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Books about sport

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Here's a booklist that bursts through the finishing line.

Whether you prefer football or cycling, ballet or basketball, there's something for everyone on our list, which is perfect for children aged 8-14 years-old.

  • Keeper

    Author: Mal Peet

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  • Keeper

    Author: Mal Peet

    In this excellent football story, set in modern-day South America, a hackneyed football reporter sits down with El Gato (the Cat),…

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  • Fat Boy Swim

    Author: Catherine Forde

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  • Fat Boy Swim

    Author: Catherine Forde

    This is a wonderful story, brilliantly told in the Glaswegian dialect, and despite containing distressing accounts of bullying, it…

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  • Tall Story

    Author: Candy Gourlay

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  • Tall Story

    Author: Candy Gourlay

    Engagingly told in alternate chapters by four-foot, thirteen year-old Andi, in the UK, and her eight-foot, sixteen year-old half b…

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  • Wonder Goal

    Author: Michael Foreman

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  • Wonder Goal

    Author: Michael Foreman

    Being the new boy on the football team is no fun, especially for one little boy who trips over the shoelaces his team-mates have t…

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

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  • Roller Girl

    Author: Victoria Jamieson

    It’s really exciting to be starting at Roller Derby summer camp, but less so when Astrid finds herself doing it alone. A fantastic…

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  • Dream On

    Author: Bali Rai

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  • Dream On

    Author: Bali Rai

    Much to the disapproval of his parents, Baljit is mad on football and when he is invited to trials at Leicester City, he has to li…

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  • Splash

    Author: Charli Howard

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  • Splash

    Author: Charli Howard

    Molly is passionate about swimming but is having to deal with a domineering friend and a difficult home life. A sensitive novel th…

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  • Seconds Out

    Author: Dan Tunstall Illustrator: Dave Shephard

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  • Seconds Out

    Author: Dan Tunstall Illustrator: Dave Shephard

    Andy Cope’s self-worth centres on his reputation as the hardest lad in Year 10 – a reputation he frequently has to fig…

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  • Max the Champion

    Author: Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick Illustrator: Ros Asquith

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  • Max the Champion

    Author: Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick Illustrator: Ros Asquith

    This inclusive book is about a boy who loves sport, his friends, and school - and has a vivid imagination

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  • Air

    Author: Lisa Glass

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  • Air

    Author: Lisa Glass

    Iris travels far away to a surfing competition with her boyfriend, Zeke, but when they are both far away from what they know, Iris…

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  • Rugby Flyer

    Author: Gerard Siggins

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  • Rugby Flyer

    Author: Gerard Siggins

    Vividly drawn, engaging characters and short, sparky chapters keep the action fast-paced in this absorbing story set at a rugby sc…

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