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


^ 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.


For an overview of football in YA literature, check out this column I wrote for Steve Bickmore’s YA Wednesday blog.

Catch  Always a Catch by Peter Richmond (Grades 7-10)

Angry ManagementAngry Management by Chris Crutcher (Bullying, LGBTQ; Grades 9-12)

BifocalBifocal by Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters (Multicultural; Grades 7-10)

BleachersBleachers by John Grisham

back Blowback ’07 by Brian Meehl (Multicultural; Grades 7-12)

Bump and RunBump and Run by Mike Lupica

Name Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley (Racism; Grades 8-11)

Product DetailsCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Female Protagonist; Grades 10-12)

CobraCobra Strike by Sigmund Brouwer (Grades 5-8)

Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity^ Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity by Drew Brees

Product DetailsCrackback by John Coy (Grades 8-11)

Crash  Crash by Jerry Spinelli (Grades 5-8)

Crossing LinesCrossing Lines by Paul Volponi (Bullying; Grades 7-11)

Dairy QueenDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Female Protagonist; Grades 7-10)

DamageDamage by A. M. Jenkins (Grades 8-11)

DeadlineDeadline by Chris Crutcher (Grades 9-12)

Deep Zone (Football Genius)Deep Zone by Tim Green (Grades 4-7)

DerailedDerailed by Jon Ripslinger (Grades 9-12)

Down  # Down. Set. Fight by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, and Scott Kowalchuk (Grades 9-12)

Jock Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno (LGBTQ; Grades 9-12)

EndgameEndgame by Nancy Garden (Bullying; Grades 8-12)

End ZoneEnd Zone by Don DeLillo

Fantasy Fantasy League by Mike Lupica (Grades 5-8)

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't HaveFood, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff (Grades 8-10)

Football Champ: A Football Genius NovelFootball Champ by Tim Green (Grades 4-8)

Football GeniusFootball Genius by Tim Green (Grades 5-8)

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream^ Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger

Growing Up Colt: A Father, a Son, a Life in Football^ Growing Up Colt: A Father, a Son, a Life in Football by Colt McCoy, Brad McCoy, and Mike Yorkey

Gutless  Gutless by Carl Deuker (Bullying; Grades 8-12)

Product DetailsGym Candy by Carl Deuker (Grades 8-12)

Hit Hit Count by Chris Lynch (Concussions; Grades 9-12)

I'm With StupidI’m with Stupid by Geoff Herbach (Grades 7-11)

Imitate the TigerImitate the Tiger by Jan Cheripko (Grades 8-12)

InexcusableInexcusable by Chris Lynch (Bullying; Grades 9-12)

Jake, ReinventedJake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman (Grades 9-12)

undefeated  ^  Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin (Multicultural; Grades 7-12)

Knights of the Hill CountryKnights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp (Grades 8-12)

Lasting Lasting Impact: One Team, One Season. What Happens When Our Sons Play Football by Kostya Kennedy

LeverageLeverage by Joshua Cohen (Bullying; Grades 11-12)

Life Life on the Line: Football, Rage and Redemption by Frank McNair (Grades 8-12)

Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports# Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports by Alden Carter (Bullying; Grades 8-12)

Product DetailsLove of the Game by John Coy (Grades 3-7)

Necessary RoughnessNecessary Roughness by Marie Lee (Multicultural; Grades 7-10)

Monday  NFL Monday Night Football Club by Gordon Korman (Series; Grades 3-7)

Nothing SpecialNothing Special by Geoff Herbach (Grades 7-12)

Out of the PocketOut of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg (LGBTQ, Bullying; Grades 9-12)

paralyzed   Paralyzed by Jeff Rud (Grades 5-8)

Payback TimePayback Time by Carl Deuker (Grades 7-10)

Peyton Manning: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)^ Peyton Manning: A Biography by Lew H. Freedman

PopPop by Gordon Korman (Grades 7-10)

  QB1 by Mike Lupica (Grades 5-9)

Raiders NightRaiders Night by Robert Lipsyte (Bullying; Grades 9-12)

  ^ Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey Into the Heart of Fan Mania by Warren St. John

RashRash by Pete Hautman (Grades 9-12)

RoughnecksRoughnecks by Thomas Cochran (Grades 7-11)

Product DetailsRunning Loose by Chris Crutcher (Racism; Grades 8-12)

  Second Impact: Making the Hardest Call of All by David Klass and Perri Klass (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-11)

Shut OutShut Out by Kody Keplinger (Female Protagonist; Grades 9-12)

Stick  Stick by Michael Harmon (Grades 10-12)

Stupid FastStupid Fast by Geoff Herbach (Grades 7-12)

sway   Sway by Kat Spears (Grades 9-12)

Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton^ Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman

Product Details^ The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

The Chocolate War (Readers Circle)The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (Bullying; Grades 8-12)

football The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-12)

The Junction Boys: How Ten Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged a Championship Team^ The Junction Boys: How Ten Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged a Championship Team by Jim Dent

Product DetailsThe Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Female Protagonist; Grades 7-10)

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (LGBTQ; Grades 9-12)

real ^ The Real All Americans by Sally Jenkins (Multicultural)

Tunnel The Red Zone: Out of the Tunnel by Patrick Jones (Series; Grades 6-9)

Walk The Triple Threat: The Walk On by John Feinstein (Series; Grades 5-8)

The UnderdogsThe Underdogs by Mike Lupica (Grades 5-9)

Through My Eyes^ Through my Eyes by Tim Tebow and Nathan Whitaker

prospect   Top Prospect by Paul Volponi

Troy HighTroy High by Shana Norris (Female Protagonist; Grades 6-10)

UnstoppableUnstoppable by Tim Green (Grades 4-8)

Until  Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines (Grades 9-12)

War and WatermelonWar and Watermelon by Rich Wallace (Grades 5-9)

When the Whistle BlowsWhen the Whistle Blows by Fran Slayton (Grades 6-10)

  ^ Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer

  Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles (Female Protagonist; Grades 9-12)

woodlawn  ^ Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way by Todd Gerelds (Multicultural)

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