13 Books About Sports for Every Sports Fan To Read This Summer

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.

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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.

Hockey

Michigan vs the Boys by Carrie S. Allen

TW: Rape, Sexual assault, Sexual violence, Physical abuse, Bullying, Misogyny

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

TW: Rape, Sexual assault, Bullying, Homophobia, Suicidal thoughts, Violence

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

TW: Alcohol, Homophobia, Alcoholism, Bullying, Panic attacks/disorders, Drug abuse, Addiction.


Basketball

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

TW: Racial slurs, Racism, Police brutality, Sexual assault, Antisemitism, Islamophobia

The Avant Guards by Noah HayesCarly Usdin with Rebecca Nalty

TW: Discussion of panic attacks

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

TW: Cancer, grief, death, body shaming, homophobia


Cheerleading

Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frazier

TW: Transphobia and transphobic comments, some fatphobic comments, and instances of sexual harassment


Skateboarding

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%.


Soccer

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/


Surfing

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.


Baseball

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen by Sarah Kapit – Middle Grade, #ActuallyAutistic

TW: Ableism, bullying, concussion


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