Watching a lot of college basketball this month? Why not read some good basketball books too!
Box Out by John Coy
Sophomore Liam Bergstrom just joined the varsity basketball team. His teammates made varsity because they’re good. Liam’s here because he’s tall and Coach needs a guy who can grab rebounds. It’s the chance Liam’s been waiting for, but already he’s playing catch-up. The other guys know what Coach expects, and they’re willing to do things Coach’s way, no matter what. So when Liam questions the team’s practice of praying together before games, he’s suddenly the odd man out. Now Liam has to find the guts to stand up for what he believes in–and take his game to a whole new level.
Travel Team by Mike Lupica
Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court–but don’t tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny’s father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn’t the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured. Travel Team is an inspirational tale in the tradition of The Bad News Bears and Hoosiers. And check out these other basketball-related novels by Mike Lupica.
Boost by Kathy Mackel
Thirteen-year-old Savvy’s three-point shot is deadly. But she gets pushed around on the basketball court. Her older sister, Callie, is on varsity cheerleading, but she’s not light enough to be a flier—her coveted position. Both girls need to boost their level of competition to get into the action. How far are they willing to go to be the best?
Game by Walter Dean Myers
Drew Lawson knows basketball is taking him places. It has to, because his grades certainly aren’t. But lately his plan has run squarely into a pick. Coach’s new offense has made another player a star, and Drew won’t let anyone disrespect his game. Just as his team makes the playoffs, Drew must come up with something big to save his fading college prospects. It’s all up to Drew to find out just how deep his game really is.
Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña
Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong. But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.
Black and White by Paul Volponi
Marcus and Eddie are best friends who found the strength to break through the racial barrier. Marcus is black; Eddie is white. Stars of their school basketball team, they are true leaders who look past the stereotypes and come out on top. They are inseparable, watching each other’s backs, both on and off the basketball court. But one night—and one wrong decision—will change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship . . . and their future?