What are the best sports novels for young adults?

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    #1Dairy 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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    Paul Coleman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I am a sucker for stories about growing up around football. I found Dairy Queen to be one of the best I have ever read. It was absolutely charming. Watching D.J place the future of her family on her shoulders as she learns more about herself was captivating. Anyone can relate to D.J's struggle to find balance between her desires and obligations. "
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    #2Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks)

    Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks)

    Catching Jordan is a young adult romance novel by Miranda Kenneally that tells the story of football quarterback Jordan Woods and the new transferee Ty Green, who's also a quarterback and eager to prove he's better at it than she is.


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    Crystal Moreno
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Catching Jordan is indeed a highly rated sports novel, but it adds romance to the mix. If that doesn't bother you, Catching Jordan will be a good option. If you're not wanting much romance, check out some other sports novels. "
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    #3All The Broken Pieces

    All The Broken Pieces
    Everything Matt Pin wants is to forget everything related to the Vietnam War. Now that he is finally living with an adoptive family in the United States, he has to choose between telling everyone what happened there and confront his past, or let it go to try to live a happy life once again.

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    Ronald Herrera
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I like this alot."
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    Heat is a young adult fiction novel written by Mike Lupica which centers on 12-year-old Cuban immigrant Michael Arroyo dreaming of playing on the Little League World Series.   


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    Lucy Liu
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a great baseball story. Definitely good for young adults."
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    Tangerine is a realistic fiction book written by Edward Bloor with an introduction by Danny De Vito. This sportsbook was originally published in 1977. It tells the story of Paul as he joins a soccer team.

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    Gerald Marshall
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Tangerine is a fictional piece about life in Florida, and various tragic events that befall the city. This is in addition, of course, to school troubles such as joining his soccer team which add complexity. If you've ever read Buffy The Vampire Slayer...it's like that in that weird things just randomly happen to the town (minus the vampires). Overall I thought it was interesting."
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    #6Gym Candy

    Gym Candy
    Gym Candy is a young adult novel by Carl Deuker. It tells the story of a high school football player, Mick Johnson, as he turns to supplemental drugs to improve his performance in the field.

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    James Warren
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Carl Deuker's Gym Candy is a great novel about a classic story of a young athlete and his dreams to make it big. Follow Mick Johnson, a talented running back, as he fights to make it and the struggle some deal with performance enhancing drugs. "
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    #7Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks)

    Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks)

    Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally is the third book in the Hundred Oaks series. It tells the story of Parker Shelton who has everything but who also wants to change her life into something new.


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    Theresa Hart
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a great story about perserverence and shows truly how sports help children develop character and integrity."
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    #8Play With Me (Grover Beach Team)

    Play With Me (Grover Beach Team)

    Play With Me is a romance novel by Anna Katmore. It tells the story of Lisa Matthews, who tries out for the soccer team in the hopes of getting her best friend to fall in love with her. It is the first book in the Grover Beach Team series.


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    Eric Munoz
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is cool as well."
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    #9Whale Talk

    Whale Talk

    Whale Talk is a dramatic, inspirational, and realistic young adult novel written by Chris Crutcher. It was originally released in December 2012. It became an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age.


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    Ashley Chapman
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Every teenager should read this book. It makes you laugh and cry. I thought it was going to be an ordinary book about sports and swimming but showed characters that showed perseverance, acceptance, tolerance, love, and sacrifice. "
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    #10Gold 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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    Juan Griffin
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I will consider."
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    #11Bliss, Remembered

    Bliss, Remembered
    Bliss, Remembered is a historical fiction book written by Frank Deford that features swimming as a sport. It was published on July 8, 2010 by The Overlook Press. Set in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, it follows the character of Sydney.

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    Ruth Cole
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This book is great for young adults especially those that like the sport of swimming. The book is centered around the Berlin Olympics so it has a bit of history as well. I found it a good read for a historical fiction and the characters were interesting."
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    #12Skateway to Freedom

    Skateway to Freedom

    Skateway to Freedom is a young adult/historical fiction written by Ann Alma. Originally published in 1993, Skateway to Freedom focuses on Josie Grun who escaped Communist East Germany in 1989.


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    Edward Ray
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Ann Alma is truly a master writer. But unfortunately, this doesn't cover sports all that well. This is escaping from communism, a kind of coming of age tale as well. A great book, but not one that fits this criteria."
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    #13The Ice Princess (Silver Blades)

    The Ice Princess (Silver Blades)

    The Ice Princess is a young adult fiction written by Melissa Lowell. Originally published in 1994 by Skylark, The Ice Princess focuses on the story of five talented skaters, including Nikki, Danielle, Tori, Jill, and Haley.


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    Bryan Hopkins
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A group of teen skaters work to achieve their olympic dream. The tale of their journey to greatness and success. Alot of fun for the YA skating enthusiast."
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    #14Ice Magic (Silver Blades)

    Ice Magic (Silver Blades)

    Ice Magic is a young adult fiction written by Melissa Lowell. Originally published in 1996 by Skylark, Ice Magic focuses on the story of Martina Nemo who dreams of becoming a famous skater.


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    Vicente Vásquez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I can't believe I'm just now discovering this book. I feel like I've been left out. I've been fascinated with ice skating since I was a little girl, so reading this fabulous book was like living out a fantasy. I wish I had read it when I was younger."
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    #15Undercover (Laura Geringer Books)

    Undercover (Laura Geringer Books)

    Undercover is a young adult realistic fiction written by Beth Kephart. Originally published in 2007, Undercover focuses on the story of Elisa who ghostwrites loves notes for the boys in her school.


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    Harry Lewis
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Undercover is about Elisa who writes love notes for the boys in her school without other people knowing. It is a bit weird of a story but overall, there are some great lessons in here. Unique book by Beth Kephart."
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    #16Gold Medal Winter

    Gold Medal Winter
    Gold Medal Winter is a young adult realistic fiction written by Donna Freitas. Originally published in 2014 by Scholastic, Gold Medal Winter focuses on the story of Esperanza Flores, a substitue on the US Olympic figure skating team.

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    Charles Dunn
    Written on May 12, 2018
    ""Gold Medal Winter" is a story that centers around ice skating. Esperanza Flores is an aspiring skater that is learning how much effort and determination it takes to perform well. She is torn in different directions by matters of the heart as well as life in general. This wasn't the most well-written book I've ever read. It is geared towards young adults so it can help them relate with Espi and her struggles."
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    #17Rebound Rival

    Rebound Rival

    Rebound Rival is the second book in The Will Stover Sports Series written by C.E. Butler and edited by Sandi Hildebrand. This book continues the life of Will in and out of the court. This was originally published in 2014.


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    Divya Patil
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "When I was a kid, I loved sports novels. Never mind that I wasn't much of an athlete; I just found them so exciting. This book is one that I'm sure the child I was would really enjoy."


Best What are the best sports novels for young adults
1Dairy QueenBooks 39 Paid
2Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks)Books 35 Paid
3All The Broken PiecesBooks 34 Paid
4HeatBooks 31 Paid
5TangerineBooks 31 Paid
6Gym CandyBooks 28 Paid
7Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks)Books 26 Paid
8Play With Me (Grover Beach Team)Books 25 Paid
9Whale TalkBooks 21 Paid
10Gold Medal ThreatBooks 6 Paid

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