On the Ball: great sports reads

By: Tavares, Matt.
A picture book biography of African-American baseball player Hank Aaron.
By: Perdomo, Willie.
A little boy named Clemente learns about his namesake, the great baseball player Roberto Clemente.
By: Hicks, Betty.
Henry and his basketball teammates, the Bats, take on the Tigers, and Henry learns a lesson about working as a team, in the first title of the author's slam-dunk series for newly independent readers.
By: Priebe, Val.
Carmen is a star dribbler for the Victory basketball team. She never loses control of the ball. But when she decides to try out for soccer, she learns that handling a soccer ball doesn't come nearly as easy. After Carmen hears some other girls talking about her, she feels awful. She just didn't realize that it's hard to dribble with your feet.
By: Smith, Charles R., Jr., 1969-
A combination of poetic text and vibrant collage artwork pays tribute to boxer Jack Johnson who, in the early 20th century, rose through the ranks to break the color barrier in the sport of boxing.
By: Aronson, Sarah.
Believing his luck has changed for the better after finding a rare soccer card, aspiring young goalie Ari Fish finds his athletic skills floundering in the face of a dispute between his best friend and the new girl on the team, who accuse each other of stealing the card.
By: Baskin, Nora Raleigh.
Hank, Nathan, Jeremy, and Anabel deal with the realities of middle school basketball, including family pressure, a series of coaches with very different personalities and agendas, and what it means to be a team--and a friend.
By: Coy, John, 1958-
Middle-schooler Jackson’s baseball skills are not much help when he and his friends go to soccer camp; while there he learns that his mother’s boyfriend has invited them to move into his house, and friend Diego’s father is deployed to Afghanistan.
By: Gantos, Jack.
Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he coaches win the championship.
By: Gutman, Dan.
Cleaning out Miss Young's attic, young baseball fan Joe Stoshack is ecstatic when he discovers the world's most valuable baseball card, which magically transports him back in time to the 1909 World Series and to the side of the legendary Honus Wagner.
By: Gratz, Alan, 1972-
Follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations, beginning in 1845, as they experience American life and play baseball.
By: Heldring, Thatcher.
When Toby finally decides to join the middle school basketball team, he does not anticipate the changes that will occur in his relationship with his best friend JJ, who is the team's star player, as well as in other areas of his life.
By: Lord, Bette.
In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.
By: MacLachlan, Patricia.
Edward is one of a large and close family that loves baseball, music, books, and each other, and when he unexpectedly dies and his parents donate his organs, his wonderful eyes go to a perfect recipient.
By: Park, Linda Sue.
Against the background of major league baseball and the Korean War, Maggie Fortini, who is a diehard Brooklyn Dodgers fan, finds a way to make a difference in the world when her brother Jim is drafted into the army and needs her help.
By: Preller, James.
Earl Grubb's Pool Supplies plays Northeast Gas & Electric in the Little League championship game, while Sam, who has cancer and is in a wheelchair, has to call the play-by-play instead of participating in the game.
By: Ritter, John H., 1951-
The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now disgraced player, Dante Del Gato.
By: Scaletta, Kurtis.
For twenty-two years, since a fateful baseball game against their rival town, it has rained in Moundville, so when the rain finally stops, Roy, his friends, and his foster brother Sturgis dare to face the curse and form a team.
By: Wiles, Deborah.
After the death of an old man to whom twelve-year-old House has been reading, House uncovers some secrets which may allow the annual Fourth of July baseball game to proceed, despite the county's anniversary pageant.
By: Bloor, Edward, 1950-
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.
By: Feinstein, John.
As the Super Bowl draws nearer, teens Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson learn that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their doping tests and that the Dreams' owner is trying to cover up the test results.
By: Green, Tim, 1963-
Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players.
By: Lupica, Mike.
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.
By: Lupica, Mike.
Small but fast 12-year-old Will Tyler, an avid football player in the down-and-out town of Forbes, Pennsylvania, takes matters into his own hands when a lack of funding threatens to cancel the football season, rallying the entire town and giving the whole community hope in the process.