What are the best sports books for young adults?

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    #1Tanker 10

    Tanker 10

    Tanker 10 is a fictional novel written by Jonathan Curelop. Originally published in 2013 by Book Case Engine under ISBN 1628480327, it follows the story of Jimmy, an overweight 10-year-old and often-bullied kid who loves baseball.

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    Jane Howard
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Tanker 10 is an honest and compelling book telling the tale of a 10-year-old overweight child, who falls in love with baseball. He makes it his lifelong journey to overcome his self-doubt to become a baseball star. I like that this book is semi-based on a real life story. This book has something for everyone - sports fans and non-sports fans."
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    #2Gold Medal Threat

    Gold Medal Threat
    Gold Medal Threat is a fictional novel for young adults written by Michael Balkind. Originally published in 2012 under ISBN 1939337445, it was a finalist in the YA Fiction category of the International Book Awards.
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    Benjamin Morgan
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Gold Medal Threat is a great read. I enjoyed reading every word. It is a great page turner and so fully of action. "
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    #3Hugo Read This!

    Hugo Read This!

    Hugo Read This! is a sports fictional novel written by Brandon Swarror. Originally published in 2009 under ISBN 1440142726, it follows the story of Hugo Brody, a natural athlete being groomed as a football star by his father.

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    Donna Turner
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book has so many lessons and levels of reading pleasure. Although it is fiction, the main character rises to incredible heights of fame and fortune, based on his natural athletic talent, he gets caught up in the wild life that fame and fortune can bring, but then negative events start occurring that cause him to rethink and reevaluate his choices. It is a book for young adults, but older adults can enjoy and benefit from the life lessons that this book teaches."
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    #4Hard Wired

    Hard Wired
    Hard Wired: A Crash Course in Small College Football is a new adult non-fiction biography book written by Jebb A. Rebal. It is published in 2012 by BBD Press Inc. 
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    Donna Collins
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "If you are into football then Hard Wired is one of the best sportsbook for young adults there is. It's an interesting look at the real world of college football. It takes you inside like no other book I have read. "
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    #5The Mentor

    The Mentor

    The Mentor is a sports fictional novel written by Ryan M. Shelton. Originally published in 2013 by Martin Sisters Publishing under ISBN 1937273997, it follows the story of Vincent Preston, a gifted baseball athlete.

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    Jennifer Jenkins
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I am not much of a sports book reader, but this book hooked me in! It's an amazing read. It also has a Christianity aspect which I believe a lot of religious individuals would enjoy."
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    #6In The Swish

    In The Swish

    In the Swish is a sports fictional novel for young adults written by Dawn Green. Originally published in 2016 by Red Deer Press under ISBN 0889955395, it follows the story of Bennett Ryan, a gifted basketball athlete.

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    Rafael Leal
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I like basketball. However, I thought this book was boring. I did not like the characters or the story line. It was not what I expected it to be."
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    #7The Pitcher

    The Pitcher
    The Pitcher is a sports fictional novel written by William Elliott Hazelgrove. Originally published in 2013 by Koehler Books, The Pitcher is a classic baseball story about a boy's dream to make his high school baseball team.
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    Austin Alvarez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "William Hazelgrove's escape into dreams of becoming a pitcher flow effortlessly from page to page. A young Mexican-American boy dreams big. He wants to pitch for his high school team. Not in the Big Leagues. Just in high school. His mother, who knows nothing about pitching and everything about fostering her son's dream, checks books out of the library to learn how to pitch. Squatting in the middle of their suburban street, she works with him to throw and catch. Blessed with speed and cursed with no control. the dream seems hopeless. Until, that is, the boy approaches his neighbor who lives in a garage across the street. This drunken, chain-smoking hermit is the least likely hero you'll ever meet. A former Big League pitcher who actually pitched in the World Series and won a game, this drunk is rude, crude and nearly agoraphobic. Still, the boy doesn't let up. The pitcher agrees to coach him. And therein lies a tale for young and old, young at heart, youths with their dreams in tact, parents who remember what it was like to chase a dream."
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    #8Basketball Obsession

