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9 YA books that will have you feeling sporty

If you are DREADING the end of summer and playing-volleyball-outside-season, don’t sweat it (pun intended). Here are 9 books that will have you feeling sporty all year long without ever leaving the house!

If you love competition…

Game On edited by Laura Silverman

A charming and inclusive YA anthology all about games—from athletic sports to board games to virtual reality—from editor Laura Silverman and an all-star cast of contributors.

If you love ice skating…

Finding Her Edge by Jennifer Iacopelli

For fans of Emma Lord and Abbi Glines, Jennifer Iacopelli’s swoony, romantic new novel follows elite ice dancer Adriana Russo as she finds herself drawn to both her old dance partner and her new one.

If you love soccer…

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Love, Simon meets Bend It Like Beckham in this feel-good contemporary romance about a trans athlete who must decide between fighting for his right to play and staying stealth.

If you love skateboarding…

Skate for Your Life by Leo Baker

In this moving, personal story, professional skateboarder Leo Baker shares their journey within the sport and the importance of authenticity and allyship as a non-binary athlete.

If you love track…

They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman

From rising star Jessica Goodman, author of They Wish They Were Us, comes a new fast-paced thriller about two sisters vying for the top spot on their cross-country team—until a teammate’s disappearance throws their lives off course.

If you love gymnastics…

Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics.

Balancing the tenuous relationship between her teammates with unparalleled expectations, Audrey doesn’t need any more distractions. No matter what it takes, she’s not going to let anyone bring them down. But with painful revelations, incredible odds, and the very real possibility of falling at every turn, will Audrey’s determination be enough?

If you love surfing…

Beyond the Break by Heather Buchta

For fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han, Beyond the Break is a funny and gorgeous debut about a girl experiencing her first love. Well, second, if you count her faith… and that’s where things may get complicated.

If you love volleyball…

My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman

My Eyes Are Up Here is a razor-sharp debut about a girl struggling to rediscover her sense of self in the year after her body decided to change all the rules.

If you love wrestling…

Practice Girl by Estelle Laure

Get ready to meet Jo, manager of her high school wrestling team and badass who rejects her label and decides for herself who she is to the world. 

Penguin Teen