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Matt Christopher Sports

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Matt Christopher Sports

Whether you're into baseball, soccer, swimming, skateboarding; fiction or biographies; this series has a book for you!.
Links:
Official Website (Educator Materials available)
 
Athlete Biographies
  • #1 ON THE BIKE... WITH LANCE ARMSTRONG
  • #2 ON THE COURT WITH...KOBE BRYANT
  • #3 ON THE COURT WITH... JENNIFER CAPRIATI
  • #4 ON THE FIELD WITH... TERRELL DAVIS
  • #5 IN THE HUDDLE WITH... JOHN ELWAY
  • #6 ON THE FIELD WITH... JULIE FOUDY
  • #7 ON THE TRACK WITH...JEFF GORDON
  • #8 ON THE ICE WITH... WAYNE GRETSKY
  • #9 AT THE PLATE WITH... KEN GRIFFEY, JR.f
  • #10 ON THE FIELD WITH... MIA HAMM
  • #11 ON THE HALFPIPE WITH...TONY HAWK
  • #12 ON THE COURT WITH...GRANT HILL
  • #13 ON THE COURT WITH... DWIGHT HOWARD
  • #14 AT THE PLATE WITH ... ICHIRO
  • #15 ON THE COURT WITH... LEBRON JAMES
  • #16 AT THE PLATE WITH... DEREK JETER
  • #17 ON THE MOUND WITH... RANDY JOHNSON
  • #18 ON THE COURT WITH... MICHAEL JORDAN
  • #19 ON THE ICE... WITH MARIO LEMIEUX
  • #20 ON THE COURT WITH... LISA LESLIE
  • #21 ON THE ICE WITH... TARA LIPINSKI
  • #22 ON THE MOUND WITH... GREG MADDUX
  • #23 AT THE PLATE WITH... MARK MCGWIRE
  • #24 ON THE FIELD WITH... ELI AND PEYTON MANNING
  • #25 ON THE COURT WITH... YAO MING
  • #26 ON THE COURT WITH... HAKEEM OLAJUWON
  • #27 ON THE COURT WITH... SHAQUILLE O'NEAL
  • #28 ON THE FIELD WITH... ALBERT PUJOLS
  • #29 ON THE FIELD WITH...ALEX RODRIGUEZ
  • #30 IN THE GOAL WITH... BRIANNA SCURRY
  • #31 ON THE MOUND WITH... CURT SCHILLING
  • #32 ON THE FIELD WITH... EMMITT SMITH
  • #33 AT THE PLATE WITH... SAMMY SOSA
  • #34 AT THE PLATE WITH... MOE VAUGHN
  • #35 ON THE COURT WITH... VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS
  • #36 ON THE COURSE WITH...TIGER WOODS
  • #37 IN THE HUDDLE WITH... STEVE YOUNG
 
Baseball Books
 
Peach Street Mudders
 
Basketball Books
 
Dirt Bike Racing
  • #1 DIRT BIKE RACER
  • #2 DIRT BIKE RUNAWAY 
 
Football Books
 
Golf Books
  • #1 FAIRWAY PHENOM
 
Hockey Books
  • #2 ICE MAGIC
  • #3 THE HOCKEY MACHINE
  • #4 WINGMAN ON ICE
  • #5 PENALTY SHOT
  • #6 COOL AS ICE
  • #7 BODY CHECK
  • #8 FACE-OFF
 
Lacrosse Books
 
Soccer Cats Series

More Soccer Books From Matt Christopher
 
Running Books
  • #1 RUN FOR IT
  • #2 RUN, BILLY, RUN
 
Skateboarding Books 
 
Swimming Books
  • #1 DIVE RIGHT IN
 
Tennis Books
  • #1 TENNIS ACE
 
Volleyball Books
  • #1 SPIKE IT!

Extreme Sports Books

The Extreme Team Series
  • #1 ONE SMOOTH MOVE
  • #2 THE DAY OF THE DRAGON
  • #3 ROLLER HOCKEY RUMBLE
  • #4 ON THIN ICE
  • #5 ROCK ON
  • #6 INTO THE DANGER ZONE
  • #7 WILD RIDE
  • #8 BMX RACER
  • #9 ON THE EDGE 
  • #10 HEAD TO HEAD
 
Legends in Sports
  • #1 MUHAMMAD ALI
  • #2 BABE RUTH
  • #3 JACKIE ROBINSON
  • #4 DALE EARNHARDT, SR.

