Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Write Your Story

It's HWPL’s 10th Year! for
National Novel Writing Month

To celebrate HWPL's 10 years of participation in the world's largest writing challenge you are invited to join our write-ins, lectures, workshops, and celebrations of the written word in many forms. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words during the month of November. 
However, if that is too daunting a challenge - just set your own goal in NanoWriMo's Young Writers Program which supports K-12 students. Instead of the 50,000 word goal, you set your own word goal for the month.
Click here for details:  

See NaNoWriMo's YouTube Channel: 

Write on any theme, in any genre. The aim is to write, using the Nov. 30th deadline as incentive to get the story going and to put words to paper. The focus is word goal completion not perfection. To finish a first draft for later editing.

Schedule of Events October - December

Former Detective Sergeant Turned Author: Bruce Robert Coffin  Fri. Oct. 5, 10:30 –11:30                  
How do you retire from 27 years in law enforcement (homicide/violent crime investigations & counter-terrorism with the FBI)? You write crime novels and stories!

NaNo Newbies Q&A  Sat. Oct. 13, 2-3                   
For those interested in finding out a little more about the camaraderie and writing frenzy that is November's National Novel Writing Month.

The Electric Myth: The Evolution of Creepypasta Tue. Oct. 23 at 7  
Slenderman. The Rake. The Seedeater. Ted the Caver. The internet has become the new forum for our fear. In this presentation we'll look  at some of the more famous creepypastas, the psychology behind why they scare us and investigate the more popular forms of their stories on the web.

Opening Day Write-In Thur. Nov. 1, 10-8
Start strong by popping by our First Day Frenzy.            
Come when you can, leave when you like.

Books and Their History, the Artistic Version
Fri. Nov. 2 at 10:30 
Featuring books made from palm leaves, wood, silk, and vellum that are rolled, folded, and strung as well as sewn. See how contemporary artists are experimenting with the book form, too.

from 10-3:45  Come write in! Get cracking on your novel and stay strong with supportive write-ins.

DIY Book Making for Writers, Poets & Graphic Novelists Wed. Nov. 7 at 7 
Learn to make a variety of simple book forms that require no special materials, tools, or technical skills. 

“It Happened Like This…” Wed. Nov. 14 at 7      
You know those stories you tell over and over again?  Put them in writing! Bring a story idea, an anecdote, or other prompt to this hands-on workshop.

Concluding with …

Tips on Getting Published by the NeverTheLess Writers  Tue. Dec. 4 at 7    
This cross-genre collaborative of North Shore authors has diverse writing and publishing experience. Featuring  Elizabeth Atkinson, Elizabeth Maxwell & Holly Robinson.        

All events are free & open to the public, funded by the Friends of the Library

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Teen Summer Programs 2018

Registration for teen programs begins in June. Go to the Reference desk to register, or call: 978-468-5577. All programs are free of charge. The 2018 national summer reading theme is "Libraries Rock". A few of the summer programs listed below were chosen with the theme in mind. The Library's teen advisory board, the Teen Think Tank, were consulted for summer program ideas. The TTT asked for an outdoor movie night, which will happen at Patton Park on July 19. Our programs are funded by the fantastic Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library.

As soon as we have the 6th through 12th grade summer reading lists from MRMS and HWRHS, there will be a summer reading page on this blog with links to the catalog for all the books. Copies of the books will be in the Young Adult area or just request them through the online catalog using the summer reading page links.


Teen Think Tank Meeting  
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 PM to 7:55 PM
The TTT is our teen advisory board. They work with the Young Adult Librarian to improve library collections, and to create programs and services designed for teens. Volunteer & share your bright ideas! We meet 11 times a year. For ages 11 to 19. To join, contact Kim at: kclaire@hwlibrary.org.

Youth Book Sale and Two Movies
Wednesday, June 27 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Stock up for the summer at this one-day-only youth book sale, organized by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library.
Two movies will be shown:
1:00 to 2:15 PM  Disneynature: Born in China (rated G)
3:00 to 4:40 PM  Kubo and the Two Strings (rated PG)

Movie: Black Panther  (rated PG-13)
Thursday, June 28, 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM
"T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake."--imdb.com 

Play Miniature Golf at the Library!
Saturday, June 30, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Play 10 holes of mini-golf on hills, jumps, bumps, twists,
and loops on the first floor of the library.
For all ages.


