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Reading List by Genre - Science Fiction, Sports

Fiction: Science Fiction

Recommended titles

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Legend by Marie Lu
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer
Downsiders by Neal Shusterman

Reviewed titles

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Larry David Tuxbury and Matt McElligott

When Victor Godwin discovers that Benjamin Franklin never died but was placed in suspended animation, he and his friends must protect the secret. Often, that can be difficult because Benjamin becomes a monstrous presence when he runs low on electricity. First of a series and very fun reading!

I Am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore

John Smith is on the run and has landed in Paradise, Ohio. He isn't running from your typical villains. Having arrived as one of nine children from another planet, John and his mentor are eluding the Mogadorians, who invaded his planet. The nine young people are developing special powers and the first three have already been killed. Their new target is John, number 4.
Will he develop his powers in time? First of a series.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Thirty-five girls from various castes throughout the land, are set to compete for the hand of Prince Mason. For America Singer, it is a chance for her family to improve their situation financially, even though she must lose her first love as a result. Part science fiction, part romance, the novel is an entertaining read.

Matched by Ally Condie

Throughout her seventeen years, Cassia has always trusted the society to take care of her needs. Meals are delivered and personalized to her nutritional specifications.Training is designed for the perfect job. And now, she is being matched with the perfect soul mate.  But when two people are matched to Cassia, all that she believes begins to unravel. A less violent alternative to the Hunger Games and a very popular read.

Search for WondLA by Tony DiTerlizzi

Set in the future, Eva Nine is a human girl being raised by a robot (Muthr) in an underground Sanctuary on a planet called Orbona.  She is the only human they know of, but she is being trained in survival skills so she can to to the surface to find others.  Before she is ready, their home is attacked and she is forced up and out into an adventure filled with all kinds of unusual creatures and cool technology (like the Omnipod), with a surprising ending. Start of a series.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. 

In this thriller, Uglies or normal teens, become Pretties once they turn 16. The operation gives everyone symmetrical features and tranquil personalities. Tally will soon become 16 and is looking forward to joining her friends and family in Pretty Town until she comes in contact with a group of renegade Uglies and begins to question everything. Exciting and thought-provoking.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Miranda and her best friend, Sal, grew up together in New York City.  But when Sal gets punched by a boy for no reason, and Miranda receives mysterious notes about her helping save a life, there are more questions than answers. A fun science fiction story with a heavy dose of mystery.

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The City of Ember has no natural light. So when the lights begin to flicker and food becomes scarce, the townspeople start to panic. There are directions to a way out of the city but it has been hidden unknowingly in someone's closet for years. Lina and Doon are two friends who live in the city of Ember and are determined to find a way to save its inhabitants. A spellbinding fantasy adventure.

The People of Sparks by Jeanne Duprau. Sequel to The City of Ember.  

Will the people of Sparks help the underground city refugees or send them off to die in the war-torn, barren lands outside of town?

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Kira faces a desperate future as her mother is dead and can no longer protect her from those who would have her killed because of her disfigurements. Yet Kira holds a special gift that shields her from such a fate. But why? This tale set in the future combines mystery with science fiction as Lowry challenges our assumptions about society.

Messenger by Lois Lowry

Matty, a character from Gathering Blue, discovers he has a secret power. He tries to harness that power to fight an evil force that has caused the villagers to sell parts of themselves for things they desire, no matter who gets hurt as a result.

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

This book is set in the future, where virtual reality games allow people to be physically present in the game. Fourteen-year-old Grannine plays Heir Apparent at the Rasmussen Gaming Center. The play is suddenly interrupted by Rasmussen telling her the game has been compromised by an outside group. She must not only solve riddles, outmaneuver rivals, and defeat a man-eating dragon, but do so as quickly as possible, as now her life really depends on it. Engaging and fun.

