Kid Coach

      Fred Bowen

Kid Coach

The Tigers are in trouble.

Baseball season is underway and Coach Skelly just quit.

When Scott and his teammates can't find anyone to coach the team, it looks as if the Tigers' season might be over before it really begins.

But then the Tigers have an idea: what if one of them became coach? After all, some of the biggest names in baseball history were player-coaches. Why not a kid coach?

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    Real Hoops

      Fred Bowen

Real Hoops

Can street ball and technical play mix it up on the court and score wins for the team? Can Ben convince Hud to leave his hotshot style back on the pickup court?

Ben and Logan are looking forward to basketball season playing on the Roosevelt High School freshman team. Ben figures he's a shoo-in to play shooting guard and Logan will be the team's center. But their perfect team still needs a perfect point guard.

The two boys discover Antonio Hud Hudson at the local rec center, where fast-paced pickup games are the rule. Hud looks like just what the team needs—an instinctive passer with fancy moves. Even better, Hud is coming to Roosevelt!

Roosevelt's tough coach has one rule for the boys: no pickup basketball. Later, when Ben finds Hud playing at the rec center—in violation of the rules—he has to make a decision. Does he turn Hud in, or does he keep his mouth shut? As captain, can Ben somehow help Hud balance his passion for the game and his dedication to...

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    Double Reverse

      Fred Bowen

Double Reverse

The Franklin High Panthers need a new quarterback. Freshman Jesse Wagner knows the plays, but he feels he is too small to be QB material. Jesse's brother Jay has a problem of his own: his college coach wants him to switch from quarterback to safety. The brothers agree on a deal: Jesse will try out for quarterback, and Jay will try playing safety. Meanwhile, Jesse and his teammates recruit an unlikely kicker for their team—a girl named Savannah.

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    Out of Bounds

      Fred Bowen

Out of Bounds

There's "plenty of soccer action" in this story of a middle schooler who has to figure out how to balance good sportsmanship with the goal of winning (Booklist).
Eighth-grader Nate Osborne is a forward on his U-14 soccer team, the Strikers. He and the rest of his teammates are very competitive—especially when it comes to their rivals, the Monarchs. They want the Monarchs to lose so badly that they'll even root against them when they play other teams.
Then, during a game between the Strikers and the Monarchs, a boy on the opposing team gets injured, and Nate must decide between going for a goal or kicking the ball out of bounds as an act of sportsmanship. His aunt, who's also a soccer player, has taught him the importance of fair play, but when Nate stops the clock and sacrifices his chance to win the game, his teammates just don't understand.
From the author of the Sports Stories and All-Star Sport Stories series, as well as the kids'...

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    Go for the Goal!

      Fred Bowen

Go for the Goal!

Josh and his talented travel league soccer teammates are having trouble coming together as a successful team—until he convinces them to try team-building exercises.

Thirteen-year-old Josh tries out for the United, an elite travel league soccer team, and is thrilled when he makes the cut. But once the season is underway, he discovers that the practices are grueling and the other team members are prone to hogging the ball. All the other players are talented, but they each seem to be playing for themselves and not for the team. They can't seem to pull together enough to win a single game. Tired of always being in the losers bracket, Josh begins to wonder if he made a mistake by leaving his old team and his buddies. Should he quit the United?

But just when Josh is about to give up on his new team, he makes a discovery: While doing a homework assignment about the World Cup soccer championships, he learns that the 1999 United States Women's World Cup team faced similar...

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    Dugout Rivals

      Fred Bowen

Dugout Rivals

Jake Daley loves baseball. He loves playing for the Red Sox in the Woodside Baseball League. He loves playing short stop. Most of all, he loves to win.

So Jake is excited when new kid Adam Hull joins the team. Adam can do it all—pitch, hit and field. But soon Jake's excitement beings to fade. As the Red Sox rack up win after win, Adam's talents dominate every game. Jake can't help but wonder:

Do he and the other players even matter?

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