Let’s Hear It for the Girls!

Likely StoriesBooklist‘s Top 10 Sports Books for Youth from our September 1 issue has raised some ire in the blogosphere—and for good reason. Though the list features women authors, the eight fiction titles on the list feature male protagonists, and that’s neither reflective of reality nor particularly inspiring to young readers. As good librarians and readers should, they noticed and sent suggestions of sports fiction featuring girl protagonists. It’s a super list so far and a great reminder of the breadth of the topic—and below, we’ve incorporated into the list more of our own suggestions. Perhaps some of these will go the extra innings (or overtime, or whichever sports metaphor you prefer) to become oft-requested classics.

Thanks again, folks, for keeping us honest.

Babe Conquers the World, by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace

Being Sloane Jacobs, by Lauren Morrill

Blue Forty Two, by Faith Nhira

Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda KenneallyBreathe, Annie, Breathe, by Miranda Kenneally

Crossing the Ice, by Jennifer Comeaux

Forward Pass, by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Gold Medal Winter, by Donna Freitas

Head of the River, by Pip Harry

Hoop Dreams, by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

In Deep, by Terra Elan McVoy

Love Match, by Monica Seles

Maisy Plays Soccer, by Lucy Cousins

On the Road to Find Out, by Rachel Torr

Pick and Roll, by Kelsey Blair

Racing Savannah, by Miranda Kenneally

Spiked, by Steven Barwin

Take Me On, by Kate McGarry

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About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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