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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Wimbledon: Books about Tennis

Today's the last day of Wimbledon. In honor of the occasion, we have boks about tennis!

    

Amazing Grace by Megan Shull Grace is a tennis star whose face is on every magazine, and she wants out. Starting over with a nose ring and a new name, Grace moves to a small village in Alaska to live a completely "normal" life, far away from tennis.

The Academy: Game On by Monica Seles and James LaRosa. Maya has won a scholarship to the prestigious and exclusive Academy-- a sports training school for young superstars-in-training. She thinks this is the beginning of her pro-career, but when you get this much talent and ego in one place, drama rules the day. The first in a gossipy new series written by a tennis superstar, the second, Love Match, comes out in February.

Jersey Tomatoes are the Best by Maria Padian. Henry and Eva are best friends, each destined for greatness in different areas. This summer, Henry's off to tennis camp to escape her father and find love. Eva's off to a ballet program where the voice in her head that says she's not good enough will make her starve.

    

Fifteen Love by Nicole Leigh Shephard. Maggie and Bella are twins and one of the top doubles teams in the country. But when Maggie quits the team and the sport, Bella's left alone. Told in alternating points-of-view, this is one of Shephard's PrettyTOUGH novels, a series featuring female athletes.

Game, Set, and Match by Donna King. Cassie is a star tennis player, but her heart isn't in the game anymore. After faking an injury to get out of competition, Cassie is spending a month at tennis camp to try to regain her love of the game or decide to bow out forever. The decision is harder when the rivalries and drama continue off the court.

Jet Set by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman. Lucy is sick of constantly moving with her military family. Her tennis skills earn her a scholarship at an elite boarding school in Switzerland, but the other students are the uber-elite (the hot guy just happens to be royalty) and Lucy is in way over her head.

    

Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open by John Feinstein. Teen detectives Stevie and Susan Carol are back. They're covering the US Open when a tennis player shockingly and suddenly disappears without a trace. Can they find her before its too late? Part of a series, start with Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery.

Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz. Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in. Alex Rider is trying to live a normal life, to leave M16 behind, but he's soon sent on another mission-- it's supposed to be a small, routine thing at Wimbledon, but it leads to something much greater, for there's a crazy Russian with a nuclear weapon and he's not afraid to use it. The third in the Alex Rider series, start with Stormbreaker.

Open Court by Carol Clippinger. Every night Hall can hear her parents discussing her future as a tennis superstar. She's the best thing around on the court and it's time to take things to the next level, but no one's asked Hall if that's what she wants. After her doubles partner suffers a nervous breakdown, she starts thinking that a "normal" life is looking better and better.

What are your tennis must-reads? Who are you rooting for today?

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