Graphic Sports Novels

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There’s a certain inescapable thrill that’s present in every sports game.

With the motion of a goalie stretching their body to stop the whooshing of a football or the bounce of a basketball in the face of a winding shot clock, teams (and audiences) inch closer to victory or defeat in every game.

In this selection of fiction and nonfiction graphic sports novels, teens will be able to feel the excitement of the games and catch a glimpse of the personal lives of the athletes.

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Check, Please! Book 1, #Hockey!

Eric Bittle loves three things: skating, baking pies, and vlogging. Somehow, that combination has landed him a scholarship at Massachusetts’ Samwell University, where he joins the ice hockey team. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Dragon Hoops

Gene Luen Yang details the championship drive made by the basketball team at the high school where he teaches. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Fantasy Sports. No. 1

A young explorer and her musclebound friend go treasure hunting in a mummy’s tomb, but if they want to get rich, they’re going to have to best the mummy in a game of hoops! Can they trust their bandaged adversary to play by the rules? Or will they be stuck in the tomb forever? 

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated Blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn’t stop him from becoming a world-class athlete. 

Spinning 

Graphic memoir about competitive figure skating, the growing pains of becoming a teen, exploring sexual identity, and finding a new dream. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.