    Basketball Obsession
    Basketball Obsession is a sports fictional novel written by Ken Horlor. Originally published in 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, it focuses on Pete, a dedicated basketball player for his high school team.
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    #9Ball Don't Lie

    Ball Don't Lie
    Ball Don't Lie is a sports fictional novel written by Matt de la Peña. Originally published in 2005 under ISBN 0385734255, it focuses on Sticky, a foster kid who turned to basketball to improve his life.
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    #10Podium Finish

    Podium Finish
    Podium Finish is a young adult contemporary romance fiction novel written by Beth Pond. This sports romance book is first published in 2013 by Astraea Press. 
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    James Ward
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Do you have a teenager in need of one of the best sports books for young adults? Well "Podium Finish" by Beth Pond is the one they will love for sure. It's about two teenage Olympic hopefuls, a singles skater and a junior hockey player, who band together as young women and help each other through romance struggles and fierce competition. "
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    #11Out of Synch

    Out of Synch
    Out of Synch is a book that features sports and games written by Warren Firschein and was published in 2015 by Chapter Two Press. It follows the story of a 13-year-old Katie Philips as she reaches her dreams.
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    #12Riptide

    Riptide

    Riptide is a fiction novel written by Lindsey Scheibe. It was published May 8, 2013 by Flux. It narrates the story of a young woman that is all about riding the moment and going with the flow named Grace Parker.

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    Justin May
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A fun beach book. It tells the story of a woman who becomes one with her surfboard. Her escape is to get out there in the great wide ocean and ride the waves. Very descriptive story and one if you let yourself you will get lost in. "
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    #13Dairy Queen

    Dairy Queen

    Dairy Queen is a young adult football romance novel by Catherin Gilbert Murdock. It tells the story of D.J. Schwenk, who tries to balance her chores at her family's farm, her social life, and her duties at the football team.

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    Diana Parker
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Great book for young adults who are into football as well. The main character is a responsible young girl balancing life. Young adults will be able to connect to the struggles she goes through."
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    #14The Toilet Paper Tigers

    The Toilet Paper Tigers
    The Toilet Paper Tigers is written by Gordon Korman which centers on Feather Soft Tigers player Corey Johnson who feels humiliated of being part of the Little League with their team uniforms having images of toilet papers. 
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    Cynthia Pearson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Great book for children and preteens alike who love reading and who also love sports"
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    #15Undergrounders

    Undergrounders

    Undergrounders is a young adult sports fiction written by David Skuy tells the story of the homeless boy named Jonathan after his mother died and meets Lewis who helps him improve his hockey skills. 

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    #16I'm Not Really Here: A Life of Two Halves

    I'm Not Really Here: A Life of Two Halves
    I'm Not Really Here: A Life of Two Halves is a book written by Paul Lake. I'm Not Really Here: A Life of Two Halves was published on August 25, 2011 by Random House UK.
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    Anna Wood
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Soccer fans take note! I'm Not Really Here is a biographical books from Paul Lake detailing his experiences on the cusp of fame before an injury took him out of the game. He talks about his time among soccer greats with beautiful nostalgia. I additionally liked all of the personal information about his family and the tragedies he worked so hard to overcome. Reading this book feels intimate in a special way."
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    #17Back From the Brink: The Autobiography

    Back From the Brink: The Autobiography

    Back From the Brink: The Autobiography is a book written by Paul Mcgrath. Back From the Brink: The Autobiography was published on October 24, 2006 by Century. Back From the Brink: The Autobiography's paperback edition has 464 pages.

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    #18The Million Dollar Shot

    The Million Dollar Shot

    The Million Dollar Shot is the first book in the Million Dollar series written by Dan Gutman. This was originally published in 1900. This book about sports and basketball is ideal for middle-grade and young adult readers.

