Goalkeeper in Charge

Will Tina’s shyness ruin her chances to play keeper? Tina Esparza loves everything about soccer, especially the fact that it’s a team sport in which no one player stands out. That’s important to Tina, who is painfully shy and hates getting attention. So when she joins her new soccer team, she’s looking forward to becoming …

Dive Right In

Twelve-year-old Traci Winchell is a gifted gymnast, but lately she’s been having trouble-so much trouble that her coach warns her she may need to drop out or else risk serious injury. Traci is heartbroken. Without gymnastics, what sport is there for her to do? Then she meets a diving coach who says Traci might be …

Spike It!

Can Jamie learn to live with her new stepsister? When Jamie Bonner’s father remarries, Jamie’s life turns upside down. She’s not just getting a new mother, but a new sister her own age. Jamie tries hard to like Michaela, but Michaela seems to be better at everything than Jamie. Volleyball is the only thing Jamie …

Behind the Desk With Matt Christopher: The #1 Sportswriter for Kids

In 1954, Matt Christopher wrote and published The Lucky Baseball Bat and has since published more than one hundred twenty novels, making him the most prolific and bestselling sportswriter for children ever. With over 6 million copies sold, Matt’s books have a permanent place in the hearts of young sports fans. Throughout 2004, we celebrate …

On the Court with… Jennifer Capriati

Jennifer Capriati was a teen tennis phenom at age fourteen. Then, Capriati began to feel burdened by the pressures of fame, fortune, and the need to win. Three years after her professional debut, she left tennis to try to live the life of a normal teenager. After some very public mistakes, Capriati decided to turn …

On the Field With… Julie Foudy

Julie Foudy knows what it’s like to wear gold: She has first-place medals from the Women’s World Cup 1991, the 1996 Olympic Games, and the Women’s World Cup 1999. And she knows what it’s like to play a grueling soccer match in front of thousands of screaming fans and to sign autographs for hours after …

On the Court with…Venus and Serena Williams

The 25th title in this top-selling sports series reviews the lives of two of the best tennis stars in the country. Venus and Serena Williams have captured the attention of the tennis crowd like no pair has in recent years. Taken alone, each is a force to be reckoned with on the court. Booming serves …

Baseball Jokes and Riddles

What are the best kind of shoes to wear for stealing bases? Get ready to hold your sides and roll your eyes—America’s best-loved sports writer for children has let his sense of humor loose! This collection of wacky jokes, riddles, puns, and anecdotes about our favorite pastime is sure to liven up the diamond and …

Extreme Teams #6: Into the Danger Zone

Now that Charlie Abbott has finally settled in with his new group of friends, he is excited to introduce them to an old friend who is coming to visit. But when Pat–or Rick, as he is now known–steps out of the car, Charlie can’t help noticing how much he is changed. And the more time …