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Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate Collection

There are countless Sports Fiction courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. This Was Never About Basketball (2017)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn this coming-of-age novel, seventeen-year-old high school basketball star Ezekiel “Zeke” Archer has it all: a sweet jump shot, a full-ride scholarship to a Midwestern basketball powerhouse, and the brightest future. But when Zeke’s temper gets the better of him in the city championship, he is expelled from school, has to forfeit his scholarship, and is left to ponder his once-hopeful future.While finishing his final high school days in the California educational system’s version of purgatory, Zeke makes a stunning discovery. With the help of a young autistic classmate Zeke befriends, he learns that the mysterious 7th…
Author(s): Craig Leener

2. Cover-up: Mystery at the Super Bowl (2008)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Super Bowl. America’s biggest sports spectacle. Over 95 million fans will be watching. But teen sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson know that what they’ll be watching is a lie. They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their doping tests. They know the owner is trying to cover up the results. The only thing they don’t know is how to prove it.”Every teen with NFL or ESPN dreams will appreciate Feinstein’s latest sports mystery.” –VOYA #52,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #99 in Teen & Young Adult Sports Fiction #129 in Teen & Young Adult Mystery & Thriller…
Author(s): John Feinstein

3. Boy21 (2013)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate CollectionYou 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…
Author(s): Matthew Quick

4. Indian Horse: A Novel (2018)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate CollectionSaul Indian Horse is a child when his family retreats into the woods. Among the lakes and the cedars, they attempt to reconnect with half-forgotten traditions and hide from the authorities who have been kidnapping Ojibway youth. But when winter approaches, Saul loses everything: his brother, his parents, his beloved grandmother―and then his home itself. Alone in the world and placed in a horrific boarding school, Saul is surrounded by violence and cruelty. At the urging of a priest, he finds a tentative salvation in hockey. Rising at dawn to practice alone, Saul proves determined…
Author(s): Richard Wagamese

5. The Batboy (2011)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate CollectionBrian is living every baseball kid’s dream: he is a batboy for his hometown Major League team. Brian believes that it’s the perfect thing to bring him and his big-leaguer dad closer together. And if that weren’t enough, this is the season that Hank Bishop, Brian’s baseball hero, returns to the Tigers for the comeback of a lifetime. The summer couldn’t get much better! Until Hank Bishop starts to show his true colors, and Brian learns that sometimes life throws you a curveball. #30,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #22 in Teen & Young Adult Parents Fiction #5 in Teen &…
Author(s): Mike Lupica

6. Season On the Brink (Stories From Eastport) (2019)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate CollectionTheir dream season became a nightmare. They’ll need each other to finish the game. Wes Garrett wishes he could play in the state championship football game with his best friends, Craig, Collin, and Josh. An injury cost him his chance at glory with the Boys, but hockey season is just around the corner and there’s no reason that he and the rest of the Eastport High Cannons can’t win all of the trophies their senior year. They’ve waited a long time for this opportunity and nothing can stop The Boys. Before the first title banner can be stitched…
Author(s): Rich Maclone

7. Sold on a Monday: A Novel (2018)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate CollectionA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A USA TODAY BESTSELLER A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLERA NATIONAL INDIEBOUND BESTSELLER  An unforgettable novel by Kristina McMorris, inspired by a stunning piece of history.  2 CHILDREN FOR SALE The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices. For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a…
Author(s): Kristina McMorris

8. Payback Time (2012)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate CollectionThrough the eyes of a distinctly non-athletic protagonist—a fat high school journalist named Mitch—veteran sports novelist Deuker reveals the surprising truth behind a mysterious football player named Angel.  When Angel shows up Lincoln High, he seems to have no past—or at least not one he is willing to discuss.  Though Mitch gets a glimpse of Angel’s incredible talent off the field, Angel rarely allows himself to shine on the field.  Is he an undercover cop, wonders Mitch?  Or an ineligible player?  In pursuit of a killer…
Author(s): Carl Deuker

9. The Final Four (2013)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate CollectionMarch 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…
Author(s): Paul Volponi

10. Backfield Boys: A Football Mystery in Black and White (2018)

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate Collection“An intriguing look at racism in contemporary sports and the power private schools have in shaping sports and upholding racist traditions.” ―Booklist“A strong football hook will draw in most sports fans . . . The boys’ driving quest for the truth will keep readers engaged.” ―School Library Journal”Over the years, John Feinstein has built a career covering many aspects of athletics as a sportswriter, author, and media commentator. He has also written several sports novels for young adult audiences. In his most recent novel, Feinstein tackles racism in a way that is both…
Author(s): John Feinstein

Best Sports Fiction Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some sports fiction books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Sports, Narrative, and Nation in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Studies in Major Literary Authors)

Author(s): Jarom Lyle McDonald
Publisher: , Year: 2007, Size: 914 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 579968

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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