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Play Ball! - Sports Novels
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Norwalk Public Library
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Norwalk, CT 06850
South Norwalk Branch
10 Washington St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
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Play Ball! - Sports Novels
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Molly throws a wicked knuckleball, which earns her a spot on the eighth-grade baseball team. This helps her feel connected to her baseball-loving dad, who died six months ago in a car crash.
High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his
new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach, who is leading prayers before games and enforcing team-wide participation.
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.
Kicked off the football team for challenging his coach's racism, high school senior Louie Banks quietly retaliates by developing as a runner and defying the coach with his will to excel.
Because of intense pressure from his father, football is the only thing that has ever mattered to Mick Johnson. He works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the damage to his health and social life.
Tom Gray, a Mohawk Indian and star soccer player, moves to a new high school and refuses to play for the Warriors with their insulting mascot.
While covering baseball's World Series, teenage sports reporters Steve Thomas and Susan Anderson investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story.
This time, teen journalists Susan and Steve find themselves involved in mysterious events while covering the swimming trials leading to the London Olympics.
Passionate about basketball, troubled teenager Jackson O'Connell chronicles the ways the game colors the events of his senior year in high school.
It's 1890. Sent to a prestigious Japanese boarding school for a Western education, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.
Amanda and her best friend Lena start high school looking forward to playing on the varsity soccer team, but when Lena makes varsity and Amanda only makes junior varsity, their long friendship rapidly changes.
Matt, Sean & Coop have one goal for the summer: see a real, live naked girl. This crazy scheme starts to look easy compared to the nightmare Matt is facing. In an effort to impress the new girl on their swim team, he volunteered to swim the fly, "the hardest stroke known to God or man."
Robby's got issues: parents who compare him to his "perfect" brother; what to do when his best friend is thrown off their soccer team for drinking; a difficult, if not sadistic, coach; and an eccentric, unpredictable girl friend. How's he gonna get the team to the State championships?
Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy to a powerful athlete. Now he's got new friends and maybe even a girlfriend, but can he confront his family's past and current problems?
Continues the story of high school football player Felton Reinstein, how he relates to his friends Gus and Aleah and what he does when his little brother Andrew runs away on his way to orchestra camp.
When she was seven, Anna watched her mother walk into the surf and drown. Nine years later, when she moves with her father to the beach where her parents fell in love, she joins the cross-country team, makes new friends, and faces her guilt.
Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She's on her way to becoming valedictorian, she's made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother's scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.
Determined to make the varsity basketball team, seventeen-year-old Ray finds his efforts to play both hindered and helped by the atmosphere of racism in his town.
Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow
his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.
Matt Rydeck, co-captain of his high school football team, endures a traumatic season as he witnesses the rape of a rookie player by teammates and grapples with his own use of performance-enhancing drugs.
After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.
In this sequel to
, thirteen-year-old Danny must prove himself all over again for a disapproving coach and against new rivals at a summer basketball camp.
When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself.
Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.
Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.
When a shy high school student's body washes up on the shore of a quiet New England beach town, Terry Novak doesn't know what to think. Something doesn't add up, so he decides to do some investigating of his own with the help of his best friend, Abby.
A spellbinding tale that begins in a mythic corner of the South American rain forest, where a ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach a gangly boy the most thrilling secrets of the game of soccer.
Sticky lives to play basketball and is headed for the pros, but he's unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream.
This should be the best year of Scott's life: It's his last season of varsity ball, his team is about to go to the city championship, and a pro career is on the line. Instead, everything he always counted on comes crashing down at the same time.
Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.
While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.'s father and the police what really happened.
Captain of the track team, Michael is ready for the most important season of his life--until the police find four joints in his school locker, and he is faced with a choice that could change everything.
Seventeen-year-old Herbie is a great athlete who excels at both cross-country and football. During a run through the town cemetery, he becomes aware of a ghostly presence - Eamon Connolly, a distant relative, who died in 1888.
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky is the second fattest student at his high school, but to get the attention of a cute new girl, he decides to join the varsity football team.
High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things go terribly wrong.
A high school football star is afraid to let anyone know he's depressed and suicidal.
Eighteen-year-old Corey sees a threat to his dream of winning the basketball championship when he discovers that the new player on his team is a girl-stealing, friend-framing, team-destroying force of evil.
Passionate about basketball, troubled teen Jackson O'Connell chronicles the ways the game colors the events of his senior year in high school.
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