Legendary Sports Events
  • #1 THE SUPER BOWL
  • #2 THE WORLD SERIES
 
Other Books

Matt Christopher Sports

Books in this series

written by Matt Christopher, illustrated by Anna Dewdney
written by Matt Christopher, illustrated by Bert Dodson
written by Matt Christopher, illustrated by George Ulrich
by Matt Christopher - Biography, Children's, Sports

LeBron James was a sensation in his early days playing AAU ball in Akron, Ohio and continued to amaze through his four years as a high school phenomenon. Now going into his fifth year as a star of the Cleveland Cavaliers, he is touted as the best player in basketball today. But even more importantly, he is that one-of-a-kind superstar whose main goal isn't to rack up the stats --- it's to make his team better.

by Matt Christopher - Biography, Children's, Sports

If you want a close look at one of basketball's superstars, Dwight Howard, look no further! All the stats, quotes, and action are here, plus photos and career highlights. And because it comes from Matt Christopher, readers know they're getting the best sports writing on the shelf.

by Matt Christopher - Biography, Children's, Sports

Anyone who has ever had the privilege of watching Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals knows the sound of a hit. It's a sound that's been heard countless times since his 2001 rookie season. That year, he took the league by storm by posting some of the most fantastic offensive stats of any rookie ever --- and he's been doing the same ever since, shattering records and helping his team win games, including the 2006 World Series, with clutch hits and amazing home runs.

by Matt Christopher - Biography, Children's, Sports

No other family has conquered football like the Manning's. It all started with the dad, Archie, a former pro quarterback who taught his sons Peyton and Eli to play football. Now, as the brothers have both grown into pro quarterbacks, they're creating a legacy of their own, starting with two stunning Super Bowl wins. This exciting Matt Christopher biography gives readers the story behind this famous football family, as well as thrilling recaps of some of the most awesome games in NFL history.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Kim's teammates tease him about singing in the church choir, but they change their tune when the choir helps the Arrows become Small Fry Basketball Champions.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

A fun story about basketball from Matt Christopher, the bestselling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

written by Matt Christopher with illustrations by Paul Casale - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Buzz and Corky are identical twins, but not very much alike. Corky, outgoing and popular, plays tackle on the Otters' football team. Buzz, the school chess champion, is quiet and reserved. One day they change places and all sorts of complications arise.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Family, Fiction, Sports

Little League Baseball® players Liam and Carter are still adjusting to changes since Liam's family moved across the country to California. Liam is faced with having to prove himself all over again to his new teammates. Carter, on the other hand, is having his best season ever. His pitches are unstoppable and it looks like his team might just sweep the competition. That is, until a new pitcher hits the scene.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Family, Family Life, Mental Health, Sports

Nicky, born with Down's syndrome, surprises his older brother, Terry, when he shows up one day on the football field as Terry's competition.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Thanks to his friend Bobby who broke his leg, Rocky keeps missing practices! What's going on between Rocky and Bobby --- and why is Jared on the team when he clearly dislikes football so much? Football Double Threat combines the action and excitement of football with relatable issues about envy, loyalty, and friendship.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, History, Sports

The history of auto racing is chock-full of famous moments, with big-name drivers like Mario Andretti and Jeff Gordon. The histories of the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 races are rich with legendary drivers, family dynasties, rivalries and tragedies. Fans of this sport are truly loyal and fanatical, and readers will eat up all the descriptions of nail-biting moments of tension.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, History, Sports

Capturing the suspense and play-by-play action of nine major league plays and the personalities of the athletes that made them, a fan's treasury includes Willie May's 1954 World Series catch and Jim Abbott's no-hitter.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, History, Sports

Packed with facts and action, this is a book young basketball fans will reach for again and again ---- and because it comes from Matt Christopher, young readers know they're getting the best sports writing on the shelf.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, History, Nonfiction, Sports

The Summer Olympics are chock full of epic athletic achievements across hundreds of disciplines, especially Track and Field, Gymnastics, and Swimming. Now readers can relive those moments in this fact-filled volume just right for young sports enthusiasts. 

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Freddie Chase is a good football player with one major flaw: He's afraid to tackle. Coach Sears has no choice but to take Freddie out of the lineup. Now it's up to Freddie to earn his way back onto the starting team. But can he overcome his fear?

