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First & Then by Emma Mills

Grades 9-12

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Devon Tennyson has a great life and is happy to watch school football games on Friday nights and secretly crush on her best friend Cas. Suddenly her cousin Foster is dropped in her lap and she has to find a way to shake him loose and continue as if he never existed.

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Just Don’t Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made It Down the Mountain by Josh Sundquist

Ages 18+

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Nine-year-0ld Josh Sundquist’s life changed forever when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and lost his left leg as a result of the cancer. He grew up in a small Virginia town and was home schooled with his siblings as his parents struggled to make ends meet. Then one day he attempts to ski for the first time on a nearby mountain. From then on he is determined to ski in the Paralympics, however, he still has academics, another cancer scare, and his physical abilities to worry about. He realizes that if he is to succeed, he has to persevere and conquer the mountain.

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Don’t Throw It To Mo! by David A. Adler

Grades K-1

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Don’t Throw It To Mo! by David A. Adler is a book about a boy named Mo who loves football. His coach teaches him to catch the ball when it’s wet and when it’s greasy. Suddenly it’s the end of the game and it’s up to Mo to make the winning catch. Can he do it? Read Don’t Throw It To Mo! by David A. Adler to find out!

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The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson

Grades 9-12

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From Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson comes a debut YA novel that everyone will enjoy. Charlotte, or Charlie, as she is known to family and friends, has a secret. She is training to win the gold in the Olympics. She spends all her time outside of school being the best gymnast she can be, until a certain someone throws her goal off – a guy who’s caught her eye. Can she balance her love life and her gymnastics career? Read The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson to find out.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

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Booked by Kwame Alexander

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Grades 8-12

Eighth grader Nick loves soccer and hates books. It’s ironic that his father is a verbomaniac (someone who is obsessed with words), and makes Nick read the dictionary on a daily basis.  If it weren’t for April, the girl Nick has a crush on, he probably would have never read a book of his own free will. April gives Nick a couple of books, and he loves them just as much as he loves soccer – well, almost. Alexander’s novel in verse is bound to hook soccer lovers and haters alike.