Sports Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Aronson, Sarah.  Beyond Lucky.  J FIC Aronson
Twelve-year-old Ari Fish is sure that the rare trading card he found has changed his luck and that of his soccer team, but after the card is stolen he comes to know that we make our own luck, and that heroes can be fallible.

Berk, Josh.  Say it Ain’t So.  J FIC Berk
Lenny gets jealous when Mike makes the school baseball team, but together they and Other Mike stumble upon a stealing signals scandal that could go further up than anyone knows.

Bishop, Jenn.  The Distance to Home.  J FIC Bishop
Baseball player and superfan Quinnen must struggle to deal with her older sister’s death in a story that unfolds between two summers.

Butler, Dori.  Sliding into Home.  J FIC Butler
When thirteen-year-old Joelle, a star baseball player, moves to a new town where the only option for girls is softball, she starts an all-girl baseball league against the wishes of her school coaches and others in the town.

Cohen, Barbara.  Thank You, Jackie Robinson.  J PB C
A fatherless boy, who shares with an old man an enthusiasm for the Brooklyn Dodgers and first baseman, Jackie Robinson, takes a ball autographed by Jackie to his elderly friend’s death bed.

Coy, John.  Top of the Order.  J FIC Coy
Ten-year-old Jackson lives for baseball, but becomes distracted by the approach of middle school, his mother’s latest boyfriend, and the presence of a girl–his good friend’s sister–on his team.

Creech, Sharon.  Heartbeat.  J FIC Creech
Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.

Fitzmaurice, Kathryn.  A Diamond in the Desert.  J FIC Fitzmaurice
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, thirteen-year-old Tetsu and his family are sent to the Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona where a fellow prisoner starts a baseball team, but when Tetsu’s sister becomes ill and he feels responsible, he stops playing

Green, Tim.  Football Hero.  J FIC Green
When twelve-year-old Ty’s brother Thane is recruited out of college to play for the New York Jets, their Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring, landing Ty and Thane in trouble with the Mafia.

Green, Tim.  Pinch Hit.  J FIC Green
When movie star Trevor and regular Little League player Sam discover that they are identical twins who were separated at birth, they decide to trade places for a while so that Sam can live the Hollywood life and Trevor can play baseball.

Green, Tim.  Rivals.  J FIC Green
Twelve-year-old Josh looks forward to facing a true rival in the Baseball Hall of Fame tournament, but first he and his friends Jaden and Benji put themselves at great risk trying to expose the truth about a conspiracy to bribe the head umpire.

Green, Tim.  Deep Zone.  J FIC Green
Twelve-year-old football stars Troy White and Ty Lewis are eager to face each other in a seven-on-seven tournament being held at the Super Bowl in Miami, unaware that bad choices made by members of their families will put both boys in danger.

Gutman, Dan.   J FIC Gutman // J PB G
Enjoy these sports related titles…..The Million Dollar Kick, The Million Dollar Shot, The Million Dollar Strike, The Million Dollar Goal

Hallowell, Tommy.  Last Chance Quarterback.  J FIC Hallowell
Sam tries to build his football team’s confidence in his abilities as quarterback and finally gets a chance to prove himself at the end of the season.

Haven, Paul.  Two Hot Dogs with Everything.  J FIC Haven
Although everyone credits him and his superstitions for the Slugger’s first winning streak in 108 baseball seasons, eleven-year-old Danny Gurkin believes that his discovery of a secret from the team’s past may be the real reason behind the ball club’s success.

Hicks, Betty.  I Smell Like Ham.  J FIC Hicks
Nick tries to maintain his sense of integrity as he works to succeed on the school basketball team, adjust to his new stepmother and little “dorky” stepbrother, and deal with peer pressure from his friends.

Hurwitz, Johanna.  Baseball Fever.  J PB H
Ten-year-old Ezra tries to convince his scholarly father that his baseball fever is not wasting his mind.

Jennings, Patrick.  Out Standing in My Field.  J FIC Jennings
Although fifth-grader Ty Cutter is named after baseball great Ty Cobb, he is the worst player on the Brewer’s team–which happens to be coached by his overly-competitive father.

Jeter, Derek.  The Contract.  J FIC Jeter
In Kalamazoo, Michigan, eight-year-old Derek Jeter, who dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, learns what it takes to be a champion on and off the field.

Jones, Jennifer B.  Dear Mrs. Ryan, You’re Ruining My Life.  J FIC Jones
In an effort to get his mother to stop writing about him in her books, fifth-grader Harvey and his best friend decide to try to make a romantic connection between her and their school principal.

