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11 Teen Novels for Soccer Fans

LosersTakeAll

Losers Take All by David Klass
YA KLASS, D.
At a sports-crazy NJ high school where all kids must play on a team, a group of rebels start a soccer team designed to undermine the jock-culture of the school.

LastChanceFirst

Last Chance for First by Tom Hazuka
YA HAZUKA, T.
A star high school soccer player needs to cope with parents who compare him to his perfect brother, his best friend and co-captain of the team who is thrown off for drinking, a difficult, if not sadistic, coach, and an eccentric, unpredictable girlfriend–and still get the team to the State championships.

ShotsGoal

Shots on Goal by Rich Wallace
YA WALLACE, R.
While pursuing his goal of helping his soccer team win the league championship, fifteen-year-old Bones tries to deal with his resentment of his best friend, on whose girlfriend he has a crush.

OutNowhere

Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian
YA PADIAN, M.
Performing community service for pulling a stupid prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own.

Keeper

Keeper by Mal Peet
YA PEET, M.
In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star.

Exposure

Exposure by Mal Peet
YA PEET, M.
Paul Faustino, South America’s best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

Compulsion

Compuls1on by Heidi Ayarbe
YA AYARBE, H.
Poised to lead his high school soccer team to its third straight state championship, seventeen-year-old star player Jake Martin struggles to keep hidden his nearly debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Kick

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
YA MYERS, W.
Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.

Tangerine

Tangerine by Edward Bloor
YA BLOOR, E.
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

GoingForRecord

Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson
YA SWANSON, J.
Seventeen-year-old Leah’s chance to make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father has cancer and may only have months to live.

Breakaway

Breakaway by Kat Spears
YA SPEARS, K.
When Jason Marshall’s younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates–Mario, Jordie, and Chick–to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who’s not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.

NowTimeRunning

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
YA WILLIAMS, M.
When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.

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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.

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.

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 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.

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 book cover

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.

12 Teen Novels about Graduation

HeatofMoment

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt
YA BARNHOLDT, L.
“Before graduation, I promise to learn to trust” is what the email Lyla McAfee wrote to herself as a freshman, to be delivered right before graduation, says–but on the senior trip to Florida she discovers that what she now considers a silly sentiment may be a lot harder, and a lot more important, than she thinks.

KidneyHypothetical

The Kidney Hypothetical, Or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee
YA YEE, L.
A week before high school graduation, Harvard-bound Higgs suddenly finds his life falling apart and the other students turning against him, and somehow it all started with a hypothetical question about donating a kidney–but really it goes much deeper, all the way back to the death of his older brother.

GloryObrien

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
YA KING, A.
As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O’Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother’s suicide.

PlayMeBackwards

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer
YA SELZER, A.
A promising and popular student in middle school, Leon Harris has become a committed “slacker” but with graduation approaching and his middle school girlfriend possibly returning to town, Leon’s best friend Stan, who claims to be Satan, helps him get back on the right track–for a price.

Infinite Moment of Us

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
YA MYRACLE, L.
As high school graduation nears, Wren Gray is surprised to connect with gentle Charlie Parker, a boy with a troubled past who has loved her for years, while she considers displeasing her parents for the first time and changing the plans for her future.

KissMorningStar

Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
YA HOOLE, E.
The summer after high school graduation and one year after her mother’s tragic death, Anna and her long-time best friend Kat set out on a road trip across the country, armed with camping supplies and a copy of Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, determined to be open to anything that comes their way.

NewGuy

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding
YA SPALDING, A.
Juggling the pressures of college applications and friendships, neurotic overachiever Jules’s plans for her senior year are thrown off track when she starts dating the new guy at school and finds herself at the center of a rivalry between her high school’s newspaper and its just-launched TV news show.

saywhatyouwill

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
YA MCGOVERN, C.
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

PerfectlyGoodWhiteBoy

Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian
YA MESROBIAN, C.
After losing his virginity to an older girl who dumps him at the end of summer, Sean decides to join the Marines, but first he must get through his senior year of high school.

PrincessesofIowa

The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
YA BACKES, M.
After being involved in a drunk driving accident in the spring, Paige Sheridan spends the summer in Paris as an au-pair and then returns to her suburban Iowa existence for her senior year of high school, where she begins to wonder if she wants more out life than being popular, having a handsome boyfriend and all the latest clothes, and being a member of the social elite.

KnightsHillCountry

Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp
YA THARP, T.
In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

VeganVirginValentine

Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
YA MACKLER, C.
Mara has her senior year planned out and her sights set on Yale when her niece, who is only one year younger and opposite in temperament, moves in and disrupts Mara’s life.

7 Teen Novels about Prom

PromGoers

The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
YA MCCOY, C.
Minutes after eighteen-year-old Bennett Bardo of Gordo, New Mexico, asks Sophie Gilkey, his dream girl, to prom and she says yes, she is abducted by aliens and Bennett catches a ride across the galaxy with a band of misfit musicians to find her.

Promposal

Promposal by Rhonda Helms
YA HELMS, R.
Camilla hopes her secret crush, Benjamin, might ask her to prom but feels pressured into accepting the invitation of a casual acquaintance, and Joshua has worked up the courage to ask his best friend, Ethan, to be his date when Ethan asks his help in crafting the perfect “promposal” for another boy.

Tessa

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
YA FRANKLIN, E.
Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

PromandPrejudice

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
YA EULBERG, E.
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut’s exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate’s boyfriend.

Its Our Prom

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters
YA PETERS, J.
Told in separate voices, Azure, who is a lesbian, and Luke, who is bisexual, help plan an inclusive senior prom while Luke is writing and producing a musical about his life, both are working through the crush they have on their friend Radhika, and all three are dealing with problems at home.

21proms

21 Proms edited by Daniel Ehrenhaft and David Levithan
YA SS TWENTY
A full spectrum of good dates, bad dates, unexpected dates, and more is covered in 21 stories from today’s best-selling and up-and-coming YA authors.

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Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
YA ASHBY, A.
After Jack Grammar’s friends, Percy and Natalie, post a personal ad in the school newspaper for him, Jack ends up with only seven days to date all the responses before asking one special girl to the prom.