You Asked, We Answered: Sports Fiction & Short Stories

January 28th, 2018 by

On January 19th, Daniel asked us for some book recommendations:

I am looking for a good book but it takes to long to find one . I like sports realistic fiction and short stories do you know a good book for me.

Thanks for sending your question, Daniel!

Sports Realistic Fiction:

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, let’s kick off with sports books. (Get it? Kick off! Ha ha ha. I slay myself…)

  • To get in the mood for this year’s match-up between the Patriots and the Eagles, look no further than this list of Books for the Super Bowl.
  • For other sports, check out this Super Sports booklist, with stories involving hockey, baseball, swimming, and more.
  • When I think of sports novels, two authors jump to mind right away: Mike Lupica and Tim Green. Kidsmomo readers like you have shared reviews for several of Lupica and Green’s books (such as RivalsThe Underdogs, and Heat), so see what they have to say!
  • Until recently, I would have said that sports realistic fiction = novels. But author Kwame Alexander proves that sports realistic fiction = poetry too! Check out Kidsmomo reader reviews for his two sports books in verse: The Crossover (about basketball) and Booked (about soccer).

Short Stories:

And now, time for a short list of short stories. (Get it? A short list of short stories! Ha ha ha ha ha. I slayed myself again…) Official descriptions from the authors and book publishers:

tales-from-outer-suburbiaTales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
Tales from Outer Suburbia is an anthology of 15 very short illustrated stories. Each one is about a strange situation or event that occurs in an otherwise familiar suburban world; a visit from a nut-sized foreign exchange student, a sea creature on someone’s front lawn, a new room discovered in a family home, a sinister machine installed in a park, a wise buffalo that lives in a vacant lot.

wayside-school-seriesWayside School Series by Louis Sachar
There’d been a terrible mistake. Wayside School was built with 30 classrooms one on top of the other instead of next to each other! (The builder said he was very sorry.) That may be why all kinds of funny things happen at Wayside School… especially on the 13th floor. You’ll meet Mrs. Gorf, the meanest teacher of all; terrible Todd, who always gets sent home early; and John, who can read only upside down — along with all the other kids in the crazy mix-up school that came out sideways.

Guys Read books by 90+ authorsguys-read-funny-business
Check out any or all of the Guys Read Library of Great Reading short story collections: Funny Business, True Stories, The Sports Pages, Other Worlds, Thriller, Terrifying Tales, Heroes and Villains.

scary_storiesScary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz
Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death — they’re all here in this chilling collection of ghost stories. Make sure you read these books with the light ON!

13-thirteen-stories13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen
[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up.] Thirteen. It’s an age of wonder… or dread. The best year of your life… or maybe the worst ever. You’ve just become an official teenager, even though you’re not quite sure you feel like one, but you’re no longer a kid, either. Here, from 14 different points of view, are stories about that wonderful, terrible time. The big bar mitzvah that goes suddenly, wildly, hilariously out of control. A first kiss — and a realization about one’s sexual orientation. A crush on a girl that ends up putting the boy who likes her in the hospital. A pair of sneakers that a kid has to have, no matter what. Written by some of today’s finest writers for young adults, these stories — by turns funny and sad, wrenching and moving — truly capture the agony and ecstasy of being 13.

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    San Francisco 49ers by Marcia Zappa

    December 24th, 2015 by

    San Francisco 49ers by Marcia ZappaSubmitted by Daniel, Age 9 from Connecticut

    Rating: ★★★★☆

    If your a big fan of the 49ers then read this book right now.the reason why is its tells you facts about the 49ers history of how many super bowls they won and tells you facts.

    Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four by John Feinstein

    January 15th, 2015 by

    Last Dance Behind the Scenes at the Final Four[Note from Kidsmomo: This book was published for adults.]

    Submitted by Alex, Age 17 from Ohio

    Rating: ★★★★★

    I read the book “Last Dance”. As a player, I feel that this book captures the feel of what the Final Four would be like. It does a great job of showing all of the aspects of the game. whether that would be coaching, playing, or referring. It does a great job of capturing the feel of one of the greatest sporting events. It is a great book to read if you like basketball, or any sports.

    Fourth Down and Inches by Carla Killough McClafferty

    December 12th, 2014 by

    Fourth Down and Inches Football_Carla Killough McClaffertySubmitted by Marcus, Age 11 from Rhode Island

    Rating: ★★★★★

    By Carla Killough McClafferty

    Do you like football. Well this book tells a lot of facts about football. Like the biggest tackles,the moves and how to carry the ball. In conclusion i think this book is recommend for people that like football.

    Marcus H

    On the Court with… Dwight Howard by Matt Christopher

    February 22nd, 2012 by

    Submitted by Dawson, Age 12 from New York

    Rating: ★★★★½

    Dwight Howard by Matt Christopher is a great biography. Dwight Howard got drafted to the NBA right out of high school. He was so good he didn’t even have to go to college. Now he is one of the best players in the NBA, right now he plays for the Orlando Magic. Before his career is over he should be able to get an NBA championship. I loved this book, so you should too because I am picky.

    Books for the Super Bowl

    February 4th, 2012 by

    Hi everyone. My name is Nancy, and I don’t know anything about football.

    Hey, I’m not completely inept at sports… I can follow basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and some others pretty well! Just not, you know, the most popular sport in America. 🙁 I’ve asked friends to explain it to me, but it just doesn’t never gets through. Since this Sunday is THE BIG GAME, I thought I’d tackle this problem the old-fashioned book-nerd way. By reading about it. (And yes, I realize that making a football pun was very old-fashioned and book-nerdy.)

