Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall & Football

Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of football. But I do love the idea of football. Hey, I like to watch sports outside in the chilly fall air while sipping on some hot cider! I like the roar of a home crowd! And I do respect the sport some say is akin to human chess. I'm just too ADD to pay as much attention to it as some people I know.

The NFL football season starts tonight and I know some peoples are incredibly excited. In honor of fall & football, I present the following YA football fiction to get you in the spirit of the game. Click on the titles to checkout these books in the OWWL catalog.

Crackback by John Coy
Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.

Gym Candy by Paul Deuker
Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

Pop by Gordon Korman
Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.
Shooting Star by Fredrick McKissack
Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.

Ladies play ball, too...

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. Read this one already? Check out Murdock's awesome sequel, The Off Season.

I've got these books in a special display here at Wood Library. Stop by and pick one up. That is all.

The Goods:
Book I'm loving today: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
CD I'm loving today: Heaven by the Walkmen

-Kelley, (your) Teen Services Librarian

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