Best Teen & Young Adult Basketball Fiction Books
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1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Author: by Sherman Alexie
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
With a foreword by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
Author: by Matthew Quick
You can lose yourself in repetition-quiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age. Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries.
At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He’s always dreamed of getting out someday, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay. Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy.
Cut off from everyone he knows, he won’t pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21-taken from his former jersey number. As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need.
3. The Wizenard Series: Training Camp (The Wizenard Series, 1)
Author: by Wesley King
A powerful YA novel about identity and prejudice. Entertainment Weekly Bijan Majidi is:Shy around girlsReally into comicsDecent at basketballBijan Majidi is not:A terrorist What happens when a kid who’s flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game?
If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive partiesalong with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist. The administration says they’ll find and punish the culprit.
Bijan wants to pretend it never happened. He’s not ashamed of his Middle Eastern heritage; he just doesn’t want to be a poster child for Islamophobia. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don’t want him or anybody who looks like him at their school.
But it’s not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends. Here to Stay is a painfully honest, funny, authentic story about growing up, speaking out, and fighting prejudice.
5. Slam Dunk, Vol. 1
Author: by Takehiko Inoue
The best-selling series from Eisner-nominated Takehiko Inoue, one of Japan’s greatest manga creators. Winning isn’t everything in the game of basketball, but who wants to come in second? It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that.
They have one last year to make their captain’s dream of reaching the finals come truewill they do it? Takehiko Inoue’s legendary beloved basketball manga is finally here and the tale of a lifetime is in your hands. Hanamichi Sakuragi’s got no game with girls-none at all!
It doesn’t help that he’s known for throwing down at a moment’s notice and always coming out on top. A hopeless bruiser, he’s been rejected by 50 girls in a row! All that changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko, and she’s actually not afraid of him!
When she introduces him to the game of basketball, his life is changed forever…
6. The Final Four
Author: by Paul Volponi
Speak (January 10, 2013)
“Volponi, a multiple award-winning author, keeps the tension high from the first to last page … The Final Four is definitely a winner.” VOYA, starred reviewMarch Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams let in the NCAA basketball championship.
The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first game in the seminfinals, and it’s there that the fates of Malcolm, Roko, Crispin, and M.J.Intertwine. As the last moments tick down on the game clock, you’ll learn how each player went from being a kid who loves to shoot hoops to a powerful force in one of the most important games of the year.
Which team will leave the Superdome victorious? In the end it will come down to who has the most skill, the most drive, and the most heart.”Volponi nails it when it counts in this dynamic story.” Booklist, starred review”Volponi adroitly renders authentic and inspired basketball action.” The New York Times Book Review
Author: by Walter Dean Myers
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover. Seventeen-year-old Greg “Slam” Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He’s seen ballplayers come and go, and he knows he could be one of the lucky ones.
Maybe he’ll make it to the top. Or maybe he’ll stumble along the way. Slam’s grades aren’t that hot. And when his teachers jam his troubles in his face, he blows up. Slam never doubted himself on the court until he found himself going one-on-one with his own future, and he didn’t have the ball.
8. Legacy and the Queen (Legacy and the Queen, 1)
Author: by Annie Matthew
#1 New York Times BestsellerFrom the mind of basketball legend and Academy Awardwinning storyteller Kobe Bryant comes a new tale of finding your inner magic against all odds.GAME.SET.MAGIC. Game Tennis means life and death for the residents of the magical kingdom of Nova, and for twelve-year-old Legacy, it’s the only thing getting her through the long days taking care of the other kids at the orphanage.
That’s all about to change when she hears about Silla’s tournament. Set Silla, the ruler of Nova, hosts an annual tournament for the less fortunate of her citizens to come and prove themselves and win entrance to the Academy, where they can train to compete at nationals.
The prize is Silla’s favor and enough cash to keep open the orphanage, and Legacy has her heart set on both. Magic What Legacy has yet to know is that the other players have something besides better skills and more money than she does.
In Nova, tennis can unlock magic. Magic that Silla used to save the kingdom long ago and magic that her competitors have been training in for months already. Now, with the world turned against her and the orphanage at stake, Legacy has to learn to use her passion for the game to rise above those around her and shine.
9. Last Shot: Mystery at the Final Four (The Sports Beat, 1)
Author: by John Feinstein
New York Times bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein exposes the real March Madnessbehind the scenes at the Final Four basketball tournament. When Stevie wins a writing contest for aspiring sports journalists, his prize is a press pass to the Final Four in New Orleans.
