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Reading Riot: Heads Up Sports Fans!

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You hardly have to be a football fan to know that Super Bowl LII (52) is happening this Sunday. Practically a national holiday, the championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots is set to be played in Minneapolis (not being a huge fan, I had to look it up). I prefer watching the commercials, pre-game and half-time shows and, of course, eating lots of Super Bowl snacks!

Whether you’re looking forward to the big game or just want to read a good story, here are a few football-themed young adult book recommendations to get you in the spirit.

Mike Lupica has been called “the greatest sports writer for middle school readers.” A national sports columnist, he’s the author of multiple best-selling books. In Lone Stars, a former star player for the Dallas Cowboys and now a school coach starts exhibiting side effects from the concussions he suffered while playing professionally. But 12-year-old wide receiver Clay Hollis is determined to help him get through the football season. Vivid sports action and heartfelt emotion make this a must read for sports fans.

Book cover of football team

In Game Change by Joseph Monninger, 17-year-old Zeb Holloway is happy to work in his uncle’s auto repair shop and cruise through school without much effort. He’s a quarterback on his high school’s undefeated football team, but he never plays. Why would he when T. T. Munroe, the team’s first string quarterback, is around? That is, until T. T. is injured a week before the state championships. Now Zeb is starting QB and the pressure is on.

Backfield Boys by John Feinstein

Best friends and football players, Tom and Jason are a perfect pair as wide receiver and quarterback. After summer football camp at an elite Virginia boarding school, the boys are stoked to be invited back with full scholarships. But they are shocked when the coaches switch their positions and soon suspect it’s a racial issue. By speaking out they risk their scholarships and the chance to play. Sports writer Feinstein tells an electrifying story of friendship, football and the fight for justice.

Enjoy the Super Bowl with a side of sports stories!

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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