Well, it’s that time of year again-football season. I myself am not a huge fan, but I respect that fact that football can be a very big deal for many. And even though I may not enjoy watching it, I have definitely enjoyed reading books about football. So, in honor of the official start of the football season, and for all you sports fans out there, here is a list of books that feature football.
Pop by Gordan Korman
After moving to a new town, Marcus strikes up a friendship with Charlie Popovich, a former pro football player. As the two grow closer, Marcus learns that Charlie has early onset Alzheimer’s disease as a result of suffering head injuries during his career. Marcus is willing to risk everything to help his new friend.
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
Truthful Wallace (the star football player) gives a thumbs-down to a book much to the chagrin of his English teacher, who sentences him to help with a stage version of the book. Wallace is unaware that his plot-improvement suggestions will wind up changing the entire production.
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.
Rash by Pete Hautman
In the late twenty-first century Bo Marsten is unjustly accused of a causing a rash that plagues his entire high school. He loses it, and as a result, he’s sentenced to work in the Canadian tundra, at a pizza factory that’s surrounded by hungry polar bears. Bo finds prison life to be both boring and dangerous, but it’s nothing compared to what happens when he starts playing on the factory’s highly illegal football team.
Crackback by John Coy
Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.
Roughnecks by Thomas Cochran
Travis Cody prepares for the final game of his high school football career, a rematch with his school’s chief rival.
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
If the cheerleading side of football is more your speed be sure to check out Kieran Scott’s books I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader, A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love, and Brunettes Strike Back.
I hope one of these books helps you get into the fall football spirit!