Best Teen & Young Adult Baseball & Softball Fiction Books
Here you will get Best Teen & Young Adult Baseball & Softball Fiction Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
1. Mexican WhiteBoy
Author: by Matt de la Peña
Newbery Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Pea’s Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions. Danny is tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot.
Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound, he loses it. But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him.Danny is brown.Half-Mexican brown.
And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged.
But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. That’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. But to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see-the demons that are right in front of his face.
2. Golden Arm
Author: by Carl Deuker
In this riveting story about baseball and brotherhood, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks finds himself pitching his way out of povertyone strike at a time. By a premier author of provocative YA sports novels (The Bulletin).
Lazarus Laz Weathers has always been shy, and his issue with stuttering when he speaks hasn’t helped. Stuck in a Seattle trailer park, Laz finds baseball helps him escape from the world of poverty and drugs. When he gets an opportunity to pitch for the rich kids across town, he has a chance to get drafted by the major leagues.
But playing for the other team means leaving behind his family, including Antonio, Laz’s younger brother, who more and more, seems to be drawn to the dark world of the Jet City’s drug ring. Now Laz will have to choose between being the star pitcher he always dreamed of becoming and the team player his family needs.
3. Heart of a Champion
Author: by Carl Deuker
Jimmy Winter is a born star on the baseball field, and Seth Barnam can only dream of being as talented. Still, the two baseball fanatics have the kind of friendship that should last forever. But when Seth experiences an unthinkable loss, he’s forced to find his own personal strength-on and off the field.
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Best Book for Reluctant ReadersA New York Public Library Book for the Teen AgePennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Book of the Year
4. The Batboy
Author: by Mike Lupica
Sometimes life’s greatest accomplishments take place off the field. There’s nothing All Star pitcher Peter Friedman loves more than baseball. He breathes it, dreams it, and works his tail off to be great. Most kids are nervous about starting high school, but when you’re the star athlete, girls, popularity, and all-around stud status are sure to follow.
Then a pitching accident over the summer ruins Pete’s arm. If he can’t play baseball in high school, what is he supposed to do? If he isn’t the star pitcher, then who is he? To make matters more complicated, there’s something going on with Pete’s grampa – he’s acting weird and keeps forgetting important things.
The only person Pete can confide in is Angelika, the amazingly cute girl in his photography class who might like Pete as much as he likes her … Only, Angie doesn’t know if she can date someone who can’t be honest with himself, or with the people he’s closest to.
6. Out of My League: A Standalone Fake Relationship Romance (Love in Fenton County)
Author: by Sarah Sutton
June 16, 2020
FAKE DATING THE CAPTAIN OF THE BASEBALL TEAM IS ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SOMEONE CATCHES FEELINGS. I’m honestly convinced my life is over when my high school cuts the journalism program. Without the elective, I lose my chance to intern at the biggest newspaper company and the county, and why?
All because the baseball team needs more funding. To make matters worse, when my boyfriend dumps me at a party, the the captain of the baseball team and the most popular guy at Bayview High, Walsh Hunter, decides to make a spectacle of my mortification.
He jumps in, throws his arm around me, and declares his undying love for me. In front of everyone. Except I’m the only one who realizes he’s faking it. And suddenly, I’m thrown into a world of fake relationships and undercover journalism, and way, way out of my league.
At least I’ve got the team captain to teach me how to play. But faced with choosing between saving my journalism class or these strange new feelings for Walsh, will I strike out or hit a home run? This is the second book in the Love in Fenton County Series, but can be read as a standalone, and this one will leave you swooning.
Author: by Mindy McGinnis
Katherine Tegen Books
A captivating and powerful exploration of the opioid crisisthe deadliest drug epidemic in American historythrough the eyes of a college-bound softball star. Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a visceral and necessary novel about addiction, family, friendship, and hope. When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run.
Behind the plate is the only place she’s ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there. The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good. With a new circle of friendsfellow injured athletes, others with just time to killMickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue.
But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.
8. The Pitcher
Author: by William Hazelgrove
What A Mother Won’t Do For Her Son… Top 50 Bestselling Baseball Books on Amazon Kindle”I never knew I had an arm until this guy called out, “Hey you want to try and get a ball in the hole, sonny?” I was only nine, but mom said, “come on, let’s play.” This Carney guy with no teeth and a fuming cigarette hands me five blue rubber balls and says if I throw three in the hole we win a prize.
He’s grinning, because he took mom’s five bucks and figures a sucker is born every minute. That really got me, because we didn’t have any money after Fernando took off, and he only comes back to beat up mom and steal our money.
So I really wanted to get mom back something, you know, for her five bucks.”A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife.
These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on.
9. Joey Pigza Loses Control (Joey Pigza, 2)
Author: by Jack Gantos
The sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award FinalistWhen Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up version of his old out-of-control self. Carter Pigza is as wired as Joey used to be – before his stint in special ed, and before he got his new meds.
Joey’s mom reluctantly agrees that he can stay with his dad for a summer visit, which sends Joey racing with sky-high hopes that he and Carter can finally get to know each other. But as the weeks whirl by, Carter has bigger plans in mind.
He decides that just as he has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, Joey can do the same and become as normal as any kid, without the help of a doctor’s prescription. Carter believes Joey can do it and Joey wants to believe him more than anything in the world.
Here is the continuation of Jack Gantos’ acclaimed Joey Pigza story, affirming not only that Joey Pigza is a true original but that it runs in the family. This title has Common Core connections. Joey Pigza Loses Control is a 2000 New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of the Year and a 2001 Newbery Honor Book.
