press, and he learns that his father has cancer.
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Shooting Star

By Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

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Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.
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Toby Wheeler Eighth-Grade Benchwarmer

By Thatcher Heldring

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When Toby finally decides to join the middle school basketball team, he does not anticipate the changes that will occur in his relationship with his best friend JJ, who is the team's star player, as well as in other areas of his life. 

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Out Standing In My Field

By Patrick Jennings

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Although fifth-grader Ty Cutter is named after baseball great Ty Cobb, he is the worst player on the Brewer's team - which happens to be coached by his overly-competitive father. 

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The Whistling Toilets

By Randy Powell

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While coaching his best friend Ginny, a star tennis player who's in a slump, Stan finds himself falling for her. 

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Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

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