Henna Tattoos with Nimmi and a Hindi Movie
Thursday, July 12, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Nimmi Sehgal, the original Henna artist of Boston’s Newbury St., since 1997, will apply a henna design to a hand or a foot. While you wait your turn we’ll be showing a Hindi movie. For teens entering grades 6-12 in Fall 2018. Space is limited. Registration required.

Outdoor Movie Night at Patton Park:
Thursday, July 19, 8:30 PM to 10:15 PM
"Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer."--imdb.com Rated PG. No charge to attend. Concessions available. Raindate is July 24.

TeenBEATS! Drum Circle with Otha Day
Wednesday, July 25, 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Come play in a drum circle! Design rhythms and
in-the-moment rap rhymes and chants as you create solid beats that pop and move. No experience necessary. For teens entering grades 6-12 in Fall 2018. Registration required.

Teen Think Tank shopping spree to Barnes &Noble
Thursday, July 26, 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Choose books & games for our teen collections. 
To participate in the field trip you must have attended 
at least one previous Teen Think Tank meeting.
To join the TTT contact Kim at: 
kclaire@hwlibrary.org or call 978-468-5577 x14.

Teen Think Tank Meeting
Thursday, August 2, 6:30 PM to 7:55 PM
Come share your bright ideas! We meet on the first Thursday of the month, 11 times a year. Earn your community service hours! 
To join, contact Kim at: kclaire@hwlibrary.org.

Musical Mobiles Workshop
Monday, August 6, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Forage through vintage kitchen gadgets, mis-cut keys, metal scraps, and more! Then, learn how to construct a whimsical kinetic sound sculpture for a special place inside or outside your home. For ages 11 and up. Space is limited. Registration required.

North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club Star Party: 
One Night, Four Planets 
Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 PM to 9:45 PM
All the planets that can be seen in early August: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. It only happens every couple of years that you catch the four bright ones all at the same time. 
Children’s Hubble craft at 7:30 PM. Presentation at 8:00 PM, followed by planet observation through club telescopes on the field adjacent to the Library. Best for ages 10 to adult.

Chocolate Make and Take Workshop with Kim Larkin 
Thursday, August 9, Two Sessions :
Ages 9 to 12, meets: 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Ages 13 to adult, meets: 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations will highlight chocolate entrepreneurs, the history of chocolate, and chocolate trivia. Participants will be able to make and take chocolate creations. Ms. Larkin will demonstrate the use of a commercial tempering  machine. Space is limited. Registration required.

Movie: Avengers: Infinity War  (rated PG-13)
Thursday, August 16, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
"The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.”—imdb.com Bring your own cushion for chair or floor.

Use Your Free Electronic Resources this summer
Find them at: www.hwlibrary.org
Use your Hamilton-Wenham Library card barcode # and your PIN to sign in. 

                                             take a class
Universal Class offers over 500 online courses taught by dedicated instructors, at no charge to H-W residents. Power through in a few days or take up to 6 months to finish.

                                           learn a language
Rocket Languages is an online program that offers audio lessons, memory & matching games, books & quizzes in 12 languages, including American Sign Language.

                                          prepare for a test
Use the Testing & Education Reference Center to practice for tests, such as the ACT, SAT, AP Tests, GED, and many more. Click here to see full list. 

                                           download music
Get free and legal music through our library subscription to Freegal: up to five downloads per week, and three hours of streaming per day.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hawthorne Returns for Poetry and Flash Fiction Reception

This year our reception speaker came from beyond the grave. You may remember we had Edgar Allan Poe here three years ago as guest speaker for the Teen Poetry Reception. The Teen Think Tank requested his return. We got the next best thing, a contemporary of Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804, and died at 60 years of age in May of 1864, while traveling with his good friend, ex-President Franklin Pierce. While Mr. Hawthorne never gave a public reading of his work, for this presentation the author himself returned to speak with us and read three of his short works. It was a fantastic evening! Thank you Mr. Hawthorne, and Rob Velella who portrayed him!

Each year the Teen Think Tank chooses the theme for the poetry contest. This year there were two themes: "Outer Space" and "Unexplored Territory." Themes are chosen from a list of themes suggested by attendees at the previous year's poetry reception.

