Need a little more punch from your page turners? We hear you, sports fans. These sporty books are guaranteed to win you over. From underdogs to champions; from Olympic champs to YouTubers – these reads make quite the A-Team.
Extra Time by Morris Gleitzman
It really is a funny old game, isn’t it? After making jaws drop with his incredible footie skills, 13-year-old Matt is offered the chance to join a Premiership football team! Naturally, his younger sister and manager (yep, manager!) – as well as the narrator of Matt’s adventure – Bridie, hops along for the ride and guides us through one wacky adventure on and off the pitch. A story of fun, fame, fortune, family and friendship can be found in this funny old book, by bestselling author Morris Gleitzman.
Tennis Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Game. Set. Match. A swift serve certainly runs in the blood of the four red-headed Heath children. Following in the footsteps of their grandfather and father before them, the children are all set to become the next generation of tennis champions in their family. But as they’ll learn, to become champions will require games to be won and lessons to be learned - on and off the court. The funny, charming and timeless Tennis Shoes – part of the Noel Streatfeild’s Shoes collection – is a must for tennis fans.
Cycling for Gold by Owen Slot
All of our sporting heroes had to start somewhere and the same goes for Sam, the speediest boy on his paper delivery round. Before long, Sam’s boss spots his talent for cycling and soon enough, the wheels of his adventure are in motion as he prepares to go for gold in the Olympic Velodrome. But can Sam handle the bumpy road ahead? Author Owen Slot brings his years of knowledge as a top sports journalist into the pages of Cycling for Gold, tangling cycling facts and figures into Sam’s inspiring story.
Tamarind Stars: Sporting Heroes by Ruth Redford
Get reacquainted with the best of the best in Tamarind Stars: Sporting Heroes – these superhumans have their own sporting stories to tell! From boxer Amir Khan to distance runner Mo Farrah; 400m-whizz Christine Ohuruogu to gymnast Louis Smith; you’ll pick up sporting secrets, fascinating facts and never-before-seen sporty snaps! Aspiring sporting stars will also find tips on how to get into their favourite sports and follow in the footsteps of their heroes.
The Audition by Maddie Ziegler
The Audition is the first novel from the talented Dance Moms superstar Maddie Ziegler, written in collaboration with Julia DeVillers. The main character is 12-year-old dancer, Harper. As the superstar of her dance school, Harper has everything going for her, but that all changes when her parents announce that they are moving. Luckily, Harper is soon accepted into the famous DanceStarz. But the stakes are higher – way higher. The dancing is fiercer and her teammates are… well, difficult! Some serious moves will be needed to tackle these turn of events…
The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop by Clare Balding
Like so many girls her age, 10-year-old Charlie LOVES ponies – so imagine her delight when she manages to buy her very own racehorse! There’s just one problem. Her ‘racehorse’ Noble Warrior won’t gallop! Actually, it’s far worse than that – he won’t even shuffle out of his stable without his bestie by his side; a pony named Percy who has a small – okay, big – farting problem. But Charlie sees a champion inside Noble Warrior and she’s determined to show it to the world! National treasure Clare Balding brings her love of horses and riding into this humorous and touching story. This is “a heart-warming story with a great girl power message”, said Jacqueline Wilson herself.
Thrills, Skills and Molehills by ChrisMD
To be the ultimate Sunday League footballer, you have to think, train and eat (greasy sausage rolls from the village caf, apparently) like the ultimate Sunday League footballer – YouTube star ChrisMD. In his very first book, Thrills, Skills and Molehills, YouTube phenomenon ChrisMD shares the secrets to his incredible online success and talks about his passion for the beautiful game. Look out for behind-the-scenes photos from filming his videos, embarrassing admissions and even links to hidden YouTube content!
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Victoria Jamieson’s award-winning graphic novel Roller Girl follows young Astrid as she tries to stay on her skates during one seriously bumpy summer. When Astrid heads to a roller derby camp for the summer, she assumes her BFF Nicole will be there, skating right by her side – but she soon discovers that Nicole is off to a dance camp instead, and what’s worse - she’s going with Astrid’s biggest rival! Join our roller girl, Astrid, as she takes on the roller derby camp solo, figuring out who she is without Nicole by her side.
Spot Plays Football by Eric Hill
It’s a lovely day outside, so Spot and his animal friends decide it’s the perfect weather to get some exercise and have a little kickabout. But who will score the most goals in the football match? Spot’s team, or Helen’s team? Join Spot and his footie-loving friends as they learn that although it’s exciting to win any game, it’s actually the taking part – and of course, the fun – that really counts.