Looking for a great summer read? Check out these thirteen young adult and middle grade fiction books about sports! Whether you’re a fan of baseball, hockey, or any other sport, you’re sure to find a book you love. So put on your favorite sports jersey and get ready to dive into a good read!
If you weren’t aware by my username, I love hockey. I have been a Philadephia Flyers hockey fan since 2009. I live for hockey season and talking about the NHL. So, I have compiled a list of sports book recommendations you need to read if you’re a sports fan or if you’re just looking to read more sports books! These were sent in from my subscribers on YouTube.
*The majority of these books are Contemporary novels, graphic novels, and comics, with queer, trans, and/or non-binary characters. Most of the recommendations are Young Adult, though there are some recommendations with college-age characters and an Adult book series.
WATCH THE VIDEO
THE BOOKS & TRIGGER WARNINGS
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*Trigger warnings are provided from the book’s The Story Graph pages. Click the book titles to read my full reviews of the books.
Michigan vs the Boys by Carrie S. Allen
TW: Rape, Sexual assault, Sexual violence, Physical abuse, Bullying, Misogyny
TW: Rape, Sexual assault, Bullying, Homophobia, Suicidal thoughts, Violence
TW: Alcohol, Homophobia, Alcoholism, Bullying, Panic attacks/disorders, Drug abuse, Addiction.
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
TW: Racial slurs, Racism, Police brutality, Sexual assault, Antisemitism, Islamophobia
The Avant Guards by Noah Hayes, Carly Usdin with Rebecca Nalty
TW: Discussion of panic attacks
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
TW: Cancer, grief, death, body shaming, homophobia
Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frazier
TW: Transphobia and transphobic comments, some fatphobic comments, and instances of sexual harassment
Skate for Your Life by Leo Baker
TW: Deadnaming, misgendering, detailed gender dysphoria on page
Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve
TW: unsafe binding with duct tape, mention of death by suicide *not graphic*, transphobia, violence, fighting, deadnaming (Name is not mentioned) and misgendering, outting, imposter syndrome, break-up, talk of hormones & testosterone, safe binding, unaccepting parent, feeling of body & social dysphoria on-page at 87%.
The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons
TW: Misgendering, transphobia, homophobia, religious fanaticism in the form of religious rhetoric, and mention of death by overdose and child death (not graphic)
Watch my interview with the author! https://www.instagram.com/p/CQwt15mHKCx/
A Map to The Sun by Sloane Leong (Also has basketball)
TW: Self-harm, fatphobia, bullying, adult/minor relationship, abuse, drug use, grief, loss, mention of the death of a parent.
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen by Sarah Kapit – Middle Grade, #ActuallyAutistic
TW: Ableism, bullying, concussion