While exploring the Superdome, he overhears a plot to throw the championship game. With the help of fellow contest winner Susan Carol, Stevie has just 48 hours to figure out who is blackmailing one of the star players …And why. John Feinstein has been praised as the best writer of sports books in America today (The Boston Globe), and he proves it again in this fast-paced novel.
A page-turning thriller and a basketball junkie’s bonanza.USA Today
Author: by Walter Dean Myers
By the groundbreaking author of the award-winning Monstera visionary who influenced and inspired a generationthis fast-paced and poignant story reveals the fierce underworld of sports. All eyes are on seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a city-wide basketball Tournament of Champions.
His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure. Cal knows because he, too, once had the chancebut sold out. As the tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want Cal to keep him on the bench so that the team will lose the championship.
As the last seconds of the game tick away, Lonnie and Cal must make a decision. Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime? An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults AWARDS FOR WALTER DEAN MYERS: New York Times Bestselling Author 3-Time National Book Award Finalist Michael L.
Printz Award 5 Coretta Scott King Awards 2 Newbery Honors National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2012-2013) Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement Children’s Literature Legacy Award
11. Wicked Rules (Wicked Bay Book 2)
Author: by L A Cotton
January 3, 2018
The edgy, angsty, addictive YA/NA crossover series from L.A.Cotton continues… Let the games begin… Lo Stone should be used to change by now. It’s been her life for the last year, but how much can a girl take before the cracks begin to show?
She knew being with Maverick wouldn’t be easy, but she didn’t anticipate her life in Wicked Bay becoming a game of deceit and lies. Maverick Prince risked everything for Lo, but it was worth it to see her smile. Only now he’s painted a target on her back and he refuses to let that happen.
The only way to protect her is to do what Prince’s do bestplay the game and stick to the rules. Even if some rules are made to be broken. ~The Wicked Bay Series is recommended for readers aged 17+ due to mature themes, language and content.
12. Forged by Fire
Author: by Sharon M. Draper
The flame of love burns bright in the second book of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy. When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him.
Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt, and a brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald’s life is his little half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, who is abusing her.
Somehow Gerald manages to finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, and Angel develops her talents as a dancer, despite the trouble that still haunts them. And Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced.
In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation. In this second book of the Hazelwood High trilogy, Sharon M. Draper has woven characters and events from Tears of a Tiger in an unflinchingly realistic portrayal of poverty and child abuse.
13. Taking Sides
Author: by Gary Soto
Lincoln is in a jam when his basketball team at his new school-where the students are rich and mostly white-faces his old team from the barrio on the boards. How can he play his best against his friends? No matter who wins, it looks like it will be lose-lose for Lincoln.
14. Black and White (Speak)
Author: 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 nightand one wrong decisionwill change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship …And their future? An ALA Best Book for Young AdultsAn ALA Quick Pick Top TenIRA Children’s Book Award (Young Adult)
Author: by Geoff Herbach
Katherine Tegen Books
From Geoff Herbach, the critically acclaimed author of the Stupid Fast series, comes a compelling new YA novel about basketball, prejudice, privilege, and family, perfect for fans of Jordan Sonnenblick, Andrew Smith, and Matt de la Pea. For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport.
Adam’s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he’s tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life: to new friendships, to the girl of his dreams, to a better future.
But life is more complicated off the court. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam’s finally formed after a lifetime of struggle, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that’s given him everything.
16. Cracking the Bell
Author: by Geoff Herbach
Friday Night Lights meets Concussion in this powerful and important novel by Geoff Herbach, author of the Stupid Fast series, exploring the dangerous concussion crisis in football through the eyes of a high school team captain. Isaiah loves football. In fact, football saved Isaiah’s life, giving him structure and discipline after his sister’s death tore his family apart.
But when Isaiah gets knocked out cold on the field, he learns there’s a lot more to lose than football. While recovering from a concussion, Isaiah wonders what his life would look like without the game. All his friends are on the team, and Isaiah knows they can’t win without him.
The scholarship offer from Cornell is only on the table if he keeps playing. And without football, what would keep his family together? What would prevent him from sliding back into the habits that nearly destroyed him? Isaiah must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the sport that gave him everything, even if playing football threatens to take away his future.