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How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy
There aren't very many books for middle graders or teens that feature bowling, and even fewer that feature African-American kids who like to bowl. So...more
Jan 2011
Jan 18, 2011
When Jackie and Hank Met
Very nice picture book comparing the lives and careers of baseball players Jackie Robinson and Hank Greenberg. Shows their similar backgrounds, moving...more
Oct 2013
Oct 24, 2013
Just in time for the Breeder's Cup, I read this novel set in the horse racing world. Seventeen-year-old Gaston "Gas" Giambanco has learned to hate Mex...more
Nov 2010
Oct 31, 2010
Queen of the Track:  Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion
A beautifully illustrated book about Alice Coachman, the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal (in high jump). Floyd Cooper's past...more
Jan 2013
Sep 28, 2013
The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game (The Sports Beat, 5)
A solid entry in the series, although I was a little disappointed at the ho-hum nature of the mystery itself. Our heroes, Steve and Susan Carol, didn'...more
Mar 2011
Feb 15, 2011
 Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy
Fascinating story of William Hoy, who played professional baseball for 14 years--in the 1880's-- and who was only the third deaf player in the major l...more
Jan 2013
Oct 02, 2013
All the Broken Pieces
A very moving book about a Vietnamese boy, adopted in America after escaping his home country during the Vietnam War, and how he copes with his feelin...more
Jun 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper
Very nicely written picture book biography of the African American athletic champion, for younger readers. Text is free verse. Includes author's note...more
Jan 2013
Sep 28, 2013
21: The Story of Roberto Clemente
I wanted to like this more, but the art was very confusing. And I am a pretty literate graphic novel reader! But when you can't tell characters in the...more
Sep 2011
Dec 28, 2011
Winger (Winger, #1)
Funny, poignant story of 14 year old Ryan Dean West's junior year at an exclusive boarding school. He is two years younger than all of his classmates,...more
Jul 2013
Jul 23, 2013
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery (The Sports Beat, #1)
Sports writer/commentator John Feinstein writes his first mystery for teens, and it's very enjoyable. It's set in New Orleans at the Superdome (long b...more
Jan 2006
Oct 26, 2007
Samurai Shortstop
In 1890 Japan, Toyo attends an elite boys' boarding school, where he learns how to play the new sport of baseball that was brought over by Europeans....more
Jan 2007
Mar 03, 2008
Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson
beautiful picture book biography of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion. Catchy rhyming text and striking illustrations, and an...more
Oct 2011
Oct 05, 2011
Change-up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat, #4)
I love this mystery series, and this was another good entry. Our teen reporters Stevie and Susan Carol cover the World Series between the Washington N...more
Feb 2010
Jan 18, 2010
Front and Center (Dairy Queen, #3)
Another good entry in the continuing story of DJ, the girl who plays football and basketball and lives on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. This book doesn't...more
Jun 02, 2011
Oct 20, 2009
The Black Stallion (The Black Stallion, #1)
My all-time favorite book series, has been since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Couldn't pick a year that I read it because I would re-read it ever...more
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Jan 16, 2013
Becoming Babe Ruth
Nice look at the childhood of Babe Ruth and how he inspired kids, and gave back to the orphanage where he grew up.
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Hammerin' Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer
Biography of the recordsetting Jewish baseball player.
Dec 2011
Dec 31, 2011
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story
Dec 2011
Dec 31, 2011
Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics (The Sports Beat, #6)
Jul 2013
Dec 31, 2013
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