Holiday Shopping Guide: For The Sports Lover

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Sports Palooza Radio co-hosts Lisa Iannucci and Ej “The Rainmaker” Garr are excited about the holiday season, but know how tough it can be to find a perfect gift for a teen who loves sports. How about a book?

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The Walk On by John Feinstein
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 9th 2014
Alex Myers is a triple threat – great at football, basketball, and baseball. But when he moves to a new town, Alex’s dream quarterback position is already filled. Alex may be a better player, but Matt has the coach’s loyalty. Their rivalry takes a turn for the worse when Alex’s drug test comes back positive – and Alex doesn’t know if it’s an accident or sabotage.
Podium Finish by Beth Pond
After failing to make the junior Olympic skating team their first year, friends and perfectionists Harper and Alex must rely on each other to climb to the top.

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 3rd 2007
Deuker’s award-winning book follows running back Mick Johnson as he looks to find an edge on his competition – even if that edge is against the rules.

Shredded by Karen Avivi
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: April 19th 2013
If your daughter prefers BMX to basketball, Avivi’s book is for her. Josie Peters will do anything to qualify for the Ultimate BMX freestyle event the summer before her senior year – and when her best chance for success is a relationship with flashy rider R.T. Torres, she has to decide how much she’ll sacrifice and what she’s trying to win.

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Payback Time by Carl Deuker
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 1st 2010
Fat high school journalist named Mitch notices that Angel seems to have no past – though he has incredible talent on the field. Mitch needs to know: is he an undercover cop, or an ineligible player? The truth could make a great story – or shock everybody.

A Game Worth Watching by Samantha Gudger
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: January 15th 2013
Emma wants to play basketball with the guys her senior year. But when the high school basketball coach recruits her to join the girls’ team, Emma feels lost. How is she supposed to know how to be one of the girls when all she’s ever been is one of the guys?

Unstoppable by Tim Green
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: September 18th 2012
If anyone understands the phrase “tough luck,” it’s Harrison. Once a foster kid in a cruel home, Harrison is brought into a new home with loving parents – and his new dad is even a football coach. On the field, Harrison’s nearly unstoppable, but when he gets injured, it will take every ounce of Harrison’s determination not to give up for good.

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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 1st 2012
This young people’s version of the adult bestseller follows the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of diverse refugees from around the world, and their female coach Luma Mufleh.

The Game of My Life: A True Story Of Challenge, Triumph, and Growing Up Autistic by Jason J-Mac McElwain and Daniel Paisner
Publisher: NAL
Release Date: February 5th 2008
On February 15, 2006, the Greece Athena Trojans high school basketball team took the court for the final game of the regular season. With four minutes and nineteen seconds left on the clock, the coach sent autistic Jason McElwain on to play. He scored twenty points, including a school record six three- pointers.

Podium Finish by Beth Pond
Publisher: Astraea Press
Release Date: November 14th 2013
After failing to make the junior Olympic skating team their first year, friends and perfectionists Harper and Alex must rely on each other to climb to the top.

Ej “The Rainmaker” is the co-host of Sports Palooza Radio, a sports writer and blogger.

Lisa Iannucci is the co-host of Sports Palooza Radio, an author of 10 books and a celebrity writer.

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