Archive for the ‘Football’ Category


Posted: 10/09/2011 by alando1423 in Adolescent & Young Adult Sports Literature, Football


^ Nonfiction

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


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

A Short Move by Katherine Hill 

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

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher (Grades 9-12)

backfield  Backfield Boys by John Feinstein (Grades 6-8)

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson (Grades 5-7)

Bifocal by Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters (Grades 7-10)

Bleachers by John Grisham (Grades 9-12)

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

Bump and Run by Mike Lupica

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

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Grades 10-12)

Cobra Cobra Strike by Sigmund Brouwer (Grades 5-8)

^ Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees (Grades 9-12)

Crackback by John Coy (Grades 8-11)

Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach (Grades 9-12)

Crash Crash by Jerry Spinelli (Grades 5-8)

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Grades 7-10)

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

Deadline by Chris Crutcher (Grades 9-12)

Deep Zone by Tim Green (Grades 4-7)

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

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

 Endgame by Nancy Garden (Grades 8-12)

End Zone by Don DeLillo 

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

Football Champ by Tim Green (Grades 4-8)

Football Genius by Tim Green (Grades 5-8)

^ Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (Grades 9-12)

game  Game Changer by Joseph Monninger

Game Changer by Tommy Grenwald

^ Growing Up Colt by Colt McCoy, Brad McCoy, and Mike Yorkey (Grades 9-12)

Gut Checker by Eric Kester 

Gutless Gutless by Carl Deuker (Grades 8-12)

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker (Grades 8-12)

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

Home Home Field by Hannah Gersen

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

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

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch (Grades 9-12)

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

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

Lasting Lasting Impact by Kostya Kennedy

Leverage by Joshua Cohen (Grades 11-12)

Life Life on the Line by Frank McNair (Grades 8-12)

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

Moxie Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (Grades 7-12)

Necessary Roughness by Marie Lee (Grades 7-10)

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

Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach (Grades 7-12)

Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg (Grades 9-12)

paralyzed Paralyzed by Jeff Rud (Grades 5-8)

Payback Time by Carl Deuker (Grades 7-10)

^ Peyton Manning by Lew H. Freedman   

Pop by Gordon Korman (Grades 7-10)

QB1 by Mike Lupica (Grades 5-9)

Raiders Night by Robert Lipsyte (Grades 9-12)

^ Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John (Grades 9-12)

Rash by Pete Hautman (Grades 9-12)

Roughnecks by Thomas Cochran (Grades 7-11)

Running Loose by Chris Crutcher (Grades 8-12)

Second Impact by David Klass and Perri Klass (Grades 8-11)

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (Grades 9-12)

Stick  Stick by Michael Harmon (Grades 10-12)

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach (Grades 7-12)

sway Sway by Kat Spears (Grades 9-12)

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

^ The Blind Side by Michael Lewis (Grades 9-12)

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (Grades 8-12)

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

^ The Junction Boys by Jim Dent

The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Grades 7-10)

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

real ^ The Real All Americans by Sally Jenkins

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

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

Throw  ^ The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica (Grades 5-9)

^ Through my Eyes by Tim Tebow and Nathan Whitaker (Grades 4-8)

prospect Top Prospect by Paul Volponi (Grades 4-8)

Troy High by Shana Norris (Grades 6-10)

^ Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin (Grades 6-8)

Unstoppable by Tim Green (Grades 4-8)

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

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

^ Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer (Grades 9-12)

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles (Grades 9-12)

woodlawn ^ Woodlawn by Todd Gerelds