The winners of 2018's poetry and flash contest contest are:

Chloe Bendoris, Best Poem Grades 6-8, for “People”
Sophie Bassom, Best Flash Fiction Grades 6-8, for “My Own Infinity”
Rory Haltmaier, Best Poem Grades 9-12, for “Painted Galaxy”
Lily Knudsen, Best Flash Fiction Grades 9-12, for “ Gladys and the Extraterestrial Nurse” 

Aeneas Strozier, 2nd Place Poem Grades 6-8, for “Unexplored Territory” 
Eliza Bassom, 2nd Place Flash Fiction Grades 6-8, “A Bed Pan To A Sun Tan”
Brandt Luce, 2nd Place Poem Grades 9-12, for “The Discovery of Flight”
Emma Sullivan, 2nd Place Flash Fiction Grades 9-12, for “The Upside Down Turtle” 

2nd Place Poem Grade 6-8
There were 170 entries this year: 152 were from middle school age entrants, 18 were from high school age entrants. 159 poems were entered, 11 flash fiction stories were entered.

A total of three poems or stories per entrant were allowed. Each poem or story was scored independently by three judges who were given copies of the poems without any information about name or age.The judges used a rubric to score each poem. The three scores were totaled to find the winning entries. Our judges this year were Library Director Jan
Best Flash Fiction Grades 9-12
Dempsey, Library Assistant Director Rob Pondelli, and Dan Sklar, English professor at Endicott College. Many thanks to our judges!

And, many thanks to the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library who provided funds for the cash prizes, the guest speaker fee, and for refreshments. Most of our Library's teen advisory board, the Teen Think Tank, attended the reception. The TTT assisted with the raffle, announced the winning poems and stories, took photos, and cleaned up at the end of the evening. Thank you Teen Think Tank!

Friday, March 23, 2018


For those marching or not, #NeverAgain  #marchforourlives
a few books for inspiration or contemplation..


Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost its Mind and Found its Soul, by Clara Bingham, 2016. During the academic year 1969-70, there were 9000 protests and 84 acts of arson or bombings at schools across the country. Two and a half million students went on strike, and 700 colleges shut down. This oral history of the late 1960s tells of the most dramatic events of the day in the words of those closest to the action--activists, organizers, criminals, bombers, policy makers, veterans, hippies, and draft dodgers. 

Tank Man: How A Photograph Defined China's Protest Movement, by Michael Burgan, 2014. Discusses the iconic photo of a lone protester, Tank Man, stopping a row of tanks near Tiananmen Square during protests in 1989.

Philanthroparties!: A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back, by Lulu Cerone, 2017. Why just party when you can party with a purpose? Seventeen-year-old Lulu Cerone shows teens how to bring social activism into their daily lives--and have fun while doing it--with this colorful DIY party planning guide.

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines, by Paul Fleischman, 2014. A summary of today's environmental challenges also counsels teens on how to decode conflicting information, explaining the role of vested interests while identifying the sources behind different opinions, helping teens make informed choices.

Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism, edited by Betsy Greer, 2014. Essays, interviews, and images, from four continents, reveal how craftivists are changing the world with their art. Examples range from community embroidery projects, stitching in prisons, revolutionary ceramics, to AIDS activism, yarn bombing, and crafts that facilitate personal growth.

Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans & Waterways, by Cathryn Berger Kaye; with Philippe Cousteau and Earth Echo International, 2010. Practical suggestions to help plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet's water system.

A People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements, by Nocolas Lampert, 2013. Art history and the fight for justice from the colonial era through the present day. Combines historical sweep with detailed examinations of individual artists.

The Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change, by Barbara A. Lewis, 2008. The Teen Guide to Global Action is a go-to source teens can use to put their volunteer spirit into practice and make an impact in their world.

Yes You Can!: Your Guide to Becoming an Activist, by Jane Drake & Ann Love, 2010. A 9 steps to social change guide. Discusses strategies on running an effective meeting, writing a petition, and lobbying government.

As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial, by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan, 2007. A satirical view of social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of environmentalism in the United States in comic book format.

Can Your Smartphone Change the World?, by Erinne Paisley, 2017. Paisley looks at specific ways you can create social change through the tap of a screen. She provides examples of successful hashtag campaigns, viral videos and new socially conscious apps, as well as practical advice for using your smartphone as a tool for social justice. See also: Can Your Outfit Change the World?, 2018.

You Got This!: Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World, by Maya Penn, 2016. Maya Penn is an entrepreneur, animator, eco-designer, and girls' rights activist. Her TEDWomen Talk has been viewed over 1,200,000 million times (and is one of the top 15 TEDWomen Talks of all time).

Be A Changemaker: How To Start Something That Matters, by Laurie Ann Thompson, 2014. Learn how to wield your passions, digital tools, and the principles of social entrepreneurship to affect real change in your school, community and beyond.

