Looking for a great sports story with a female protagonist? Look no further!
Cross, Shauna. Derby Girl. 2007. 234p. When sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name “Babe Ruthless,” her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.
Fichera, Liz. Hooked. 2013. 363p.
Invited to become her varsity golf team’s only female member, Native American Fredericka Oday pursues a dream of earning a scholarship only to be challenged by spoiled golden boy Ryan Berenger, who resents Fred for replacing his best friend on the team.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Game Changer. 2012. 250p.
While playing in the championship softball game, star pitcher KT Sutton blacks out and awakes to a changed world where the roles of academics and sports at her middle school have flipped, making talented athletes, such as KT, outcasts and brainy nerds popular.
Halpin, Brendan. Shutout. 2010. 183p.
Fourteen-year-old Amanda and her best friend Lena start high school looking forward to playing on the varsity soccer team, but when Lena makes varsity and Amanda only makes junior varsity, their long friendship rapidly changes.
Kenneally, Miranda. Catching Jordan. 2011. 283p.
Jordan Woods is the female captain and quarterback of her high school football team and is fine with being treated like “one of the guys,” as long as she lands an athletic scholarship for college, but when a new kid shows up, Jordan gets competition for her starting position and discovers she is developing a crush.
Kenneally, Miranda. Breathe, Annie, Breathe. 2014. 311p.
To honor her dead boyfriend and cope with her grief and guilt, college student Annie trains for a marathon with athletic Jeremiah, who flirts with Annie on the trails and makes her feel alive and happy and guilty all at the same time.
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy Queen. 2006. 274p. (Dairy Queen 1)
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. The Off Season. 2007. 277p. (Dairy Queen 2)
High school junior D.J. staggers under the weight of caring for her badly injured brother, her responsibilities on the dairy farm, a changing relationship with her friend Brian, and her own athletic aspirations.
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Front and Center. 2009. 256p. (Dairy Queen 3)
This season, D.J. Schwenk steps behind the free-throw line to face the perils of love and life in this highly-anticipated final book of the Dairy Queen trilogy.
Schindler, Holly. Playing Hurt. 2011. 303p.
Chelsea Keyes, a high school basketball star whose promising career has been cut short by a terrible accident on the court, and Clint Morgan, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player who gave up his sport following a game-related tragedy, meet at a Minnesota lake resort and find themselves drawn together by the losses they suffered.
Skilton, Sarah. Bruised. 2013. 274p.
When she freezes during a hold-up at a local diner, sixteen-year-old Imogen, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has to rebuild her life, including her relationship with her family and the boy who was with her during the shoot-out.
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. 2011. 409p.
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line – alive.
Van Draanen, Wendelin. The Running Dream. 2011. 336p.
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help her rekindle her dream of running again.