Sports Stories are action-driven sports novels that turn reluctant readers into all-star readers!

Plus, they feature characters with diverse racial, physical, mental, and economic backgrounds.

Ages: 10–13           Reading Level: Grades 3.0–4.9


In need of money, Malia takes a refereeing
course and begins refereeing basketball games,
including her sister's. When Malia get pressured to
throw games she must decide between being fair and
being a social outcast.

Themes: Basketball, Peer Pressure, Friendship, Siblings


After moving to a small town Maddie Snow only finds happiness in hockey. Maddie must find solace in her new community after one of her new teammates dies.

Themes: Hockey, Death & Dying, Native Canadian,
Country Life



When he doesn't make the Bantam A hockey team, David is upset that his friend Omar doesn't understand his frustration. However, Omar is dealing with struggles of his own as his brother is still in Syria – can the two friends understand each other without ruining their friendship?

Themes: Hockey, Values & virtues; Emigration & Immigration; New Experience


Free Runner

Angry at class differences in his new city,
Patrick finds confidence in a new sport

Themes: Extreme sports, self-esteem
& self-reliance, new experience, peer pressure

 Fearing for his father back home, Miguel finds
help where he least expects it

Themes: Emigration & immigration, friendship,
work, depression

 When hockey player Janine is left paralyzed
after a car accident, her best friend encourages her
to get into sledge hockey

Themes: Disabilities & special needs, self-esteem & self-reliance, diseases, illnesses & injuries

Cody experiences bullying by a teammate from a wealthier family and performance anxiety

Themes: Bullying, self-esteem & self-reliance,
depression, anxiety


When forest fires in BC displace many First Nations 
families, cross country runner Chris learns what it 
really means to run for your life

Themes: Friendship, Aboriginal Peoples, refugees, 
competition, crisis/disaster relief, community, immigration

 A Syrian refugee teen learns to play 
soccer in Canada and adjust to her 
new life in Saskatoon

Themes: Prejudice & racism, self-confidence, 
refugees, multiculturalism