Reading Lists

Sports (RD 80 and 90)

Ball don't lie

de la Pena, Matt

Delacorte Press 2005

Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream of playing professionally.

The blind side : evolution of a game

Lewis, Michael

W.W. Norton 2009

Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL.

Bobby Blanchard, lesbian gym teacher

Nolan, Monica

Kensington Books 2010

Roberta "Bobby" Blanchard, having taken a position as the gym teacher at Metamora Academy after an accident forced her to quit professional field hockey, investigates the mysterious death of the math instructor, while trying to build a winning field hockey team, teaching her students about themselves, and learning lessons about love.


Myers, Walter Dean

HarperTeen 2009

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.

Let me play : the story of Title IX : the law that changed the future of girls in America

Blumenthal, Karen

Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2005

Up until the 1970s, if you were a girl, you were told you shouldn't play team sports, or go to college. But, in 1972, Title IX changed that, by ensuring that girls have the same opportunities as boys to participate in sports and classes. But that change did not come without a fight.

Longshot : the adventures of a deaf fundamentalist Mormon kid and his journey to the NBA

Allred, Lance

HarperOne 2009

The NBA's first legally deaf player recounts his childhood on a polygamist compound in Montana, the difficulties he faced playing collegiate basketball, his brief time playing professionally in Europe, and the success that brought him to the NBA.

Off the chain : an insider's history of snowboarding

Rebagliati, Ross

Greystone Books 2009

Takes readers on a wild ride through the rise of snowboarding, from its hippie origins in the backwoods of Vermont and California to its present incarnation as a $150 billion global industry, starting with the sport's early days, when the pioneers built their own boards and sneaked onto the slopes. Explores the nature of snowboarding culture, traces the mainstreaming of the sport, and the evolution of snowboard fashion.

Open : an autobiography

Agassi, Andre

HarperCollins 2010

Soul surfer : a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board

Hamilton, Bethany, Berk, Sheryl, Bundschuh, Rick

Pocket Books ; MTV Books 2006

Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves.

Vindicated : big names, big liars, and the battle to save baseball

Canseco, Jose

Simon Spotlight Entertainment 2008

In 2005, Jose Canseco blew the lid off Major League Baseball's steroid scandal--and no one believed him. His New York Times bestselling memoir Juiced met a firestorm of criticism and outrage from the media, coaches, clubs, and players, many of whom Canseco had personally introduced to steroids--with a needle in the ass. Baseball's former golden boy, Rookie of the Year, onetime Most Valuable Player, and owner of two World Series rings was called a liar. In Vindicated, Canseco picks up where Juiced left off, revealing details even more shocking than in his controversial first book. He spills never-before-implicated names--arguably the biggest in the game of baseball--and explores the mystery of one celebrated player about whom key information was suddenly excised from Juiced at the last minute. He talks candidly about what the Mitchell Report did--and didn't--get right, why steroid use became so rampant, and how his life has changed since he tore the lid off Pandora's box.--From publisher description.

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