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Football Reads for Teens

HitCount

Hit Count by Chris Lynch

YA LYNCH, C.

Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, and while his dad cheers him on, his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch, but Arlo’s winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince him that everything is OK–in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.

RevengePlaybook

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

YA ALLEN, R.

Four girls, who each have their own personal reasons for wanting revenge, come together to complete the fourteen dares on a list before the rookie members of the football team can accomplish the same goal.

CallMeByName

Call Me By My Name by John Ed Bradley

YA BRADLEY, J.

Growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two high school football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept.

WalkOn

The Walk On by John Feinstein

YA FEINSTEIN, J.

After moving to a new town his freshman year in high school, Alex Myers is happy to win a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback but must deal with idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is not only a local hero, he is also the son of the corrupt head coach.
IfYoureReadingThis

If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

YA REEDY, T.

For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems–his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.

AlwaysACatch

Always a Catch by Peter Richmond

YA RICHMOND, P.

After he joins the new football team, Jack, a new junior and a skilled piano player at a preparatory boarding school, must decide how far he is willing to go to fit in with his new teammates, and how much he is willing to compromise himself to play the kind of music the school expects him to.

League

The League by Thatcher Heldring

YA HELDRING, T.

Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother’s summer football league, “The League of Pain,” against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.

Muckers

Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

YA WALLACE, S.

Felix O’Sullivan, standing in the shadow of his dead brother, an angry, distant father, and racial tension, must lead the last-ever Muckers high school football team to the state championship before a mine closing shuts down his entire town.

Stupid Fast

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of “Squirrel Nut” to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family’s past and current problems.

Catching Jordan

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

YA KENNEALLY, M.

Jordan Woods, captain and quarterback of her high school football team, seeks an athletic college scholarship, but when Ty Green joins the team and takes her position, her scholarship chances and her camaraderie with the team are threatened.

Enjoying the NBA Finals? Check out these basketball themed Teen Novels!

crossover

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

YA ALEXANDER, K.

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

LastShot

Last Shot by John Feinstein

YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.

After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

ThisPartYouLaugh

This is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

YA HOFFMEISTER, P.

Rising sophomore Travis and his best friend, Creature, spend a summer in a Eugene, Oregon, trailer park dealing with cancer, basketball, first love, addiction, gang violence, and a reptilian infestation.

DoubleExposure

Double Exposure by Bridget Birdsall

YA BIRDSALL, B.

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity–as a girl in Milwaukee–but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

TrueLegend

True Legend by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

Fifteen-year-old Drew “True” Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

Swagger

Swagger by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

EdenvilleOwls

Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker

YA PARKER, R.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

Rebound

Rebound by Bob Krech

YA KRECH, B.

Determined to make the varsity basketball team, seventeen-year-old Ray finds his efforts to play both hindered and helped by the atmosphere of racism in his town.

Boost

Boost by Kathryn Mackel

YA MACKEL, K.

Thirteen-year-old Savvy Christopher is 6’2″ and a talented basketball player; her big sis, Callie, is a cheerleader. When an injury ruins their dad’s golf career, the family moves from their swanky New Mexico home to an aunt’s sheep farm in Rhode Island. Savvy is thrilled when she makes the exclusive 18-and-under basketball team The Fire; getting to play on a great travel team makes up for having to share a room with Callie, being teased about her height, and having to work on the sheep farm. But when steroids are found in Savvy’s gym bag, she’ll have to fight for her spot on the team.

Game

Game by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

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.

Boy21

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

FinalFour

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

PickUpGame

The Pick-Up Game by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith

YA SS PICK-UP

A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

10 New Teen Novels in Verse

UpFromSea

Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

YA LOWITZ, L.

A novel in verse about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos, told from the point-of-view of Kai, a biracial teenage boy.

AmericanAce

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson

YA NELSON, M.

Sixteen-year-old Connor tries to help his severely depressed father, who learned upon his mother’s death that Nonno was not his biological father, by doing research that reveals Dad’s father was probably a Tuskegee Airman.
5to1

5 to 1: a novel by Holly Bodger

YA SF BODGER, H.

In a dystopian future where gender selection has led to [boys outnumbering girls] 5 to 1, marriage is arranged based on a series of tests. It’s Sudasa’s turn to pick a husband through this ‘fair’ method, but she’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

Skyscraping

Skyscraping: a novel by Cordelia Jensen

YA JENSEN, C.

In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

DatingDown

Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons

YA LYONS, S.

Seventeen-year-old aspiring artist Samantha Henderson, eager to learn about life and to get away from her father’s political campaigns and her stepmother, refuses to give up on her new boyfriend, “X,” even after he proves to be trouble, damaging her friendships and introducing her to drugs.

audacity

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

YA CROWDER, M.

A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.

Believarexic

Be·liev·a·rex·ic by J.J. Johnson

YA JOHNSON, J.

An autobiographical novel in which fifteen-year-old Jennifer Johnson convinces her parents to commit her to the Eating Disorders Unit of an upstate New York psychiatric hospital in 1988, where the treatment for her bulimia and anorexia is not what she expects.

PaperHearts

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

YA WIVIOTT, M.

Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that’s based on a true story.

HouseArrest

House Arrest by K.A. Holt

YA HOLT, K.

Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations.

OneCrossan
YA CROSSAN, S.
Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery. But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

Green Teen Reads

 

 

TheyCameFromBelow

They Came From Below by Blake Nelson

YA NELSON, B.

