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True Legend

True Legend

By: Mike Lupica
Publisher: Philomel
Level: 10-11

There’s a reason teammates call him “True.” Because for basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court. It’s the kind that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks–and with problems. Before long, True buys in to his own hype, much to the chagrin of his mother, who wants to keep her boy’s head grounded–and suddenly trouble has a way of finding him. That is, until a washed-up former playground legend steps back onto the court and takes True under …

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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

By: Bill Gutman
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Level: 10-11

Describes Jordan's early years and high school basketball career, his college days at North Carolina, his years playing for the Chicago Bulls, and his entry into the world of major league baseball

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The Big Field

The Big Field

By: Mike Lupica
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Level: 12-13

For Hutch, shortstop has always been home. It’s where his father once played professionally, before injuries relegated him to watching games on TV instead of playing them. And it’s where Hutch himself has always played and starred. Until now. The arrival of Darryl “D-Will” Williams, the top shortstop prospect from Florida since A-Rod, means Hutch is displaced, in more ways than one. Second base feels like second fiddle, and when he sees his father giving fielding tips to D-Will-the same father who can’t be bothered to show up to watch …

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Plum Fantastic

Plum Fantastic

By: Whoopi Goldberg
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Level: 8-9

Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson does not want to be a beautiful ballerina, and she does not want to leave her friends in Apple Creek. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop her ballet-crazy mother from moving them to Harlem, or from enrolling Al at the Nutcracker School of Ballet.

Life is hard when you’re the new ballerina on the block, and it’s even harder when you’re chosen to be the Sugar Plum Fairy in the school recital! Not only is Al a terrible dancer, but she’s also got a rotten case of …

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The Lucky Baseball Bat

The Lucky Baseball Bat

By: Matt Christopher
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Level: 8-9

Marty loses his lucky baseball bat, and his confidence along with it, and wonders if he will recover both in time to help the Tigers win the championship.

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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

By: Kadir Nelson
Publisher: Disney Press
Level: 10-11

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more …

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Heat

Heat

By: Mike Lupica
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 12-13

Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated in the foster-care system—or worse, sent back to Cuba. Together, the boys carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. But then someone wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw …

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Great Moments in Baseball History

Great Moments in Baseball History

By: Matt Christopher
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Level: 12-13

Best known for his sports related young adult novels, Matt Christopher tackles nonfiction in this well-written book that describes nine memorable moments from baseball’s past. Christopher brings us into the careers of nine spectacular baseball players including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Reggie Jackson, and Jim Abbott. Young lovers of sports will enjoy this informative, entertaining book.

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Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

By: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Level: 14+

There’s one last chance to save the world in MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the closing chapter of James Patterson’s thrilling trilogy. The time has arrived for Max and her winged “flock” to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of “Re-evolution”–a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race…and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them–but can they save …

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Two-Minute Drill: Mike Lupica’s Comeback Kids

Two-Minute Drill: Mike Lupica’s Comeback Kids

By: Mike Lupica
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Level: 10-11

Chris Conlan is the coolest kid in sixth grade—the golden-armed quarterback of the football team, and the boy all the others look up to. Scott Parry is the new kid, the boy with the huge brain, but with feet that trip over themselves daily. These two boys may seem like an odd couple, but each has a secret that draws them together as friends, and proves that the will to succeed is even more important than raw talent.

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