Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high school’s star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, she’ll join the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class A Short Season team . . . but not everyone is happy to have her there. On top of the pressure heaped on every pitcher, Jill must deal with defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, all while living away from home for the first time.
The inner-city Toronto Blues baseball team is having a lousy year. Shortstop Nash and the Blues can’t seem to win. They especially hate losing to their archrivals, the rich kids of the Parkhill Pirates. When all-star player Jock joins the team, it looks like the Blues might be able to turn the season around. The only problem? When the Pirates find out that Jock is gay, they ambush Nash and Jock, and Nash has to decide if he wants to stand by his teammate.
Brian is living every baseball kid’s dream: he is a batboy for his hometown Major League team. Brian believes that it’s the perfect thing to bring him and his big-leaguer dad closer together. And if that weren’t enough, this is the season that Hank Bishop, Brian’s baseball hero, returns to the Tigers for the comeback of a lifetime. The summer couldn’t get much better! Until Hank Bishop starts to show his true colors, and Brian learns that sometimes life throws you a curveball.
Nick Cosimo eats, breathes, and lives baseball. He’s a place-hitting catcher with a cannon for an arm and a calculator for a brain. Thanks to his keen eye, Nick is able to pick apart his opponents, taking advantage of their weaknesses. His teammates and coaches rely on his good instincts between the white lines. But when Nick spots a scout in the stands, everything changes. Will Nick alter his game plan to impress the scout enough to get drafted? Or will Nick put the team before himself?
Henry “Biggie” Abbott is the son of one of Finch, Iowa ’s most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn’t understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate. “Forty percent, that’s an F in any class,” he would say. As Biggie’s junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts to flirt with him. Hundreds of people have told him to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play ball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try.
Since he was ten, Julio has lived in the shadow of his famous father. Not just because Julio Senior is a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, but because he fled Cuba to play professional baseball, leaving his Julio and his mother and sister branded as the family of a traitor.
Now sixteen, Julio dreams of playing for Cuba’s national team—until he finds out his father’s defection may destroy his chances. When he’s given the opportunity to flee Cuba, he has to make the toughest choice of his life. Can he abandon his family, just like his Papi did? Will freedom be worth the perilous journey and risking prison if he’s caught? Will his Papi be waiting for him on the other shore—or, with the Marlins in the World Series against the Yankees, has Julio Senior forgotten about his son?
Whether you’re taking a road trip this summer or just wishing you were, find inspiration from these novels, and check out our display next to the Teen Space on the second floor…
by Jennifer BrownKendra thinks a road trip with her brother might be the perfect cure for his OCD and her disastrous mistake at school. At the very least she intends to reunite with their best friend Zoe, if she can find her. But will the journey free them, or make everything worse?
by Susan LucciIn the humid heat of Florida, 17 year old Quentin Jacobsen takes a roadtrip with his next door neighbor, Margo, who is also the girl he has an enormous crush on. But when she runs away it’s up to Quentin to follow the clues, revealing a reality that is much different than the fantasy he’s created in his mind.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
by Kathy GriffinThe last thing Amy wants to do after the death of her father in a car accident is drive her mother’s car across the country to help her move. And worse than that is the fact that her driving companion is a old family friend named Roger, who she definitely does not want to spend the next several days with. But after reconnecting with Roger, Amy finds she just might enjoy this road trip more than she was expecting – a lot more!
Open Road Summer
by Ross MathewsReagan decides the best way to heal her broken heart is to go on the road with her best friend, country rock superstar, Lilah. Lilah’s moving on from a bad relationship too, and both girls decide to keep the summer boy free and drama free. There may be a slight glitch in the plans however, when Reagan finds herself falling for the sweet and cute singer from the opening act.
by Jim and Gary PaulsenBen’s dad hopes their family road trip to pick up a rescue dog will bring them closer, because it seems they’ve grown apart from each other. But Ben doesn’t want to take a boring car ride with his dad, so he invites his mischievous and troublesome buddy to come with and spice things up. But none of them know what’s really in store on the open road, as they encounter a series of misadventures, additional passengers they weren’t planning on and the possibility that they are being pursued along they way. As an added bonus, every other chapter is told from the perspective of the family dog, Atticus.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
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As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Starflight by Melissa Landers
YA SF LANDERS, M.
Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
YA SF KINCAID, S.
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would give her life for Sidonia– and take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons her to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Nemesis must become Sidonia to save her. It’s a nest of vipers– and Nemesis finds within herself a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans.
Railhead by Philip Reeve
YA SF REEVE, P.
In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand–but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
YA SF REVIS, B.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet 300 years in the future, but 50 years before the ship’s scheduled landing, Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber. Someone tried to kill her. The Godspeed is controlled by the tyrannical Eldest and Elder, his teenage heir, who is fascinated by Amy and eager to discover if he has what it takes to lead. Uncertain whether or not she can trust Elder, Amy does know that she and Elder must unlock the Godspeed’s secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
YA SF ARNETT, M.
Seventeen-year-old Jeth Seagrave, the leader of a ragtag team of teenage mercenaries, skirts the line between honor and the law in an attempt to win freedom for his sister and himself in the form of their parents’ old spaceship, Avalon.
Tin Star by Cecil Castelucci
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Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
YA SF KINCAID, S.
Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.
Illuminae by Amt Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
YA SF KAUFMAN, A.
The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.
Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
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In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.
The 100 by Kass Morgan
YA SF MORGAN, K.
When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
YA SF DUNCAN, A.
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. How will she build a future on an Earth ravaged by climate change?