While vacationing on Cape Cod, best friends Emily, age sixteen, and Reese, seventeen, meet Steve and Dave, who seem too good to be true, and whose presence turns out to be related to a dire threat of global pollution.

BoysBears

Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

YA MCDONALD, A.

Seventeen-year-old Jenna, an ardent vegetarian and environmentalist, is thrilled to be spending the summer communing with nature in rural Canada, until she discovers that not all of the rugged residents there share her beliefs.

Hoot

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

YA HIAASEN, C.

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

MyChemicalMountain

My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco

YA VACCO, C.

The summer before they begin high school, best friends Jason, Charlie, and Cornpop go after the chemical plant that has been polluting their town, one seeking revenge for his father’s death and the others mainly for the thrill of it.

CrazyThingGirlsDO

The Crazy Things Girls Do For Love by Dyan Sheldon

YA SHELDON, D.

When fashionista Sicilee, arty Maya, and antisocial Waneeda risk their reputations by joining Clifton Springs High School’s Environmental Club to be near gorgeous new student Cody Lightfoot, each finds a new way of looking at the world.

Rootless

Rootless by Chris Howard

YA SF HOWARD, C.

In a world devastated by war and disease, a young tree builder searches for the last trees on earth.

empty

Empty by Suzanne Weyn

YA SF WEYN, S.

When, just ten years in the future, oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, senior high school classmates Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.

CarbonDiaries

The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd

YA LLOYD, S.

In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control. Told in short diary entries filled with scrapbook clippings, this riveting ecothriller is one girl’s attempt to stay grounded in a world where disaster has become the norm.

DestroyAllCars

Destroy All Cars by Blake Nelson

YA NELSON, B.

Through assignments for English class, seventeen-year-old James Hoff rants against consumerism and his classmates’ apathy, puzzles over his feelings for his ex-girlfriend, and expresses disdain for his emotionally-distant parents.

Ward

The Ward by Jordana Frankel

YA SF FRANKEL, J.

Set in a futuristic Manhattan after a catastrophic flood called the Wash Out, sixteen-year-old Ren must race against a conspiracy to find freshwater springs and a cure for the deadly disease that has stricken her sister and many others in the Ward.

 

 

November is Transgender Awareness Month

Check out some of the great nonfiction and fiction reads if you want to learn more, or read about characters who are transgender.

Nonfiction

BeyondMagenta

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

YA 306.768 KUK

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

TransgenderLives

Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

YA 306.768 CRO

Meet Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha. Each is transgender, and in this book, they share their personal stories. Through their narratives, you’ll get to know and love each person for their humor, intelligence, perseverance, and passion. You’ll learn how they each came to better understand, accept, and express their gender identities, and you’ll follow them through the sorrows and successes of their personal journeys.

SomeAssemblyRequired

Some Assembly Required: the Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

YA 306.768 AND

Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning teen memoir.

RethinkingNormal

Rethinking Normal: a Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill

YA 306.768 HIL

In this young adult memoir, a transgender girl shares her personal journey of growing up as a boy and then undergoing gender reassignment during her teens.

ThisBookGay

This Book is Gay by James Dawson

YA 306.766 DAW

Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder.

Fiction

BeautifulMusic

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

YA CRONN-MILLS, K.

Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents–all while trying to come out as transgender. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.

Almost Perfect

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

YA KATCHER, B.

With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.

 

CrossingLines

Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgender.

Freakboy
YA CLARK, K.

Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

JumpstartWorld

Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde

YA HYDE, C.

Sixteen-year-old Elle falls in love with Frank, the neighbor who helps her adjust to being on her own in a big city, but learning that he is transgender turns her world upside-down.

HappyFamilies

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis

YA DAVIS, T.

In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father’s decision to dress as a woman.

Book Playlist for Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope and Living to Change the World by Paige Rawl

PostitivePositive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope and Living to Change the World by Paige Rawl
YA 362.1969 RAW

 

 
1. “Demons” by Imagine Dragons
2. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
3. “Same Love” by Macklemore
4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
5.”U Can’t Touch This” by M.C. Hammer

Listen to the Playlist:

Playlist submitted by Mary.

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week

September 6 – 12, 2015, is National Suicide Prevention Week. Check out the resources below dealing with Suicide Awareness and Prevention and also novels centered on the topic.

Websites

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

You Matter

Books dealing with Suicide Awareness and Prevention

SuicideMentalHealth

Suicide and Mental Health by Rudy Nydegger

616.8584 NYD

Delving into a topic of perennial interest and concern, particularly among teenagers, this important volume addresses the full range of issues relative to suicide and suggests ways to help those who struggle.

WordsWound

Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral by Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja

YA 302.343 PAT

Teens everywhere deal with cyberbullying – whether they are targeted themselves, have bullied others, or simply know it happens around them. This book speaks directly to those teens about what they can do to prevent and respond to cyberbullying. It provides them with numerous peer anecdotes and strategies they can use to make their schools, and communities, places where cyberbullying simply doesn’t happen.

PowerPreventSuicide
YA 362.287 NEL

When teens consider suicide, they often tell other teens-if not always directly, then in other ways. This book spells out the warning signs, guides teens through the steps of reaching out to a friend, and explains when and how to seek help. It also suggests ways for teens to help themselves when they’re feeling stressed or depressed.

Novels where characters deal with Suicide

13 Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

AllBrightPlaces

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

YA NIVEN, J.

old in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another.

FallingIntoPlace

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

YA ZHANG, A.

One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz’s friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life

MyHeartOtherBlackHoles

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

YA WARGA, J.

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution–Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it.

Forgive Me Leaonard Peacock

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.