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Home run slugger Sylvester Coddmyer the Third has been coached by men who look exactly like baseball legends: Babe Ruth, Eddie Cicotte, and Mickey Mantle. Are these men just impersonating famous ballplayers, as his friend Duane insists? Or are they from the "beyond," as Snooky Malone believes? The mystery deepens in this fourth title of the exciting Home Run Kid series when yet another character from baseball's past appears to coach Syl.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Friendship, Sports

Tim Daniels is back at Camp Wikasaukee with the rest of the gang from NOTHIN' BUT NET, serving as a mentor to three young rookies. He's still working on keeping his height from getting in the way of his game --- he's shorter than most of the guys. Plus, he's got a bully on his hands, and he's got to find a way to inspire his campers. Good thing NCAA pro Dick Dunbar is there to help Tim with a super-cool shot that gives him the confidence to make his mark at camp.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Julian Pryce was once the star center of the Tornadoes. But when he joins a new team after his family moves, he suddenly finds himself the star benchwarmer. It turns out the Warriors already have a starting center, Paul Boyd, who has no intention of sharing the court with Julian. The coach is no help, either, for one simple reason: Paul is his son! Now Julian may have to take drastic measures if he's going to get back into the game. . . but is he to blame when Paul winds up in the hospital?

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Anxious to make friends in a new town, a young boy lies about his experience as goalie in order to get on the local soccer team.

written by Matt Christopher with illustrations by Normand Chartier - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Chip's poor fielding using the new glove he buys with his own money soon makes him regret having thrown his father's old mitt away.

by Matt Christopher and Stephanie Peters - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Cole Richards is on the brink of advancing to his next belt level, but as he prepares for his test, new challenges come his way. First, his dojo announces a "create-your-own kata" contest to take place the same day as his belt test. Now he's torn between practicing for the test and making up a series of moves that will knock his sensei's socks off. But before he even begins with either challenge, he lands in trouble with a group of local teens --- and then with his best friends, too! How will Cole handle the mounting pressure?

by Matt Christopher and Stephanie Peters - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Things are really heating up between Garry Wallis, star of LACROSSE FACE-OFF, and his nemesis, Michael Donofrio. At the end of last season, Garry sabotaged Michael's chances of becoming the league's top scorer. Now Michael is taking his revenge. Garry tries to ignore Michael, but the bullying finally gets to him --- and what happens next sets off a string of near-disasters that finds Garry in the heart of a firestorm . . .

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

 

The final book in the series has Liam and Carter's teams on the verge of winning the greatest championship of all: the Little League Baseball® World Series. Cousins and best friends who grew up playing baseball together, Liam and Carter must now play against each other to achieve their dreams of winning the Series title! One cousin will win, and the other will lose.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Eleven-year-old cousins catcher Liam McGrath and pitcher Carter Jones grew up playing baseball together. Now, their team is on the verge of winning the greatest championship of all: the Little League Baseball ® World Series. To reach the title match, however, they must first beat their number one rivals from Southern California. Little do they know that the game will prove to be just the first challenge they'll face on their road to the championships.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Bill Bailey is the smallest member of the Blackhawks baseball team, but he can throw harder than anyone else on the team, including the regular pitcher. After hearing stories about "Little Lefty," a pint-sized pitcher who made the big leagues, Bill is determined to earn some playing time. Will Bill finally get his chance to prove himself on the mound --- or will his friend Larry persuade him to give up the game?

written by Matt Christopher with illustrations by Karen Meyers - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Matt Christopher is the writer young readers turn to when they are looking for fast-paced, action-packed sports novels. This book is no exception. He is the author of a number of titles, including DIRT BIKE, RUNAWAY, FACE-OFF, ICE MAGIC and many more.

written by Matt Christopher with illustrations by Ellen Beier - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

The Mudders' first-baseman, Turtleneck Jones, is knocked out by a hard-thrown baseball, loses his confidence, and has to bounce back before Coach Parker decides on a permanent replacement. Reprint. SLJ.

by Matt Christopher and Glenn Stout - Children's, Nonfiction, Sports

The New York Yankees played their first game in the American League in 1903. Since then, they have become the best team in baseball, bar none. Now this action-packed and fact-filled volume brings the Yankee's great history to life. Updated content includes team records and post-season results from 1903 to 2011, as well as lists of Yankees inducted into the Hall of Famers and photos of the most memorable plays and people in Yankee history. 

