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Pressure to Succeed

Life in Motion

Today I’m combining two books about pursuing competitive, pressure-filled fields — dance and basketball. One is nonfiction, one fiction. Both are full of struggle, family difficulties, and the stress of expectations. Misty Copeland is a phenomenon, and her book is a gift to the many young people obsessed with ballet (or dance of any kind). […]

Muck City

Muck City

Bryan Mealer’s exploration of football and poverty in one small Florida town brings to mind other books about high school sports, such as Friday Night Lights and Michael D’Orso’s Eagle Blue. You probably know Mealer’s previous work, even if you don’t recognize the name. He wrote The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind with William Kamkwamba, […]

Heart of Iron: My Journey from Transplant Patient to Ironman Triathlete

Heart of Iron

Kyle Garlett is the first man to complete the Ironman World Championship with a donor heart. Teens will be amazed by his story, from his initial cancer diagnosis at age 18 through to the present, which he relates with humor and optimism. For more about Kyle, try a few of the media links on his […]

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente


In his new graphic novel, Wilfred Santiago captures the game of baseball, the life of one of its greatest players, and the culture in which Clemente lived. This is also the story of a humanitarian, and a man who struggled against racism. The book has a stylish website that mirrors the look of the graphic novel. […]

I Beat the Odds

I Beat the Odds

I vividly remember complaining loudly about having to read a football book during Thanksgiving vacation, 2006.  I was on the Alex Awards committee, and Michael Lewis’s The Blind Side (Norton, 2006) had just been nominated. I dragged it to my parent’s house, thinking I would leave it for my father or brother when when I was […]

Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone


Known as the “female Jackie Robinson,” Toni Stone played baseball from 1932 to 1954, defying both racial and gender barriers. She didn’t just play, she played with and as one of the best. For teens, this will hit home as not only a sports story, but also as the story of a young girl who […]