Athletic Adventures

Tony Hawk: Professional Skateboarder

By Tony Hawk

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There's a lot about Tony Hawk's life that might surprise you. He didn't skate out of the crib landing every trick he attempted. He had tons of ups and downs on and off his skateboard -- sometimes he landed and sometimes he slammed. Here he takes you behind the scenes of the skateboard world and describes what it's like to be Tony Hawk: Professional Skateboarder.
 

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The Boxer

By Kathleen Karr

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Fifteen-year old Johnny Woods hopes that his killer right hook will help him support his family during hard times in 1880's New York City.
 

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Tears of a Tiger

By Sharon Draper

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Four friends celebrate after a winning game, but at the end of the evening the star basketball player is dead in a car crash and the driver must come to terms with killing his best friend.
 

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Tangerine

By Edward Bloor

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Paul Fisher may be legally blind, but in many ways he sees more than most do. This novel of growing self-awareness will intrigue middle school readers with its exciting sports descriptions and hint of mystery.

 

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Painting the Black

By Carl Deuker

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When star athlete Josh Daniels moves in across the street, Remy Ward doesn't realize how much his life will change during his senior year at Seattle's Crown Hill High.
 

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LeBron James: The Rise of a Star

By David Lee Morgan

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He was featured on the covers of both Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. He has the scouts of every pro basketball team drooling. He has been touted wildly on national TV by basketball experts from Dick Vitale to Bill Walton. He has a reported $20 million dollar shoe contract pending. And he's still in high school. Why the big deal about LeBron James? The odds were against LeBron from the start. Born in poverty to a 16-year-old, drug-addicted single mom, without a father, raised by various family and neighbors . . . he could have become just another scarred product of a rough childhood in the projects. Instead, he's the darling of the sports world--and he plays the part well. Sportswriter David Lee Morgan has covered the LeBron phenomenon for the Akron Beacon Journal since the kid's freshman year and has been granted unequaled access to LeBron, his family, and his close

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It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

By Lance Armstrong

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When Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer, the prognosis was not encouraging. When it spread to his lungs and brain, most medical professionals gave up hope for his recovery. But not Lance. He studied his disease, interviewed doctors, chose a treatment, and fought for his life. This isn't a book for the squeamish as it spares few medical details but it isn't just about cancer. It's the story of the athlete as a young boy and his relationship with his single mother, his success as a world-class cyclist and his friends in that world, and his financial backers who supported him emotionally as well as monetarily. It records his winning the Tour de France, courting his future wife, and the birth of his son. (School Library Journal Review)
 

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Ironman

By Chris Crutcher

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While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends an anger management group at school which leads him to examine his relationship with his father.
 

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Go for the Goal : A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life

By Mia Hamm

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A gold medal winner and member of the US Women's Olympic Soccer team tells about life as a soccer player and how to become a better athlete.
 

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Ball Don't Lie

By Matt de la Peña

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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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