17 Teen Novels You Should Read If You Love Football!

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.

FoodGirlsAndOther

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff

YA ZADOFF, A.

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

roughnecks

Roughnecks by Thomas Cochran

YA COCHRAN, T.

Travis Cody prepares for the final game of his high school football career, a rematch with his school’s chief rival.

Crackback

Crackback by John Coy

YA COY, J.

Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.

PaybackTime

Payback Time by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he is determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field–or to discuss his past.

CoverUp

Cover-Up by John Feinstein

YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.

Fledgling fourteen-year-old sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie investigate suspicious activities at the Super Bowl after Stevie gets fired from his co-anchor job on a ground-breaking teen sports show.

OutofHisLeague

Out of His League by Pat Flynn

YA FLYNN, P.

In a small West Texas town, an Australian exchange student becomes a star on the football field and soon finds himself torn between the lure of America and the ties that bind him to his home in Australia.

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.

Pop

Pop by Gordon Korman

YA KORMAN, G.

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.

DairyQueen

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

YA MURDOCK, C.

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

Troy High

Troy High by Shana Norris

YA NORRIS, S.

Best friends Cassie and Greg get caught in the middle of a decades-old football rivalry between their high school teams, the Spartans and the Trojans, in this novel loosely based on Homer’s classic tale, The Iliad.

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.

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.

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.

HitCount

Hit Count by 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.

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.

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.