The Crossover by Kwame Alexander - YA F Ale
Twins Josh (nicknamed "Filthy McNasty" for his mad b-ball skills) and Jordan (JB) have always been close thanks to supportive parents and their love of the game. However, their relationship starts to change as JB starts crushing on the new girl. Will this tiff always exist? Will their on-the-court game skills and off-the-court *game* with the ladies suffer? Will the brothers be able to grow into their own persons?
Slam! by Walter Dean Myers - YA F Mye
Greg "Slam" Harris is a junior in high school new to Latimer Arts Magnet School in the the Bronx. Despite his *slammin'* skills on the court, he's struggling off the court with algebra, girls, an alcoholic father, a best friend who is asking for trouble, and a dying grandma. Slam wants to become a famous basketball player (or a movie producer if the NBA doesn't want him), but maybe he needs to concentrate on everything beyond the foul lines just as much as the game inside them. Will he learn how to succeed at life as much as at basketball?
Upgrade U by Ni-Ni Simone- YA F Sim
Seven has just started college at Stiles University in New Orleans. She seems to be living the fairytale life: hot basketball player boyfriend, life away from the hood, and her bestie is her roomie. But when her boyfriend starts attracting other girls' eyes and a cute Southern boy starts charming Seven, she has some decisions to make concerning Prince Charming.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - YA F Ale + Libby
Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington and spends all of his free time playing basketball and drawing cartoons. Like all of his friends and family, Junior expects to live and die on the rez, but a teacher who sees much more in Junior encourages him to transfer to the rich white school. But that seems to make life even harder. According to everyone on the rez, he thinks he's too good for them, and everyone at his new school looks down their noses at him. Will Junior find his place in the white man's world? Will he win back the respect of his friends on the rez? Will basketball help him accomplish those seemingly impossible feats?
This Is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister - Libby
Travis's life sucks: his mom is a homeless heroin-addict, he lives in a trailer park with his grandparents, his grandma is dying of cancer, his grandpa smokes her medical marijuana, and he can't seem to get in his anger under control concerning rejoining his high school's basketball team. But, thankfully, basketball gives him some peace of mind-- as do his friends. A hot girl across the lake does, too. It's a hard-knock life they scrape themselves into, but humor helps.
Foul Trouble by John Feinstein - Libby
Terrell Jamerson is the #1 high school basketball player in the country. It's thanks to that talent that he and friend Danny are invited to an elite summer basketball camp. There, they receive perks, media attention, and are tempted with bribes. But's only the first taste of what will be a grueling and recruitment-heavy senior year. By the time spring rolls around, which schools with Terrell and Danny choose? Will they fall for the headhunting? How will it affect their game?