10. Samurai Shortstop
Author: by Alan M. Gratz
Tokyo, 1890.Toyo is caught up in the competitive world of boarding school, and must prove himself to make the team in a new sport called besuboru. But he grieves for his uncle, a samurai who sacrificed himself for his beliefs, at a time when most of Japan is eager to shed ancient traditions.
It’s only when his father decides to teach him the way of the samurai that Toyo grows to better understand his uncle and father. And to his surprise, the warrior training guides him to excel at baseball, a sport his father despises as yet another modern Western menace.
Toyo searches desperately for a way to prove there is a place for his family’s samurai values in modern Japan. Baseball might just be the answer, but will his father ever accept a Western game that stands for everything he despises?
11. Out of His League (Briarwood High Book 1)
Author: by Maggie Dallen
February 13, 2018
What’s the first rule of reinventing yourself as a cool girl at a new school? Steer clear of your old crush. A new school means a fresh start. So long Ronnie Smith, invisible tomboy, and hello Veronica, popular new hottie.
This is my chance to finally be seen…And kissed.Yeah, that’s right. I’ve never been kissed. But I mean to change all that now that I’m starting over with a new look and attitude.The only problem? I’m not the only one from my old school who’s transferred to Briarwood High.
Drew Remi is here, too, and he’s still the same wildly popular baseball star. He’s also the only person who can ruin my new life. But he can only rat me out if he recognizes me. So, why am I so upset when he doesn’t have a clue who I really am?
12. Game Seven
Author: by Paul Volponi
A fastball of a book by Paul Volponian author who knows sports and suspense! Julio Ramirez Jr. lives in the shadow of his famous father. Not just because Julio Senior is a pitcher for the Miami Marlins and famous for his scorching fastball, but because he defected from Cuba, leaving Julio and his sister and mother branded as the family of a traitor.
Now sixteen, Julio has dreams of playing shortstop for Cuba’s national team-until he’s given the opportunity to sail to the U.S. Can he abandon his family, just like his Papi did? Is freedom worth the perilous journey and risking prison if he’s caught?
Will his Papi be waiting for him on the other shoreor, with the Marlins in the World Series against the Yankees, has Julio Senior forgotten all about his son?”An entertaining tale of baseball, family and loyalty.”Kirkus ReviewsVolponi once again delivers top-notch sports fare coupled with a deeper story of family and fidelity…
Readers will identify with Julio as he juggles dreams, bitterness, and family loyalties in this lyrical, spare novel. Booklist A poignant story… This is a must-read for any teen who not only loves stories about sports but also enjoys reading about families.VOYA
13. Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
Author: by Ron Koertge
“This funny and poignant novel celebrates the power of writing to help young people make sense of their lives and unlock and confront their problems.” School Library Journal (starred review)When MVP Kevin Boland gets the news that he has mono and won’t be seeing a baseball field for a while, he suddenly finds himself scrawling a poem down the middle of a page in his journal.
To get some help, he cops a poetry book from his dad’s den and before Kevin knows it, he’s writing in verse about stuff like, Will his jock friends give up on him? What’s the deal with girlfriends? Surprisingly enough, after his health improves, he keeps on writing, about the smart-talking Latina girl who thinks poets are cool, and even about his mother, whose death is a still-tender loss.
Written in free verse with examples of several poetic forms slipped into the mix, including a sonnet, haiku, pastoral, and even a pantoum, this funny, poignant story by a master of dialogue is an English teacher’s dream sure to hook poetry lovers, baseball fanatics, mono recoverers, and everyone in between.
14. Whatever Life Throws at You (Entangled Teen)
Author: by Julie Cross
October 7, 2014
“Loved this book!Great characters, great story, & so much swooning!” Cindi Madsen, USA Today bestselling author Life loves a good curveballSeventeen-year-old Annie Lucas’s life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals.
Now she’s living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her ownmost of which involve placing first at every track meetand one starring the Royals’ super-hot rookie pitcher.
But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team.
Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love. But baseball isn’t just a game.It’s life. And sometimes, it can break your heart
15. Playing The Field
Author: by Christina Benjamin
Do stolen bases lead to stolen hearts? Tomboy Alex Prince is used to crushing her competitors, but crushing on one? That’s another story. Grant King is everything she could want in a boy; popular, handsome, funny and captain of the baseball team.
Best of all, he seems to be into her. At least that’s what she thinks after their secret almost kiss on the first day of school. Too bad they’re about to become rivals … Grant King is kicking himself for making his no-girlfriend pledge when he meets sassy transfer student, Alex Prince.
Not only is she gorgeous, witty and full of confidence, she’s into baseball! She’s his dream girl. But she’s also the competition! Their budding romance is thrown a curveball when Alex finds out her new high school doesn’t have a softball team.
If she wants to play, she must compete for a coveted spot on the boys’ team, against her would-be crush, Grant King. Love is a battlefield … Or in their case, a baseball field. Can these unlikely enemies fight their feelings while fighting for a spot on the team, or will they break all the rules for love?
16. Painting the Black
Author: by Carl Deuker
In his senior year of high school, late bloomer Ryan Ward has just begun to feel the magic of baseballthe thrill of catching a wicked slider, of throwing a runner out, of training hard and playing hard. His friend Josh, the star of the team, has helped Ryan push his limits.
But when Josh clearly pushes the limits too far, Ryan is faced with a heartbreaking dilemma: he must choose between his love for the game and his sense of integrity.