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Roller Girl

Victoria Jamieson (2015), 240 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Graphic Novel, Sports
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When fifth grader Astrid discovers roller derby, she embraces it with enthusiasm. She knows she is destined to be a star! She assumes her best friend Nicole will be just as thrilled about derby summer camp but instead Nicole chooses dance camp. To make matters worse, Nicole has a new friend who seems to have it in for Astrid. Astrid attends derby camp on her own and finds the sport to be much more difficult than she had imagined. Will it be worth the effort? This action-packed graphic novel about growing up and finding one's passion is an entertaining read.
Similar authors: Raina Telgemeier, Noelle Stevenson, Hope Larson
Similar books: Smile ; Lumberjanes ; Chiggers
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award
Awards nominated: Bluestem 2018
Awards won: Kirkus Book Award 2015; Children's and Teen Choice Book Award 2016
Reviewed by: Julia
Date read: 4/25/2017
ISBN-10: 0803740166
ISBN-13: 9780803740167
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Roots in the Outfield

Jane Zirpoli (1988), 149 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Sports
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After a humiliating play where Josh freezes when the ball comes towards him and his baseball team loses, his teammates start calling him 'Roots,' like he's a tree that's put down roots and cannot be moved. At the next game, they trick him into missing most of the game, and when he plays, he messes up again. At the end of the game, the team refuses to play again if Josh will be there, chanting 'Boot the Root!' When the chance to move to be with his father in Wisconsin for the year comes, Josh jumps at the chance to escape. He is just as miserable, though, with his new stepfamily at the lake. Then, he meets the mysterious man living next door, and he gets the chance to turn it all around.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 11/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0395451841
ISBN-13: 9780395451847
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Scaredy-Cat Catcher

Betty Hicks (2009), 64 pages
Illustrated by Adam McCauley
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Last season, Rocky was the best catcher in the league, and he has a reputation for never giving up on a goal. Life throws him a curveball when a runner slides towards home and breaks Rocky's arm when Rocky tries to tag him. Rocky's arm finally heals, and he's excited to play ball again. Then, he discovers that though his arm is no longer broken, his reflexes are against him. For the life of him, he can't make his arm tag a player: it flinches away on its own whenever someone comes sliding towards home. He's afraid of injuring himself again, and the rival teams take advantage of it. Will Rocky be able to overcome his fear, or will his dream of being on the all-star team be the first goal he gives up for good?
Book Series: Gym Shorts
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 9/30/2010
ISBN-10: 1596432462
ISBN-13: 9781596432468
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Second Stringer

Thomas J. Dygard (1998), 192 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Rob Montgomery is the star of the football team, and everyone knows it. Even Kevin, the second string quarterback, knows he could never come close to equaling Rob's talent. When Rob is injured and out for the season, Kevin's chance has come. How will he ever fill Rob's shoes, especially when everyone is hoping for a championship win this season? Can he prove that he can be more than just a second stringer?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/30/2009
ISBN-10: 0688159818
ISBN-13: 9780688159818
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Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs

Ron Koertge (2010), 176 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Kevin Boland has a secret. Sure, he loves to play baseball. He even hopes to turn pro someday. His secret is that he also loves to write poetry, but not the mushy, boring kind. Usually, his poems do not even rhyme. He keeps them in a journal and they tell of his every-day experiences. His girlfriend, Mira, doesn't really understand. Kevin's dilemma is that he has met a girl, Amy, who shares his love of poetry and even enjoys sharing her poems with him. Kevin isn't sure that he doesn't prefer Amy's company to Mira's. This sequel to Shakespeare Bats Cleaup is a great story of a middle school boy's introduction to the riddle of girls. Kevin's love of poetry is infectious.
Reviewed by: vverscaj
Date read: 7/21/2011
ISBN-10: 0763644358
ISBN-13: 9780763644352
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