    Check out my new reading list — I might not be able to finish them all by Sunday, but at least I’ll be prepared for next year!

    Football Genius
    by Tim Green
    (former Atlanta Falcons linebacker)
    After watching a couple plays, Troy White knows the outcome of every football game — not just a guess, but an accurate prediction of each play. He wants to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons (of course), but that might come at a price…



    Kickoff! by Tiki Barber (former New York Giant) and Ronde Barber (Tampa Bay Buccaneer)
    Junior high is a few days off, and that doesn’t just mean new books and backpacks… For Tiki and Ronde, it means finally playing for the Hidden Valley Eagles, their junior high! Even though Tiki and Ronde are both giant buccaneers now, they were once young students like you.

    Getting a little overloaded by puns? 🙁 Okay…



    The Great Quarterback Switch by Matt Christopher
    Twin brothers Michael and Tom Curtis both love football — but sadly, Michael has to watch from the sidelines in a wheelchair. Their neighbor Ollie claims that if they concentrate hard enough — especially because they have a special bond as twins — they can communicate telephatically with each other. So how does that play out on the field?


    Special Mention: Kick the Football, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schultz and Judy Katschke
    This book might be a breeze of a read for many Kidsmomo-ers, but I just can’t resist mentioning poor Charlie Brown. Why, Lucy, WHHHHHHHY?!

    What are your favorite football-related books? Let me know in the comments so I can add it to my to-read list!



    Even though she’s lived in the USA most of her life, sometimes Nancy still gets “football” confused with what Americans call “soccer”… even though she played soccer* growing up. No, it doesn’t make any sense.

    *Go Stingrays 1991!

    More about Nancy »


    Sports Illustrated Kids All Access – Guest Book Review

    November 20th, 2010 by

    sports-illustrated-kids-all-access-book-reviewToday, we have a guest book review from a friend of ours, Brent Lazo. He’s a huge sports fan and has even written for a sporting news website, so when we got a copy of the newest book from Sports Illustrated Kids, we knew he’d be just the right person to give it a spin. Check out his take on the book:

    Ever wonder what it’s like inside your favorite team’s locker room? Well, it’s probably not that different from the one you have in your school gym — wait, you DO get your own personal flat-screen HDTV and Playstation 3, right? Okay, maybe not, but each player on the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks does! And this is just one of the very cool inside looks at the world of sports in Sports Illustrated Kids All Access.

    The book gives you three unique views into professional sports, from the athletes that wow us, to the amazing state-of-the-art places where it all goes down and the gear these athletes can’t do without. You’ve probably seen Derek Jeter hit a baseball, but do you have any idea how his bat was made? Did you know that every bat Jeter uses is etched with his signature, and that he goes through about 100 of them each season? Sports Illustrated Kids All Access even shows you a close-up view of what actually makes up the inside of the baseball that Jeter is trying to smash into the outfield bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium.

    I really enjoyed Sports Illustrated Kids All Access. It’s very visual, and the great detailed photos make you feel like you’re right there in the thick of the action. One of my favorite parts of the book is the Places section. You go behind Fenway Park’s famed Green Monster to see how one of two remaining manual scoreboards in the MLB is operated during game time, and take a look at how the crew at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center can turn an ice hockey arena into a basketball venue in just a few hours. I’ve always been amazed by the magnitude of professional sporting events, so learning about some of these inner workings was pretty awesome.

    If you like sports, then you’ll probably enjoy Sports Illustrated Kids All Access as much as I did. It’s a book that you just might find yourself flipping back through the next time you watch your favorite team play.

    — Brent

    Brent enjoys music, sports, the Charlotte Bobcats, and reading nonfiction; and he used to carry a 204 bowling average. These days, he can often be found training for his next half-marathon.

    Review copy provided by the publisher.

    Kidsmomo Podcast #18: “We Are THE CHAMPIONS!”

    February 9th, 2010 by

    We’re no ESPN commentators, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good sports book every now and then. From soccer to baseball to football — even sled dog racing! — our latest podcast covers them all.

    So grab your cleats/mitt/helmet/bobsled and take a listen:

      Download the MP3 (12.6 MB)

    • Sports memories from us and Avi! — aka our mystery book revealed
    • In the outfield, over hill, and on the gridiron — our sports book picks, plus one from you (Out Standing in My Field, Stone Fox, and Million-Dollar Throw)
    • Nancy’s past as a sports champion (WHA?!)

    And don’t forget: in honor of Valentine’s Day, our next theme is romance! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these books involving romance that’ll make you swoon — in a good way.
    — Nancy and Karen

    PS – In Part 1 of the podcast, Karen mentions her favorite scuba diving experience and Nancy mentions an embarrassing snowboarding moment. Here’s digital proof of both (in the video, Nancy’s the one in white):


    Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica

    February 9th, 2010 by

    million_dollar_throwReviewed by: Michael, Age 12 from Rhode Island

    Rating: ★★★★★

    This book is about a boy named Nate “Brady” who has a chance to win a million dollars at a patriots game. His best friend has an eye condition that someday she will go blind. Will Nate make the through and help his friend get her eyesight back?

    Book Trailer: S.O.R. Losers

    February 2nd, 2010 by

    This book trailer for S.O.R. Losers was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Sports theme. For more on S.O.R. Losers, check out our “We Are THE CHAMPIONS!” podcast.

    What happens when you take a group of kids who hate sports, and you force them to play soccer against actual teams from other schools? Disaster, that’s what.

    Watch the video for Avi’s S.O.R. Losers to see how their first game unfolds…

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