Columbine, by David Cullen, 2009. An award-winning journalist's definitive account of one of the most shocking massacres in American history.


Hate List, by Jennifer Brown, 2009. Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

The Plain Janes, by Castellucci, 2009. When Jane is forced to move from the big city to suburbia, she thinks that her life is over until she meets three other girls named Jane who decide to form a secret art gang and turn the town and high school upside down. Graphic novel.

For the Win, by Cory Doctorow, 2010. In a future where poor children and teenagers work for corrupt bosses as gold farmers, finding valuable items inside massively-multiplayer online games, a small group of teenagers work to unionize and escape this near-slavery.

Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, 2008. After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. Sequel: Homeland, 2013.

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, by Kate Hattemer, 2014. Writing a vigilante poem to protest the filming of a reality television show at their elite but corrupt arts academy, a group of friends struggles to remain loyal to their cause and each other when one of their number becomes a contestant on the show.

Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders, by Geoff Herbach, 2014. When the high school cheerleading team takes over a soda vending machine's funds, which were previously collected by the pep band, Gabe Johnson, an overweight "band geek" tired of being called names and looked down on, declares war.

The Truth Commission, by Susan Juby, 2015. Normandy Pale writes about the Truth Commission, whose purpose is to ask a question and get an honest answer, as a project for her junior year of high school at Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design.

V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore, 2005. In a near-future
Britain ruled by a totalitarian regime, Evey is rescued from certain death by a masked vigilante calling himself "V," a beguiling and charismatic figure who launches a one-man crusade against government tyranny and oppression. Graphic novel.

This is Where it Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp, 2016. Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, 2017. After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sports Fiction & Nonfiction Featuring Girls

As we are in the midst of the Winter Olympics, and Women's History Month starts in a couple of weeks, and particularly because one of our local teachers asked me to create a list of fiction books featuring a girl(s) playing a sport, this list was born. It was not easy. It became sadly clear that there are comparatively few fiction books in the teen collection that have a girl playing a sport as the main story line compared to the many books that feature a boy(s) playing a sport. The following is what I was able to find relevant to the request. Included in this list are narrative nonfiction books and a couple of biographies. There are of course many more biographies than are included here, but the request was for fiction.

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America, by Karen Blumenthal, 2005. Explores the history, struggle, and passage of Title IX, the law that allowed girls the freedom to pursue sports of their choosing, and the effects this law has had on society since its inception. Nonfiction

Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports, by Gregory Zuckerman with Gabriel and Elijah Zuckerman, 2018. The athletes featured in this book met earth-shaking challenges head on, and through hard work and perseverance, went on to conquer the sports world. This collection of mini biographies includes first-hand content drawn from interviews. Nonfiction

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies, by Mick Cochrane, 2009. Eighth-grader Molly's ability to throw a knuckleball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well.

A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, by Sue Macy, 1993. Describes the activities of the members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the women's professional baseball league that existed between 1943 and 1954. Nonfiction

Under the Baseball Moon, by John Ritter, 2006. Andy and Glory, two fifteen-year-olds from Ocean Beach, California, pursue their respective dreams of becoming a famous musician and a professional softball player.

In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle, by Madeleine Blais, 1995. A look at the trials and triumphs of high school girls' basketball chronicles one season of the Lady Hurricanes of Amherst, Massachusetts, as they learn loyalty and self-confidence on their way to a championship game. Nonfiction

Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn, Larry Colton, 2000. Profiles a Montana high-school girls' basketball team--made up of Crow Indian and white girls from a rural town--that carries on its shoulders the dreams and hopes of a Native American tribe during their winning season. Nonfiction

Tall Story, by Candy Gourlay, 2011. Sixteen-year-old Bernardo, who is eight feet tall and suffers from a condition called gigantism, leaves the Philippines to live with his mother's family in London, much to the delight of his thirteen-year-old half sister Andi, a passionate basketball player.

Boost, by Kathryn Mackel, 2008. Thirteen-year-old Savvy's dreams of starting for her elite basketball team are in danger when she is accused of taking steroids.

Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team that Barnstormed its Way to Basketball Glory,by Lydia Reeder, 2017. At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, began dreaming. Traveling from farm to farm, he recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education if they would come play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. Nonfiction


Girls Can't Hit, by T. S. Easton, 2018.  When she is refused entry into her school's boxing class because she is a girl, tenacious Fleur endures bullying and her parents' and boyfriend's disapproval in her resolve to have the same opportunities.