by Matt Christopher and Karen Meyer - Children's, Fiction, Fitness, Sports

Doug Cannon is a video whiz, a decent hockey goalie --- and overweight. He is often the butt of his friend's jokes, but he tries not to let it get to him. That's before he meets cyclist Red Roberts. All summer, Doug struggles against his old habits to become the young athlete Red thinks he can be. At the same time, he looks within himself for the self-respect he had put aside long ago. But does he have what it takes to "really" go the distance, to reach for an Olympic dream?

by Matt Christopher and Stephanie Peters - Children's, Health, Sports

When the Grizzlies' first basemen is sidelined two days before the playoffs, catcher Manny Griffin and second baseman Stu Fletcher take it upon themselves to help his replacement become a better player. The three practice together and all is going well --- until a wild throw hits Stu right in the head! Manny gives his word to keep quiet, but a few days later, Stu starts acting funny. Now Manny faces a difficult decision: should he break his promise and let Stu and the team down... or keep silent and hope that he's not putting Stu in danger?

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Two weeks of intense competition remain to decide the final teams for the Little League® World Series. This year, the anticipation is high as it's possible that both of the previous final two teams will return, a very rare occurrence. And those are the teams Carter and Liam now play for! These two players, one from each team, are thinking the same thought: How can I play against my best friend?

by Matt Christopher and Stephanie Peters - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Last season, thirteen-year-old Cal Kelliher was the only seventh grader in a starting line-up of eight graders. Now everything's changed. The eighth graders are freshmen, too wrapped up in high school to bother with Cal anymore. His teammates, used to be ignored by him, don't give him the time of day either. When a popular player challenges him for the quarterback position and the new head coach questions his attitude, Cal feels like he's being blitzed from all sides. Will he find a way to survive the mounting pressure, or will he get sacked? 

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Zach Halper loves skateboarding with his buddies. But lately, one of the guys, Brian, has been pressuring the others to do stuff Zach knows they shouldn't be doing. Yet Zach goes along, not only because he doesn't want to seem chicken but because soon he won't be seeing his friends as much. He'll be going to an exclusive academy while they'll be attending their old middle school. But will Zach go too far to fit in?

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

As soon as Brett Thyson steps on "The Lizard", the mysterious skateboard he unearthed in his backyard, he can feel its power. It glides smoothly and effortlessly, but Brett can't shake off the feeling that there's something not quite right about it.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Rob Lasher is just an ordinary soccer player, good at the game, but not great. Then one afternoon, he saves his coach's life in front of all his teammates. Suddenly, he's the team's hero. As some members of his team and the rest of the town continue to laud Rob's heroic act, Rob realizes he doesn't want the attention and any unearned accolades that come with it. Kids will learn that doing what is right should be the norm, not the exception.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Juvenile Fiction, Mystery, Sports

In the third book of this five book Little League Baseball® series, pitcher Carter Jones and his Forest Park All-Star teammates move on to Sectionals competition. Catcher Liam McGrath, Carter's cousin, has to work together with a rival-turned-teammate.

written by Matt Christopher with illustrations by Margaret Sanfilippo - Children's, Fiction, Sports

When Scott Kramer is replaced in the football team for possession of marijuana, he knows he's innocent. But his brother was arrested for the same crime a few years earlier. The case against him is strong. Scott has to find the answer to one question --- who would want to see his name tarnished?

written by Matt Christopher with illustrations by Margaret Sanfilippo - Children's, Fiction, Sports

When Sean Bailor, an angry young wrestler, loses his perspective on what he is fighting for, he takes his aggressions out on his family and wrestling nemesis, until a friendly referee gives him tips on anger management.

by Matt Christopher - Children's, Fiction, Sports

Parker Nolan, who has a reputation for exaggeration, finds himself at the center of a confusing mystery when he sees someone stealing football plays out of the coach's playbook. 

by Matt Christopher and Daniel Vasconcellos - Children's, Sports
Mike has a special relationship with his dog, Harry. They can read each other's minds! Harry is able to help Mike out with tips about the opposing players on the baseball field, but Mike's having trouble with his pitches --- and the buddies need to work together to save the game!