Sports Fiction for Girls (Teen)

Carter, Caela.  Tumbling.  Y FIC Carter
After sacrificing their childhoods, Grace, Leigh, Camille, Wilhelmina, and Monica are competing in the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, after which their lives will change forever.

Choat, Beth.  Soccerland.  Y FIC Choat
Two years after her mother’s death of cancer, fourteen-year-old Flora leaves the family’s Maine farm for Colorado’s International Sports Academy, where fierce competition could end their dream of Flora playing for U.S. Soccer.

Cochrane, Mick.  The Girl Who Threw Butterflies.  Y FIC Cochrane
Eighth-grader Molly’s ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well.

Dominy, Amy Fellner.  A Matter of Heart.  Y FIC Dominy
Sixteen-year-old Abby Lipman is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials when a fainting incident at a swim meet leads to the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition and forces her to discover who she is without the one thing that has defined her entire life.

Freitas, Donna.  Gold Medal Summer.  Y FIC Freitas
After fourteen-year-old Joey experiences her first kiss and learns that her best friend wants to quit competitive gymnastics, she considers giving up her dream of winning gold medals in order to have a normal life, even as her sister and assistant coach urge her to reach a new level.

Gibney, Shannon.  See No Color.  Y FIC Gibney
Alex has always identified herself as a baseball player, the daughter of a winning coach, but when she realizes that is not enough she begins to come to terms with her adoption and her race.

Halpin, Brendan.  Shutout.  Y FIC Halpin
Fourteen-year-old Amanda and her best friend Lena start high school looking forward to playing on the varsity soccer team, but when Lena makes varsity and Amanda only makes junior varsity, their long friendship rapidly changes.

Hewett, Lorri.  Dancer.  Y FIC Hewett
Sixteen-year-old Stephanie struggles to perfect her ballet dancing as her classes are complicated by the introduction of a new male dancer.

Jackson, Alison.  Blowing Bubbles With the Enemy.  J FIC Jackson
When Bobby Lorimer, a sixth grade girl, decides to try out for the boys’ basketball team, she causes some tension between the girls and boys at Jefferson Middle School and especially between herself and the boy she likes.

Johnson, Shawn.  The Flip Side.  Y FIC Johnson
An elite teenaged gymnast with Olympic dreams finds it hard to train when a irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw her whole world off balance.

Klass, David.  A Different Season.   Y FIC Klass
High school baseball star Jim Roark is delighted to meet Jennifer Douglas, the second basewoman on the girls’ softball team, until she becomes the first female player on his all-male team.

Luurtsema, Nat.  Goldfish.  Y FIC Luurtsema
A young swimmer is marginalized and bereft after her Olympics ambitions are dashed, compelling her to work as a coach for three popular boys with whom she forges a unique bond that is shaped by their different social statuses at school.

Mancusi, Mari.  Golden Girl.  Y FIC Mancusi
After a disastrous fall stalls Lexi’s plans for the Olympics, she attempts a comeback, arriving at Mountain Academy only to find everyone against her, except Logan who sets out to show her a different side of snowboarding.

Spinelli, Jerry.  There’s A Girl In My Hammerlock.  YPB S
Thirteen-year-old Maisie joins her school’s formerly all-male wrestling team and tries to last through the season, despite opposition from other students, her best friend, and her own teammates.

Voigt, Cynthia.  Tell Me If the Lovers Are Losers. Y FIC Voight
In 1961 at a college for academically gifted women, three roommates who differ substantially from each other are brought together by a common interest in volleyball.

Wolff, Virginia Euwer.  Bat 6.  YPB W
In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one 6th grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl’s bigotry comes to the surface.

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