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Football Fiction for Teens

These football themed novels explore the pressures and rewards of playing team sports. These picks will appeal to both fans and players.
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Series: Orca Soundings
by Eric Walters
Michael "The Moose" Monroe is a winning tackle on his high school's football team. He would love to earn a college scholarship and play for the NFL, but just how far will Michael go to fulfill his dream? His will is tested when the new coach encourages h
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Ultimate Sports: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults
by Donald R. Gallo
This collection of short stories offers readers insight into how teenagers and sports are often closely linked. These stories look at how sports build self-esteem and teamwork, but can cause physical and psychological injuries as well.
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Gym Candy
by Carl Deuker

Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick. He works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year and then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, with disastrous results.

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by Thomas Cochran
High school senior Travis Cody, preparing for the state championship game against arch-rival Pineview and his nemesis Jericho Grooms, learns about the importance of football and community as he goes through his day in Oil Camp, Louisiana.
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Necessary Roughness
by Marie G. Lee
Sixteen-year-old Korean American Chan moves from Los Angeles to a small town in Minnesota, where he must cope not only with racism on the football team but also with the tensions in his relationship with his strict father.
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