If You Like Stories About Sports

“If You Like…” is a weekly feature highlighting blogger recommendations for books, authors, TV shows, movies, and more based on the things you already know and love. This week includes suggestions for stories featuring sports.

If you like stories about sports, you might like….


Recommended by Tahleen @ Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files:

  • The Dairy Queen Series by Catherine Gilbert Murdock: Especially on audio. They are fantastic, all narrated by D.J. Schwenk, who lives on a farm and ends up playing football in book number one, followed by basketball (with some setbacks and obstacles along the way of course). The first is Dairy Queen, the second is The Off-Season, and the third is Front and Center.

Recommended by Shanyn @ Chick Loves Lit:

  • Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: Excellent debut contemporary about a female football quarterback.

Recommended by Jessica @ I Read to Relax:

  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock: DJ wants to play football like her older brothers, and helps to coach a rival player to show her worth.
  • Deadline by Chris Crutcher: When Ben finds out he only has a year to live, he joins the football team and becomes an unstoppable phenomenon.
  • Heat by Mike Lupica: Accused of being too old for his little league team, illegal alien Michael is suddenly expected to produce his birth certificate.  A problem since he has no paperwork, his father has just died, and no one knows he is only living with his older brother…
  • Forget You by Jennifer Echols: When Zoey wakes up from a car crash with no memory of the day before, her whole life unravels and not even swimming can bring things right again.
  • Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs: Phoebe plans to run well enough to get a scholarship to the school of her choice, but her plans are foiled when her mom marries a new guy and moves them off to a teeny, unknown island in Greece!

Recommended by Kari @ A Good Addiction:

  • Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen: Football and gymnastics go head to head in this one. And seriously. This book is just amazing. So read it. Not just for the jocks.
  • Head Games and Stealing Bases by Keri Mikulski: Sporty girl books! The first is basketball, the second baseball. Add on some hot boys and romance, and its just an awesome mix!
  • Shut Out by Kody Keplinger: A sex strike to end a sports rivalry? Yep. Win.
  • Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler: Okay so technically, she’s hurt. And he no longer plays hockey. But they are still into sports. So it counts. And its hot. And awesome.
  • Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach: Football! In a podunk town.
  • Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: A chick quarterback? Oh yeah. And plenty of hottie football boys to go with it. Yep.

Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

  • Miracle on 49th Street By Mike Lupica: Molly ‘s mom just died – but before she did, she told Molly the name of her father. It’s NBA superstar Josh Cameron from the Boston Celtics. Can she break through his defenses and turn him into the father she’s always wanted?
  • Bunheads by Sophie Flack: Hannah juggles rehearsals, performances, strength training all to be the best ballerina. But she doesn’t have time for a life.
  • Pick Up Game edited by Marc Aronson: One day in the cage in New York City where all the players come to play, show off their skills, and show their heart.
  • Ex-Games by Jennifer Echols: Hayden and Nick used to date – but that changed. Now they’re just friends. Hayden can’t believe that Nick thinks she wouldn’t win a snowboarding competition against a guy. So she challenges him. Suddenly the games are on and there’s more than pride at stake.
  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock: DJ forms a bond with the rival high school team’s quarterback when he comes to help out at the family farm. She finds herself sharing stories and even football tips with him – despite what her friends would say.
  • Take the Reins by Jessica Burkhart: Sasha starts a new school with one of the best riding programs available.
  • Playing with the Boys by Liz Tigelaar: When Lucy fails to make the soccer team at her new school, the coach suggests she try out of the football team as they are in need of a kicker.
  • Let Me Play by Karen Blumenthal: An excellent look at women and sports and Title IX.

Movies/TV Shows

Recommended by Tahleen @ Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files:

Recommended by Shanyn @ Chick Loves Lit:

  • Friday Night Lights: Perhaps the best show ever filmed (but important to note it’s about the people in a town of football, not just about football)

Recommended by Jessica @ I Read to Relax:

  • Stick It: Competitive gymnastics meets its match.
  • Whip It: A girl that doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere finds herself a hit when she joins the Roller Derby.
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played: An unknown, poor boy makes a splash when he competes in a golf tournament.
  • Wildfire: A wild girl rescues a horse and starts a new life working on a horse farm, learning about the world of competitive horse racing.
  • The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice: A figure skater teams up with a hockey player to compete in the Olympics.
  • She’s the Man: Based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Olivia joins a new school, dressed as her brother, so that she can join the boys’ soccer team there, after her girls’ team was cut at her old school.

Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

  • She’s the Man: When the girl’s soccer team gets cut, Viola assumes her brother’s identity and plays for his private school team.
  • Center Stage: Twelve teens join the American Ballet Company and attempt to earn their place.
  • Blind Side: One woman takes a homeless boy into her home, a boy who becomes an All-American football player.
  • Invincible: Vince Papale – a local guy tries out for the open auditions for the Philadelphia Eagles and makes the cut.
  • Cutting Edge: Kate needs a partner and Doug needs direction in his life.Together, they form a figure skating pair full of banter, friendship, and playfulness.
  • Ice Princess: Casey’s dreamed of becoming a figure skater. She combines her smarts to help her achieve her dreams, but can she skate her way into the winner’s circle?
  • Make it or Break It: Four girls dream of Olympic gold and they’ll do just about anything to get there.
Do you like stories about sports? If so, please share your own recommendations in the comments!

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4 Responses to "If You Like Stories About Sports"

  • A few others there weren’t mentioned:
    Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt: Biking
    Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty: Running
    Moonglass by Jessi Kirby: Running, surfing, diving
    Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto by Eric Luper: Golfing
    Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe: Soccer
    The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas: Hockey and cheerleading

    1 Melanie said this (December 5, 2011 at 8:13 AM)

  • I second Dairy Queen and Catching Jordan, great books!!

    2 Michelle said this (December 6, 2011 at 4:12 AM)

  • Great list! I was just working on a new list of sports fiction for teens for the Monroe County library system in New York, and this was very helpful. Affirmed some selections, and gave me a few new titles!

    3 Claire Talbot said this (December 6, 2011 at 2:49 PM)

    • That’s wonderful to hear!

      4 Melanie said this (December 6, 2011 at 3:16 PM)