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    Keith Fernandez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Million Dollar Shot is one of the best sports books you can buy for a young adult, specifically one interested in basketball. I gave it to my nephew as a gift and he thought it was great!"
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    #19The Gringo Champion

    The Gringo Champion

    The Gringo Champion is fictional sports novel written by Aura Xilonen  and translated by Andrea Rosenberg. The Gringo Champion was published on January 17, 2017 by Europa Editions.

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    Larry Lucas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Gringo champion isn't really up my alley, I thought it was pretty bland, and didn't really do much for me. It wasn't terrible or obtuse, it just really didn't strike any chords with me, so I can't really say it's a never-read, but I'd say there are probably better books out there/"
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    #20Rough Ride

    Rough Ride

    Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel With a Pro Cyclist is a non-fiction book about cycling written by Paul Kimmage. Originally published in 1990, it describes the author's experience in competing in the Tour de France.

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    Louis Guzman
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Tour de France is one of the most interesting sports events I have watched, I myself as a road biker is interested in joining Tour de France but maybe in my dreams only. A pro cyclists take on the said event is absolutely worth reading if you are one to be interested into joining Tour De France, but if you are not even closely interested in it, this is not one for you to pick up."
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    #21The Legend of Mickey Tussler

    The Legend of Mickey Tussler

    The Legend of Mickey Tussler is a sports historical fiction written by Frank Nappi. Published in 2008, it focuses on the story of Mickey Tussler. The Legend of Mickey Tussler is the first book in the Mickey Tussler book series.

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    Josefina Bravo
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is the start of a great series that is important to the history of baseball. Mickey Tussler is an engaging hero, and I found myself wanting to know more about him and sympathizing with his story. I'll definitely be picking up the next book."
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    #22Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson

    Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson
    Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson is a non-fiction book about cycling written by William Fotheringham. Originally published in 2003, it focuses on the story of Tom Simpson, a former world champion, and Olympic medallist.
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    #23The Science of Running

    The Science of Running

    The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance is a nonfiction sports and fitness book written by Steve Magness. This was originally published in 2014.

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    Ann Jordan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Sometimes the book comes across as too complicated, however, it covers a lot of territory. While I feel it is mostly for trainers, it does have a huge amount of useful information for runners and anyone seeking running knowledge."
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    #24Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel

    Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel
    Sophomore Campaign is a sports historical fiction written by Frank Nappi. Published in 2012 by Sky Pony Press, it focuses on the story of Mickey Tussler. Sophomore Campaign is the second book included in the Mickey Tussler book series.
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    Henry Reynolds
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I feel like mickey should not have such a hard time."
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    #25The Rider

    The Rider

    The Rider is a literary sports classic written by Tim Krabbe and translated by Sam Garrett. Originally published in 1978 in the Netherlands, it focuses on the art of bicycle road racing. 

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    Martha Murray
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I think this book seems like a good option for people who are interested in cycling or other sports. It seems to be entertaining and well-written. My only concern would be that it may be for older adults rather than young adults."
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    #26Lore of Running

    Lore of Running

    Lore of Running is a nonfiction book about sports and fitness written by Tim Noakes. This book provides knowledge on how to become an effective runner. This was originally published in 1987.

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    Brian Larson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "It's a great book as a reference - or as a read. The other posts have said it all regarding content, of this superb book, so simply: if you are new to running and are interested in a thorough read on running this is the book for sure. If you are experienced this may also be a welcome review, but it may get into unfamiliar and interesting areas if you are keen to understand more of the physiology and cell biology (assuming some advanced runners may lack this knowledge). The training schedules are always fun to flip through as they allow us to add variation, based on sound logic, into our running programs. It's a well composed readable book at a bargain price with a fantastic reputation."

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Best What are the best sports books for young adults
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Tanker 10Books 49 Paid
2Gold Medal ThreatBooks 45 Paid
3Hugo Read This!Books 43 Paid
4Hard WiredBooks 40 Paid
5The MentorBooks 39 Paid
6In The SwishBooks 36 Paid
7The PitcherBooks 35 Paid
8Basketball ObsessionBooks 33 Paid
9Ball Don't LieBooks 31 Paid
10Podium FinishBooks 29 Paid
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