Fiction: Sports

Recommended titles

Unstoppable by Tim Green (football)
Game Changers series by Mike Lupica (football, basketball, baseball)
Shakespeare Bats Clean-up by Ron Koertge
Tangerine by Edward Bloor (soccer, football)
Players by Joyce Sweeney (basketball)
Sticks by Joan Bauer (pool)

Reviewed titles

Pop by Gordon Korman

The first person Marcus meets in town after a summer move, is Charlie, an older man who frequents the same park. The two begin an innocent football toss that becomes an intense ritual. Charlie is the most powerful football player that Marcus has ever seen. But the man's quirky behavior off the field soon sucks Marcus in and the resentment from Charlie's family intensifies. There's a secret about Charlie that no one wants to reveal.

Saturday Night Dirt by Will Weaver

Will Weaver has written a high energy novel about dirt car racing. Anyone who likes NASCAR will be drawn to this story of small town Minnesota and Headwaters Speedway on a summer Saturday night.

Six Innings by James Preller

Best friends, Mike and Sam, experience their Little League championship from different perspectives - Mike, from the field and Sam, from the announcer's box. Sam has been diagnosed with cancer and must quit baseball for awhile. The two boys need to adjust the boundaries of their friendship, while experiencing the game of a lifetime. Readers who like play-by-play action of a tight baseball game, will relish this book.

Football Genius by Tim Green

Troy can see patterns in football games after only a few plays that make it possible for him to predict what the next one will be. He's sure he can help the Atlanta Falcons, if they would only recognize his unique abilities. 

Summer Ball by Mike Lupica 

In this sequel to Travel Team, Danny heads off to Right Way basketball camp with a few of his teammates. He wants to kick up his game a notch but the competition and rivalries are stiff. Does he really have what it takes?

Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica.

Josh Cameron, star player of the Boston Celtics, has a huge Nike deal pending, partly because of his wholesome image. Enter Molly Parker, whose mother has died recently of cancer. Before dying, her mother revealed that Josh Cameron is her unknowing father, but discouraged Molly from ever contacting him. She feared he would not be good at loving Molly, just as he couldn't love her. When Molly does confront him, Josh doesn't believe her. Can she win him over and gain her last chance for a real parent?

Heat by Mike Lupica

Michael Arroyo’s pitches pack plenty of heat. He’s been clocked at 80 m.p.h. Sometimes, the stunned coaches and players on other teams, question how a twelve-year-old could be so focused and strong. Maybe he’s older than twelve. Suddenly, they want proof. After all, his Bronx Little League team has a shot at the nationals. But Michael has a secret few know about. His parents are dead, and getting a birth certificate from Cuba will be difficult. His older brother isn’t quite eighteen and the Department of Social Services is beginning to sniff around. Will he play or get sent to foster care?

Free Baseball by Sue Corbett

Felix's father is a legendary pitcher in Cuba but the boy has many questions. Why isn't his father with them? Why don't they communicate? When Felix stumbles upon an opportunity to be a bat boy for a minor league team, he hopes to learn more. A stint with the West Lauderdale Miracles not only brings answers, but changes everything about his life as well.

Travel Team by Mike Lupica

"He knew he was small. He just didn't think he was small. Big difference." Danny Walker can dribble a basketball and is the best seventh grade point guard in town. So when he doesn't get picked for the traveling team because of his size, people around him decide to create an alternative team for all those on the fringe. This book has a lot of heart and will be especially loved by those rejected because someone didn't think they were good enough.

The Warriors by Joseph Bruchac

Jake's mother works in Washington D.C. as a lawyer representing Native American causes. Her job requires extensive travel so Jake is placed in a Maryland boarding school, far from his extended Iroquois family. Jake excels at lacrosse which makes him accepted at his new school. However, it takes a near tragedy for his school community to see the game through the eyes of Jake and the heart of the tribe that first embraced it. Reluctant reader appeal.

Gold Dust by Chris Lynch

Riley Moncrief likes to keep things simple. Pure. Clean. Simple. Like baseball, his passion. Pitcher to batter to catcher. But it's 1975 in a working-class neighborhood in Boston and life keeps complicating Riley's world. He recruits a new kid from the Dominican Republic, cricket-playing Charlie Ellis, in hopes of molding the pair into the Gold Dust Twins. Other kids (including Charlie himself) have different ideas.

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              Cultures, Adventure/Survival, Animals, Fantasy
              Historical, Humor, Mystery/Suspense