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Frog Face and the Three Boys

Don Trembath (2001), 157 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Three boys end up in the principal's office. Sidney can't stop himself from picking fights, Charlie likes to dodge situations by telling outrageous stories, and Jeffrey is painfully shy. Each is making trouble, none shows any signs of changing, and Mr. Duncan can't take it anymore. He has a brilliant idea: enroll them in karate class! Will these three misfits survive the challenge? This book is the first in the Black Belt series.
Book Series: Black Belt series
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 10/22/2009
ISBN-10: 1551431653
ISBN-13: 9781551431659
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Front and Center

Catherine Murdock (2009), 272 pages
Audience: 8th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Fiction, Sports
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DJ is a star basketball player starting her junior year at Red Bend high school. She was on the football team as well as the basketball team in junior high. In every group picture that is taken, she is in the back row, where she wants to be, because she is so tall. Front and Center is the third book in the Dairy Queen trilogy. Win, DJ's older brother, feels DJ has the ability to play Division I basketball (which she denies) and encourages (demands) her to apply to Big Ten schools. DJ rejects being a leader with her high school team and gets sick to her stomach when she thinks college scouts are watching her. There is also a love story within the basketball story. Two classmates, Brian and Beamer, are vying for her attention. Read this adorable story with its great and hilarious characters and easy to follow story line. Does Beamer or Brian win out? Does she choose to verbally accept a scholarship from a Big Ten school or a small school near home?
Book Series: Dairy Queen Trilogy
Similar books: The Off Season by Catherine Murdock Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
Reviewed by: cj
Date read: 8/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0618959823
ISBN-13: 9780618959822
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Game Day

Cari Meister (2001), 23 pages
Illustrated by Mark A. Hicks
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Fiction, Sports
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It's game day! This beginning reader follows the story of a baseball game through minimal text and expressive illustrations. With just a few basic words per page, this book is perfect for baseball fans just starting to learn to read independently. (Reading Level: 1.0)
Book Series: Rookie Reader
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/23/2010
ISBN-10: 0516222627
ISBN-13: 9780516222622
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Ghost

Jason Reynolds (2016), 181 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Fiction, Sports
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Castle Crenshaw, aka Ghost, is an eighth grader who spends a lot of time running, mostly from his own past. When he stumbles onto the track team and finds that he actually likes running competitively, Ghost discovers that it's harder to toe the line than he thought. Ghost needs gear he doesn't have, and being on the team means his behavior and grades need to improve. With a single mom, a tight budget, and a past he's trying to forget none of it is easy, but Ghost might be stronger than he thought.
Similar authors: Mike Lupica ; Tim Green
Similar books: Fast Break
Reviewed by: Kristen
Date read: 1/9/2017
ISBN-13: 9781481450157
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Girl Who Threw Butterflies

Mick Cochrane (2009), 177 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Fiction, Sports
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Molly Williams is thrilled to have made the baseball team since her father has recently died. Her killer knuckleball earns her the role as pitcher but it isn't easy being the only girl on the team. One of her teammates 'accidentally' throws a ball at her shin and one day she arrives at her locker to see it covered with a hurtful graffiti message. Molly feels like just going back to the girls' softball team. What would you do if you were Molly?
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: Jill
Date read: 3/31/2011
ISBN-10: 0375956824
ISBN-13: 9780375956829
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