Gearing up for the 2016 Summer Games?! Check out these teen books:
Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein
YA FEINSTEIN, J.
Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.
Tumbling by Caela Carter
YA CARTER, C.
They sacrificed their childhoods to compete in the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials. Grace lives and breathes gymnastics– but can never be perfect enough. Leigh has a gymnastics career, a normal high-school life… and a secret that could ruin everything. Camille wants to please her mom and her boyfriend… but most of all she wants to walk away. Wilhelmina was denied her Olympic dream four years ago, and she wont let anything stop her this time… anything. Monica is terrified: nobody believes in her– and why should they? Some will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever….
Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema
YA Luurtsema, N.
Lou Brown is a fast individual medley swimmer, training for the Olympics. But when she tanks the time trials, she starts over and goes back to school. It’s hard to fit in with the existing social groups. But then, she begins to coach boys in a different type of swimming activity, for a different type of competition.
Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams
YA WILLIAMS, C.
In 1972, while her idol, Mark Spitz, is in Germany competing in the Olympics, fifteen-year-old Winston, her Nanny, and her crush, Steve, head to Las Vegas in Steve’s parents’ motorhome to reconnect with Winston’s mother, who left ten years before to become a star.
An Olympic Dream: the story of Samia Yusuf Omar by Reinhard Kleist; translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger
YA GRAPH 796.4209 OMAR, S.
The image of Samia Yusuf Omar running for last place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will forever be imprinted in the minds of all who saw it: The lean Somalian, wearing knee-length leggings and a baggy T-shirt, came in seconds behind her competitors. What the cheering crowd couldn’t know then was what it took to get there. An Olympic Dream follows Omar’s second attempt to represent her country at the Olympics, this time in London. Reinhard Kleist pictures the athlete training in one of the most dangerous cities in the world; her passage through Sudan and into Libya; and her fateful attempt to reach Europe. By telling the story of one remarkable woman, Kleist gives voice to the thousands of migrants who risk their lives daily for a better future.
The Matchless Six: the story of Canada’s first women’s Olympic team by Ron Hotchkiss
YA 796.4808 HOT
It is July 1928, and Canada’s first women’s Olympic team — “The Matchless Six” — is heading to Amsterdam, the site of the ninth Olympiad of the modern era. Canada’s finest female track-and-field athletes, having survived rigorous training and the grueling selection process at the Olympic Trials, were determined to take their big talent and big dreams to the top. Meet Jane Bell, Myrtle Cook, Bobbie Rosenfeld, and Ethel Smith, the “Flying Four” who comprised Canada’s first relay team; Ethel Catherwood, the “Saskatoon Lily,” who became the champion high-jumper and the most photographed female athlete at the Olympic Games; and Jean Thompson, the youngest member of the team at seventeen, who became one of the world’s most outstanding middle-distance runners.
The Boys of Winter: the untold story of a coach, a dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team by Wayne Coffey
YA 796.962 COF
Explores the victory of the U.S. hockey team at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980 and the paths of the players and coaches since 1980.