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Contest

Gordon Korman (2002), 96 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction, Sports
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Dominic has always wanted to climb mountains and his dream is to be part of Summit Sports quest to send the youngest person ever to climb Mt. Everest. Can he survive the brutal training camp and be chosen for the elite squad of four climbers? If you enjoy this book, you'll want to read the two fast-paced sequels to find out who makes it to the summit of Everest and what the journey demands from the climbers.
Book Series: Everest
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 8/19/2010
ISBN-10: 0439401399
ISBN-13: 9780439401395
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Cool as Ice

Matt Christopher (2001), 160 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Chris is an incredible ice skater: he's been taking figure skating lessons all his life. But figure skating isn't fun anymore, and Chris knows he's not good enough to become an Olympic athlete. When he notices hockey tryouts at the rink where he skates, he decides he'll give hockey a shot. It seems like everything's against him: Chris is small for his age, his mother thinks hockey is dangerous, and he's never played before. Will he make the team, or just embarrass himself? Does he have what it takes to be a hockey player?
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 8/18/2009
ISBN-10: 0316135208
ISBN-13: 9780316135207
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Crossover

Kwame Alexander (2014), 240 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Multicultural, Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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This novel in verse is told by Josh Bell (AKA Filthy McNasty,) a basketball superstar who loves his family and his long dreads as much as he loves basketball. His twin brother JB is also on the team, which makes sense when you realize that their dad was a professional ball player in his day. But when the inseparable Josh and JB drift apart, Josh's feelings get hurt and he makes a choice that he regrets. This book reads sometimes like a novel and other times like a poem or rap.
Similar authors: K.A. Holt ; Amare Stoudmire
Similar books: Booked ; Rhyme Schemer ; Gone Crazy in Alabama ; Home Court ; Last Shot ; Million Dollar Shot
Reviewed by: lz
Date read: 7/28/2016
ISBN-10: 0544107713
ISBN-13: 9780544107717
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Defending Irene

Kristin Wolden Nitz (2004), 224 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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When Irene arrives at her first soccer practice in Italy, where her family is staying for the year, she is dismayed to discover she's the only girl on the team. Furthermore, some of the boys make it all too obvious that she is not welcome. Accustomed to being one of the stars, she is now relegated to the sidelines. Even her Italian grandmother tries to dissuade her from playing, telling her she cannot be respected as a woman if she plays such a masculine sport. Is it worth it to pursue the sport she loves in the face of all the obstacles? Soccer fans will appreciate this title for the strong focus on the sport, and those who have been outsiders will recognize the struggles Irene faces. Additionally, those who are interested in foreign languages or have studied them will find this story valuable for the introduction to the usage of the Italian language in the context of the culture.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 1/7/2010
ISBN-10: 1561453099
ISBN-13: 9781561453092
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Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women who Won the World Championship

Doreen Rappaport (2000), 32 pages
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Historical, Picture Books, Sports
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This play-by-play account of the final moments of the championship game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1946 captures the excitement of this moment in baseball history. The content of the game is recreated from historical sources and told through the eyes of a young fan of the league, with many color illustrations as well as photographs of the players. Sit on the edge of your seat with Margaret and her family as the game proves that, 'You have to be tough to play baseball in a skirt.'
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 9/3/2009
ISBN-10: 0803720424
ISBN-13: 9780803720428
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