King, Donna.  Double Twist.  J PB K
Twelve-year old Laura Lee and her partner, Patrick, are an ice-dancing team. Together, they’re aiming for a medal at the Montreal Junior Grand Prix. But when a training accident puts Patrick out of action, Laura’s dreams are shattered– unless she can find someone to replace him.

Kline, Suzy.  Molly Gets Mad.  J FIC Klein
Third grader Molly is jealous of Florence’s superior ice skating ability but makes an interesting discovery about teamwork when she joins the hockey team.

Krensky, Stephen.  Louise, Soccer Star?  J FIC Krensky
Louise has been practicing, planning, and even dreaming about this year’s soccer season.  So how can it be that, from the very first practice, she’s thrown so completely off her game?

Long, Loren.  Game 1: Porkopolis.  J FIC Long (SERIES)
In the late 1800s, a baseball with strange powers belonging to their late father works wonders for three children and a travelling baseball team which must raise $10,000.

Markey, Kevin.  Slumpbuster.  J FIC Markey (SERIES)
Eleven-year-old slugger Banjo “The Great Walloper” Bishbash is overcome by a nasty hitting slump as he tries to lead the Rambletown Rounders to the division baseball championship.

Mills, Claudia.  Mason Dixon: Basketball Diaries.  J FIC Mills
Fourth-grader Mason struggles to enjoy playing basketball after his best friend persuades him to join a team, and learns that the dog-hating lady next door is not so bad after all.

Myers, Walter Dean.  Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid.   J FIC Myers
Although adoption has taken them out of the New Jersey institution where they grew up, eleven-year-old T.J. and his younger brother Moondance remain involved with their friend Mop’s relentless attempts to become adopted herself and to wreak revenge on their baseball rivals the obnoxious Eagles.

Park, Linda Sue.  Keeping Score.  J FIC Park
In Brooklyn in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a “Bums” (Dodgers) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them.

Patneaude, David.  Haunting at Home Plate.  J FIC Patneaude
After they hear stories about their baseball field being haunted by the ghost of a boy who died there many years ago, twelve-year-old Nelson and his teammates start finding mysterious messages written in the dirt.

Ripken, Cal Jr.  Wild Pitch.  J FIC Ripken
Struggling with his inability to aim despite being the son of a coach who was the hardest-throwing pitcher in the Babe Ruth League, Robbie, haunted by a fastball that injured a player the previous year, works to regain control by accepting the advice of a mysterious boy who might help save the team.

Schwartz, Ellen.   Stealing Home.  J Fic Schwartz
Joey, an orphaned, mixed-race 10-year-old isn’t the only one who has to make adjustments after he’s taken in by Jewish relatives he never knew he had. Wondering why his mother never told him about her side of the family, Joey moves to Brooklyn–to find a warm welcome from Aunt Frieda, an instant ally in baseball-loving cousin Bobbie, and a decidedly cold shoulder from his grandfather, who is still angry and hurt by his daughter’s choices.

Shang, Wendy Wan-Long.  The Way Home Looks Now.  J FIC Shang
In 1972, after his older brother is killed in a car crash, Peter Lee’s mother is paralyzed by grief and his traditional Chinese father seems emotionally frozen–but Peter hopes that if he joins a Little League team in Pittsburgh he can reawaken the passion for baseball that all the members of his family used to share and bring them back to life.

Skead, Robert.  Mighty Mike Bounces Back: A Boy’s Life With Epilepsy.  J FIC Skead
Mike, who has had epilepsy since the age of two, copes with the challenges posed by his condition with the help of his understanding parents, caring doctors, and his love of basketball. Includes author’s notes.

Spurr, Elizabeth.  Surfer Dog.  J FIC Spur
After moving to a new California beach town, eleven-year-old Pete feels lonely until he meets a dog that shares his passion for surfing.

Telander, Rick.  String Music.   J FIC Telander
An unlikely friendship develops between a lonely eleven-year-old boy and the professional basketball star whom he idolizes.

Wallace, Rich.  The Roar of the Crowd.  J Fic Wallace (LOOK FOR MORE BY THIS AUTHOR!)
After years of playing nothing but soccer in Hudson City, New Jersey, Manny has to work very hard to play on the middle school football team, using determination, speed, and smarts to make up for being small and inexperienced.

Wallace, Rich.  Sports Camp.  J FIC Wallace
Eleven-year-old Riley Liston tries to fit in at Camp Olympia, a summer sports camp where he is one of the youngest boys.

Wertheim, Jon.  The Rookie Bookie.  J FIC Wertheim
When seventh-grader Mitch Sloan moves to Jonasburg, Indiana, he uses his exceptional skills in math, money, and sports statistics to make friends–but gets in over his head when he starts a football betting ring

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