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My New Team

Ryan Howard (2015), 96 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Sports
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Third-grader Ryan (nicknamed Rhino) is really excited to join his first Little League team. He's been practicing baseball at home with his brother and grandpa, and hopes he will do well playing on a real team. However, when Rhino discovers that a neighborhood bully named Dylan is also on his team, he has to figure out what to do about Dylan's mean comments. Can he turn a bully into a friend, or at least a good teammate?
Book Series: Little Rhino
Similar authors: Rich Wallace, Betty Hicks
Similar books: The Ball Hogs by Rich Wallace; Basketball Bats by Betty Hicks
Reviewed by: Kristen
Date read: 2/23/2016
ISBN-10: 0545674913
ISBN-13: 9780545674911
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No Cream Puffs

Karen Day (2008), 224 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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'No cream puffs. Just throw heat.' says her catcher. Twelve year old Madison Mitchell is the first girl in southern Michigan to play in the summer baseball league. Madison is the team's best pitcher and a very good all-round player. The whole country has picked up her story. However, the popular girls make fun of her and her best friend has deserted her. Her enemy, Billy threatens to bean her. And she has a crush on the totally wrong boy on her team. Follow Madison as she balances the pressures of publicity, helping her team win and being a regular person.
Reviewed by: hap
Date read: 2/20/2010
ISBN-10: 0375837752
ISBN-13: 9780375837753
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Nobody Wants to Play with a Ball Hog

Julie Gassman (2011), 48 pages
Illustrated by Jorge Santillan
Audience: K - 2nd Grade
Category: Fiction, Sports
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Tyler discovers that he has a super sports skill - whenever he shoots a basketball, he always makes the basket. However, when he joins the basketball team at the Victory School for Super Athletes, he finds out that it's more important to play as a team member than as a superstar.
Reviewed by: Kristen
Date read: 7/23/2015
ISBN-10: 1434220567
ISBN-13: 9781434220561
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North American Indian Games

Madelyn Klein Anderson (2000), 64 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Sports
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Madelyn Klein Anderson's book, 'North American Indian Games' is a complete and fascinating book about the games that were played by the American Indians long ago. Many of these games such as lacrosse are very popular with young people today. In this book, you will discover that darts, lacrosse, shinny, and doubleball were played by Native Americans for a variety of reasons such as; celebrating important events, settling disagreements among tribes, and training young men for war. Throughout this book, the reader is given a deeper understanding and appreciation for the beliefs and customs of the American Indian.
Book Series: Watts Library
Similar books: American Indian Games by Jay Miller ; Native American Crafts Workshop by Bonnie Bernstein
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/23/2014
ISBN-10: 0531204030
ISBN-13: 9780531204030
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Nothin' But Net

Paul Mantell (2003), 136 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Fiction, Sports
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Tim Daniels is elated when his parents tell him that he can go to basketball camp for his summer vacation. He imagines being starting point guard when he comes back to school in the fall as an eighth grader since NBA players are going to be at the camp to help the kids. Tim's best friend Billy decides to go to camp too-what could go wrong? First of all, Tim misses all of the shots that he puts up. Then at the first social dance with all of the campers, Tim gets extremely nervous dancing with a girl that he likes and has to leave the dance before he gets sick. Will things turn around for Tim or will they go from bad to worse? While reading this book, you will feel like you are in the bleachers cheering for Tim. This is part of Matt Christopher's Sports Fiction series.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 8/18/2010
ISBN-10: 0316135852
ISBN-13: 9780316135856
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