March Madness: Get Ready with YA Basketball Books

Cindy: My Indiana Hoosiers will not be making a lot of noise in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament—you have to actually be in the tournament to do that. Without a real horse in the race, I won’t have to watch quite as closely this year, which gives me more time for basketball-themed reading.

Bookends followers will probably remember that Lynn and I like to read and blog about a basketball book every March. My bookshelf is loaded with a full Final Four this year, one of them a new Chris Crutcher book with a starred Booklist review. I need to put the finishing touches on my bracket and swoop into my reading with a fierce finger roll (thanks, Kwame) while I cheer on the four Big Ten teams that made the dance. #nextyearIU

After the Shot Drops, by Randy Ribay

Hooper, by Geoff Herbach

Losers Bracket, by Chris Crutcher

Rebound, by Kwame Alexander

Lynn: My Purdue Boilermakers DID make the tournament this year, but even as I Boiler Up, I have to say that years of experience have taught me not to count my bracket victories before the buzzer sounds. I’m SO glad to have these four books to console me if necessary!

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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