Author Crush: Sports Reads
Fence Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat (Jh GN PAC FENCE 1) Nicholas dreams of getting the chance to train and compete at fencing and when he’s accepted to the prestigious Kings Row private school, he learns just how cutthroat fencing can be. He faces off against many opponents, including one mysterious and unbeatable Seiji Katayama and his half brother. There’s romance and rivalry in this delightful series!
Check Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (GN UKA CHECK 1) is about Eric Bittle (Bitty), a vlogger who bakes pies, loves pop music, and figure skates, but gets into school on a hockey scholarship. He knows little about the world of hockey, but in time, he learns to connect with his teammates and get into the game. His intense and gorgeous team captain, Jack, keeps him on his toes as he vlogs about learning the ins and outs of hockey and his first two years of college.
The Avant-Guards Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin (Jh GN USD AVANT-GUARDS 1) is a delightful and fun series about college transfer student, Charlie, who doesn’t really want to get too involved in school beyond keeping good grades and getting things turned in on time. But aspiring actor, Liv, will stop at nothing to get her to join her new basketball team, The Avant-Guards. She finally agrees and the team learns to work together to improve their game one practice at a time while Charlie learns to live a little and get involved in something other than her work.
Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher (TN CRU) After Annie was removed from her mother’s care, she insists upon playing in as many basketball games and joining as many sports teams (even ones she’s not interested in) as possible to give both her mother and sister as many opportunities to meet her on neutral territory as she can. She knows she’s spreading herself thin, but it also creates a lot of tension with her foster family. When her nephew goes missing though, the tension ramps up and she doesn’t know how she can possibly cope with all that’s going on in her life, but somehow she must find a way.
In Gut Check by Eric Kester (TN KES), Wyatt is 16, overweight, and lives in a poor town, but though he’s cut from the school’s football tryouts in his freshman year, he finally makes it in his sophomore year. He’s not a great player by any means, but football is the sport to play at his school. He’s embarrassed by his weight, humiliated by others, and stuck in plenty of awkward moments with his crush, but ultimately Wyatt just wants to persevere and get through high school somehow.
Swing by Kwame Alexander (TN ALE) is about unlucky 17 year old Noah Wallace, who got cut from the baseball team again and not to mention, he loses his crush to his rival on the team. Noah and his best friend are convinced that junior year will be their year to shine and they devise a plan to get the girls of their dreams. Somehow they just have to make it through high school, but with tensions running high both in school and around town, he doesn’t know how he’ll make it through.