Last Shot: A Final
Four Mystery by John Feinstein (MYS FEI)
After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie
and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament where
they discover that a player is being blackmailed.
Ball Don't Lie
by Matt De La Pena (F PEN)
Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at
Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he
is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that
threaten his dream.
by Carl Deuker (F DEU)
While trying to prove that he is good enough to play on his high
school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his
others by Walter Dean Myers (F MYE)
Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy
basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a
chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.
Box Out by
John Coy (F COY)
High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the
varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his
coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide
Foul Lines: A
Pro-Basketball Novel by Jack McCallum (F MAC)
Months after his graduation from Yale, Jamal Kelly joins the front
office of the Los Angeles Lasers and finds himself thrown into the
fast-paced sport's world, filled with big egos, fast cars, loose
women, and high-stakes.
by Thu-Huong Ha (F HA)
Basketball champ and ladies' man, seventeen-year-old Caesar is
popular and conceited and doesn't care what anyone thinks of him,
until a new girl arrives at his school and changes his attitude.
The Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (F SIT)
Andre Anderson is a black teenager who loves to play basketball.
When he is viciously attacked, it calls his whole world into
question--even his deadly jumpshot.
The Perfect Shot by Elaine Alphin (F ALP)
Brian uses basketball to block out memories of his girlfriend and
her family who were murdered; however, the upcoming trial and a high
school history assignment forces him to face the past.
Rat by Jan Cheripko (F CHE)
A birth defect prevents 15-year-old Jeremy Handler from being able
to compete. Still, he hangs out in the gym so much that his nickname
is Rat--short for "gym rat." After Jeremy witnesses the basketball
team's coach molesting a cheerleader and testifies against the coach
in court, he finds himself shunned and tormented by the furious
Dreams: A True Story of Hardship and Triumph
by Ben Joravsky (920
A biography of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two promising high
school basketball players in Chicago whose experiences were captured
in the documentary film "Hoop Dreams."
The Punch : One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That
Changed Basketball Forever by John Feinstein
With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports,
John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night
in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between
the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington
delivered a punch that nearly killed All-Star Rudy Tomjanovich. The
punch -- now legendary in the annals of American sports -- radically
changed the trajectory of both men's lives and reverberates
throughout the National Basketball Association to this day.
Feinstein's compelling investigation of this single cataclysmic
incident and its after-math casts a light on the NBA's darkest
secrets, revealing the true price men pay when they choose a career
Longhorn Hoops: The History of Texas Basketball
by Richard Pennington (796.323
Provides year-by-year coverage of the men's basketball program at
the University of Texas from 1906 to 1998 and the women's basketball
program from 1900 to 1998.
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down : Kentucky, Texas
Western, and the Game That Changed American Sports by
Frank Fitzpatrick (796.323
Late on the night of March 19, 1966, in the University of Maryland's
Cole Field House, five unassuming black men from Texas Western
stepped onto the court to face five white men from the University of
Kentucky. On the surface, this was just another basketball game. But
there were hidden forces at work. Kentucky's legendary coach, Adolph
Rupp, had resisted the pleading of his president to recruit his
first black player in thirty-six years. Meanwhile, Texas Western
administrators were concerned that coach Don Haskins was playing too
many blacks. Almost everyone believed the game's result was a
foregone conclusion: There was no way Texas Western's unheralded
blacks could beat Rupp's mighty Kentucky Wildcats, featuring
All-America Pat Riley. Yet Texas Western did win and American sports
embarked on a new era. Sociologically and historically it was the
most significant game ever in college athletics.
To Hate Like This is to be Happy Forever : A Thoroughly
Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased
Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry
by Will Blythe (796.323
Chronicles the history of the intense basketball rivalry between
Duke and North Carolina, and explains how the rivalry has led to
deeper resentments and biases in the South.
Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon
Kid and His Journey to the NBA
by Lance Allred (B ALL)
Lance Allred, a nearly seven-foot-tall basketball player who signed
on as a rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008, shares the
story of his life, telling how he overcame the challenges of
obsessive-compulsive disorder, deafness, injury, and a childhood
spent in a polygamist commune in Montana, to realize his dream of
playing in the NBA.
Tip Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball
Forever by Filip Bondy (796.323
Offers a comprehensive overview of the 1984 NBA draft, explaining
why it became one of the most controversial sporting draft's in
history and how it made a lasting impact on the sport and its
by LeBron James (796.323
Provides an account of the Shooting Stars, a group of boys from
Akron, Ohio, including NBA star LeBron James, who first met on a
youth basketball team and formed lasting bonds of friendship while
growing up and aspiring to win a national title in high school.
Tim Duncan, LeBron James,
Grant Hill, Shaquille O'Neal, Phil Jackson, Nicole Louden, Magic
Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, David Robinson, Michael Jordan,
Tyrone Bogues, Larry Bird, Allen Iverson, Jeremy Lin