A good cheer squad is full of backflips, throwing, and pyramids. The chance for severe injury is pretty high. Because of this, March is Cheerleading Safety Month. I don't know of books that feature cheerleading injuries, but I do know a lot of books about cheerleaders!
Dead Is the New Black by Marlene Perez. Girls all are being attacked, and it looks like the work of a vampire. Head cheerleader (and Daisy's ex-best friend) Samanatha looks a little dead and now it's the new look. Is Samantha behind the attacks? There's only one way to find out-- Daisy's trying out for cheerleading to get to the bottom of this mystery. The first in a series, follow it with Dead Is a State of Mind.
The Squad: Perfect Cover by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Toby thinks the invitation to join the cheerleading squad is a joke. She's convinced it's a joke when she notices secret codes in the letters. But it's not joke, and this is no ordinary cheer team. No one expects the cheerleaders, so armed with accessories that hide high capacity USB drives and bullet-proof bras, they're actually a branch of the CIA. Toby's ok with that. She's not ok with the fact that they're still cheerleaders and she needs to learn how to do a herky. Be sure to check out the sequel Killer Spirit.
Zombie Blondes by Brian James. There's something weird about Hannah's new town. There's something even weirder about the cheerleaders-- they're too alike, too similar. Hannahs' desperate to be popular and jumps at the chance to join the cheerleading team, but what if her friend Lukas is right-- what if they are really zombies?
The Salem Witch Tryouts by Kelly McClymer. Prudence has the perfect life in California-- until her parents announce that she's actually a witch and the entire family is moving to Salem. Not being raised magically, Pru has a TON of catching up to do. At least she can show the kids at her new skill what it takes to be cheer captain, right? Wrong, because magical cheerleading is on a whole different scale. The first in a series, follow it with Competition's a Witch.
I Was A Non-blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott. When Annissa moves from New Jersey to Florida, everything goes wrong--including breaking a cheerleader's nose and attracting another one's boyfriend. Everything seems doomed, but this brunette cheerleader isn't about to give up. Fans will also want to check out A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love.
The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance. Bethany is a wallflower geek girl who somehow makes the varsity cheer squad. The team has a very thick rule book, but the guide doesn't cover any of the issues that Bethany needs covering to deal with her new-found social status.
Always Upbeat / All That by Stephanie Perry Moore. There are two sides to every relationship, and you can read both of them. Charli has finally gotten everything she's wanted--head cheerleader, hottest guy in school, but then it all seems to fall apart. After reading her story, you can read the same one, but from Blake's point-of-view. The Inspirational Fiction series, Lockwood Lions each has a Cheer Drama and a Baller Swag story, following different members of the cheerleading and football teams. Keep Jumping / No Hating comes next.
Dare Me by Megan Abbott. A new cheerleading coach, a new order, and a suicide make up this dark mystery surrounding a high school cheerleading team. When Coach French shows up, she dethrones Beth, the cheer captain and turns to Beth's best friend and second-in-command Addy. Soon the line between friendship and coach blurs and a suicide puts the whole squad in the police spotlight. Published for adults, mature teen readers won't be able to put this one down.
Gimmie a B! Gimmie an O! Gimmie an O! Gimmie a K! What are your favorite cheer books?
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