:)

Spring Sports

No, Pittsburghers, it's not time for football. The spring season is synonymous with baseball's spring training. Add to that equation NHL playoffs, college hoops, and NBA basketball and you should have plenty to sink your teeth into. Check out this list of fiction and non-fiction titles that have something to do with springtime sports. And be sure to check out Main, Teen Department's Teen Book Club March, 27th from 4 to 5PM:


Pick-Up Game : A Full Day of Full Court
Pick-Up Game : A Full Day of Full Court

Walter Dean Myers, Sharon Flake, Rita Williams-Garcia and Joseph Bruchac, are among those on a team of nine writers who have created a collection of fast paced stories and poems, weaving characters and scenes together through one hot summer%u2019s day on a street court. A hotshot player named ESPN, girls in tight shorts hoping to tempt guys away from the game, and sweaty players dedicated to making ball their ticket to fame all play here, making this a gritty, funny and real book for anyone who knows their way around a basketball court.


All the Broken Pieces : A Novel In Verse
All the Broken Pieces : A Novel In Verse

In this novel written in verse, Matt Pin is dealing with the emotional damage of surviving a war. Two years after being rescued from Vietnam, Matt%u2019s living with a loving American family, but struggles with leaving his Vietnamese family behind. His American dad loves baseball. His new mother encourages him to play piano. Can these outlets heal his broken pieces? Or will his secrets leave him shattered forever?


Summerland
Summerland

Ah, baseball-- the American pastime. But for Ethan, it is more like a nightmare. Ethan is a terrible ball player who is stuck on the worst team in Summerland-- he wants nothing more than to be kicked off. Unfortunately, he never has the chance. Ethan is swept up in an epic adventure trying to save the world of American Faery-- and what does he need to do to accomplish that? Play ball. A fast-paced romp through a parallel universe complete with fairies, werefoxes, and sasquatches wrapped in a blanket of mythology, Summerland is a great read if you enjoy the paranormal, are a baseball fan, or cannot imagine anything more interesting than a mix of the two.


Soccer Chick Rules
Soccer Chick Rules

When Soccer Chick, Tess Munro finds out that sports programs may be cancelled at her school if a tax levy doesn%u2019t pass, she decides to volunteer to help get voters to vote yes.


Eyeshield 21
Eyeshield 21

When Sena starts high school, his amazing ability to outrun bullies catches the eye of the football coach. On the field Sena must wear a special eyeshield to hide his identity from other school's recruiters.


Pure Red
Pure Red

Rising high school junior Cassia Bernard, daughter of a painter, plans to spend the summer discovering her passion so she has something to put on her college applications, but when her single father starts dating and then agrees to mentor a handsome aspiring artist, Cassia becomes distracted from her goals.


Rebound
Rebound

The way things have always been done at Franklin High is this: the Polish kids wrestle and the black kids play basketball. Raymond Wisniewski knows this because he has been rejected by the basketball team for two years. But a new coach comes to town and brings some change and while Ray gets on the basketball team he finds out that getting what he wants gets him more than he expected. This is a great coming of age story that puts a new spin on prejudice.


Book of Baseball Stuff
Book of Baseball Stuff

This book is stuffed with weird and fun facts about baseball. For example, did you know that in 2008 during TV interviews, the Chicago White Sox enjoyed throwing pies in the face of their team mates?


Game
Game

Drew Lawson is a very good high school basketball player in Harlem. He's watched people in his neighborhood get lost to gangs, drugs, and the streets, and he's determined that isn't going to happen to him. Drew's going to a D1 college, and then onto the NBA. Or so he hopes. But when a European joins the team, how will Drew handle the competition? Will he still be the star?


Mexican Whiteboy
Mexican Whiteboy

16 year old Danny Lopez may not look like he has an identity crisis to most people, but in his private school, Leucadia Prep, its not his 95 mile an hour fastball that gets noticed. It is his slight brown hue. Mexican Whiteboy tells his story of what it is like to be a young person of mixed race trying to discover who he is and where he fits in when he spends the summer with his father's family in Mexico.


21: The Story of Roberto Clemente
21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

The life story of legendary Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player number 21, Roberto Clemente, is not just told but shown in this graphic novel by Wilfred Santiago. We learn about Clemente%u2019s humble beginnings in Puerto Rico and the rise of his career as a major league baseball player. We also learn about his close-knit family, his tireless charity work, and his tragic death that came way too soon.