Dairy Queen, Catherine Murdock, 2006. After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, 16-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. First book in trilogy.

Playing with Boys, Liz Tigelaar, 2008. When 15-year-old Lucy and her father move to Malibu, California, Lucy tries out for the varsity football team and feels strong and in control for the first time since her mother's death--as long as her overprotective father does not find out.

Tumbling, by Caela Carter, 2016. After sacrificing their childhoods, Grace, Leigh, Camille, Wilhelmina, and Monica are competing in the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, after which their lives will change forever.

Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything, by Aly Raisman, 2017. Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly's story is enhanced with never-before-published photos, excerpts from the personal journals she's kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates, and hard-won advice for readers striving to rise above challenges, learn to love themselves, and make their own dreams come true. Biography


Power Play, by Jack Maddox, 2016. Ninth-grade hockey player Kyla Woodson is hoping to win a spot on the varsity team mid-season--but she has at least one serious rival for the coveted position, and her supressed anger over her parents recent divorce seems to keep getting in the way.

Horse Racing

Jockey Girl, by Shelley Peterson, 2016. When Evie learns that her mother is alive, she hatches a plan to enter the Caledon Horse Race and win enough money to find her and leave her unloving father.

           Martial Arts

Re-Gifters, by Mike Carey, 2007. Meet "Dixie" as she's known to her friends. She's living on the ragged edge of LA's Koreatown, and her only outlet is the ancient martial art of hapkido. She's on the verge of winning a championship -- until she falls for fellow hapkido fan/California surfer boy Adam and gets thrown spectacularly off her game. As she struggles to win the tournament Dixie learns that in love and in gift-giving, what goes around comes around. Graphic Novel


Spinning Away, by Jake Maddox, 2017. Twelve-year-old Maggie and her twin sister are both figure skaters, but Maggie is trying to find her own style while her sister remains firmly under their mother's thumb--so when their old coach leaves, Maggie seizes the opportunity to try out some of the new spins she has been creating, even if it means upstaging her twin.

Spinning, by Tillie Walden, 2017. A graphic memoir recounts the years Walden spent competitively figure skating, before her developing love of art and first girlfriend causes her to question the insular world of figure skating. Graphic Format Biography 


Arch Enemy, by Paul Hoblin, 2013. When defender Addie turns down her teammate and close friend Eva's offer to be more than friends, she is at a loss for what to do when her former friend starts sending her mean notes and sabotaging her play on the field. Counterattack Series

The Beast, by Paul Hoblin, 2013. When a concussion takes out the team's talented starting goalie Alyssa Duncan, a teammate replaces her temporarily and plays so well that Alyssa wonders whether she will be healed and good enough retake her old position by the playoffs. Counterattack Series

Blow Out, by M.G. Higgins, 2013. Lacy Sheridan is doing her best to get over the fear she still feels after a knee injury from last season, but tough Raven McAlister is competing for Lacy's starting position and sees a chance to exploit Lacy's fear for her own benefit. Counterattack Series

Offside, by M.G. Higgins, 2013. Faith Patel feels out of place among her teammates because her family can't afford for her to play in club leagues like the other girls, so when the coach starts to give her extra help and attention she starts to develop a crush. Counterattack Series
Out of Sync, by Amanda Humann, 2013. Close friends Madison and Dayton play together so well that they are a scoring machine for their team, but when Dayton becomes more interested in partying than soccer, Madison worries about their chances of getting onto a good college team. Counterattack Series

Under Pressureby Emma Carlson Berne, 2013. A few weeks before a scout from her preferred college is to visit, Elise turns to shady performance supplements when she sees that some of her teammates are outplaying her in spite of her hard work. Counterattack Series

Soccerlandby Beth Choate, 2010. When Flora leaves her family and their Maine potato farm for a tryout at the International Sports Academy, she struggles to hold her own through injuries, learning new positions, and contempt from other players.

Soccer Chick Rules, by Dawn Fitzgerald, 2007. While trying to focus on a winning soccer season, 13-year-old Tess becomes involved in local politics when she learns that all sports programs at her school will be stopped unless a tax levy is passed.

Pretty Tough, by Liz Tigelaar, 2007. Two feuding sisters from Malibu, California, take their rivalry to the soccer field when both girls make the high school team.


The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen, 2011. When a school bus accident leaves 16-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.