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Suggested Sports Fiction For Fifth Graders


Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons, all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems, and running away from them, until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.

Lacrosse firestorm by Matt Christopher

Eleven-year-old Garry, embarrassed when his unathletic brother joins his lacrosse team, faces a bigger problem when the team bully turns on both of them.

Lizzy Legend by Matthew Ross Smith
Mystery at Lake Placid by 1948- Roy MacGregor

The Screech Owls hockey team is on its way to New York for an international peewee tournament. But when the arrive, things start to go wrong. It looks as if someone is trying to sabotage the team. But who? And why?

Outfield outcast by Jake Maddox

Malcolm is used to being the star first-baseman of his middle school team, but this year he has serious competition from a former benchwarmer, so he finds himself stuck in the outfield and having to learn to put the team first.

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson
Also available in: e-book

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

Soccerland by Beth Choat

Two years after her mother's death of cancer, fourteen-year-old Flora leaves the family's Maine farm for Colorado's International Sports Academy, where fierce competition could end their dream of Flora playing for U.S. Soccer.

Trailblazer by Austin Aslan

Young Mace Blazer gets the chance to achieve his dream of becoming a TURBO racer, racing high-tech vehicles, when a reclusive, retired racer choses him to compete with three other children for a chance to enter the sport's biggest race.

Travel team by Mike Lupica
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

After he is cut from his travel basketball team -- the very same team that his father once led to national prominence -- twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.