Click the “Basketball” link above to find texts for the basketball enthusiasts in your classroom.  Enjoy!

Key:

^ Nonfiction

# Other: Poetry, Drama, etc.

*Grade levels are based on reviews from sources such as School Library Journal, Booklist, etc. They do not necessarily represent Alan’s views on grade level appropriateness.

Basketball

boys  All American Boys by Jason Reynolds (Multicultural; Social Justice; Grades 8-12)

Airball: My Life in BriefsAirball: My Life in Briefs by L.D. Harkrader (Grades 5-7)

Time  Athlete vs. Mathlete: Time-Out by W.C. Mack (Series; Grades 3-6)

Ball Don't LieBall Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña (Multicultural; Grades 9-12)

Basketball (or Something Like It)Basketball (or Something Like It) by Nora Raleigh Baskin (Grades 5-9)

Black and White (Speak)Black and White by Paul Volponi (Multicultural, Racism; Grades 9-12)

Blind Your PoniesBlind your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West

BoostBoost by Kathy Mackel (Female Protagonist; Grades 6-9)

Box OutBox Out by John Coy (Grades 7-9)

Boy21Boy21 by Matthew Quick (Bullying; Multicultural; Grades 8-11)

BystanderBystander by James Preller (Bullying; Grades 6-9)

handcuffs  Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher (Grades 9-12)

Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn^ Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn by Larry Colton (Female Protagonist)

Crossover (Orca Sports)Crossover by Jeff Rud (LGBTQ; Grades 7-9)

Cruise ControlCruise Control by Terry Trueman (Grades 7-10)

Danger Zone (Point Signature)Danger Zone by David Klass (Multicultural; Grades 7-10)

Don't Let The Lipstick Fool You: The Making of a Champion^ Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You: The Making of a Champion by Lisa Leslie and Larry Burnett (Female Protagonist)

Dragon Road: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1939Dragon Road by Laurence Yep (Multicultural; Grades 6-9)

Product Details^ Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska by Michael D’Orso

  Foul Trouble by John Feinstein (Grades 7-10)

Front and Center (The Dairy Queen Trilogy)Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-11)

Full Court PressFull Court Press by Mike Lupica (Female Protagonist)

GameGame by Walter Dean Myers (Grades 8-12)

Hail Caesar (Push)Hail Caesar by Thu Huong Ha (Grades 10-12)

Hanging on to MaxHanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard (Grades 8-12)

Head Games: A PrettyTOUGH NovelHead Games by Keri Mikulski (Female Protagonist)

Hoop Dreams: True Story of Hardship and Triumph, TheHoop Dreams: A True Story of Hardship and Triumph by Ben Joravsky

hooper  Hooper by Geoff Herbach (Grades 7-10)

HoopsHoops by Walter Dean Myers (Grades 7-10)

horse H.O.R.S.E: A Game of Basketball and Imagination illustrated by Christopher Myers (Grades 3-6)

Hot Hand (Comeback Kids)Hot Hand by Mike Lupica (Grades 4-6)

In the GarageIn the Garage by Alma Fullerton (Female Protagonist)

In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle^ In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais (Female Protagonist)

jabber   Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll (illustrated by Christopher Myers)

Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems# Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems by Mel Glenn

JumpedJumped by Rita Williams-Garcia (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-11)

Last Shot: A Final Four MysteryLast Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein (Grades 6-9)

Learning The Game (Push Fiction)Learning the Game by Kevin Waltman (Grades 8-11)

loser.jpg  Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher (Female Protagonist)

Me, Myself and IkeMe, Myself, and Ike by K.L. Denman (Grades 8-10)

Michael Jordan: A Life Above the Rim (Superstar Lineup)^ Michael Jordan: A Life Above the Rim by Robert Lipsyte

Miracle on 49th StreetMiracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica (Grades 6-9)

Next  Next (D-Bow High School Hoops series) by Kevin Waltman (Grades 7-10)

Night HoopsNight Hoops by Carl Deuker (Grades 8-10)

name   No Name by Tim Tingle (Multicultural; Grades 7-10)

On the Devil's CourtOn the Devil’s Court by Carl Deuker (Grades 8-11)

Pick  Pick and Roll by Kelsey Blair (Female Protagonist; Grades 5-8)

Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court# Pick-up Game: A Full Day of Full Court by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich^ Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel

Playing Without the BallPlaying Without the Ball by Rich Wallace (Grades 8-10)

pull   Pull (D-Bow High School Hoops series) by Kevin Waltman (Grades 7-10)

quicks    Quicks (D-Bow High School Hoops series) by Kevin Waltman (Grades 7-10)

Rabbit, RunRabbit Run by John Updike

Rainbow HighRainbow High by Alex Sanchez (LGBTQ; Grades 10-12)

ReboundRebound by Bob Krech (Racism; Grades 9-12)

Rebound  Rebound by Kwame Alexander (Grades 5-7)

Remembering Gage ParkRemembering Gage Park by William Shunas (Multicultural)

Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms (Picture Puffins)# Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms by Charles R. Smith (Grades 7-11)

Rucker Park SetupRucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi (Grades 8-10)

Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior^ Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior by Phil Jackson

Shaq Uncut: My Story^ Shaq Uncut: My Story by Shaquille O’Neal and Jackie MacMullan

Shooting Stars^ Shooting Stars by Lebron James and Buzz Bissinger

Slam!Slam! By Walter Dean Myers (Grades 8-10)

slump   Slump (D-Bow High School Hoops series) by Kevin Waltman (Grades 7-10)

Stepping UpStepping Up by Mark Fink (Grades 8-10)

Summer BallSummer Ball by Mike Lupica (Grades 5-8)

   Swagger by Carl Deuker (Grades 7-10)

Sweet Turnaround JSweet Turnaround J by P.V. Beck (Female Protagonist)

Take Your Best Shot (4 for 4)Take Your Best Shot by John Coy (Grades 5-8)

Product DetailsTears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper (Grades 9-12)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Multicultural, Racism; Grades 8-11)

The Assist: Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives^ The Assist: Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives by Neil Swidey

  The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll

crossover   The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Grades 5-7)

The Final FourThe Final Four by Paul Volponi (Grades 7-10)

The HoopsterThe Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (Racism; Grades 8-10)

The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams^ The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams by Darcy Frey

The Moves Make the Man (Newbery Honor Book)The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks (Grades 8-12)

The Necessary Hunger: A NovelThe Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr (Multicultural, Female Protagonist)

The Outside ShotThe Outside Shot by Walter Dean Myers (Grades 7-10)

The Perfect Shot (Young Adult Fiction)The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin (Grades 9-12)

The RebounderThe Rebounder by Thomas Dygard (Grades 6-9)

The Rhyming SeasonThe Rhyming Season by Edward Averett (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-11)

The Squared CircleThe Squared Circle by James Bennett (Grades 9-11)

Home This Way Home by Wes Moore and Shawn Goodman (Multicultural; Grades 8-12)

TiltTilt by Alan Cumyn

Travel TeamTravel Team by Mike Lupica (Grades 6-8)

True Legend by Mike Lupica (Grades 6-8)

When the Game Was Ours^ When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird, Ervin Johnson, and Jackie MacMullan

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