DOUBLE REVERSE
Double Reverse

Jesse is experienced as a wide receiver —but can he play against type and help his new team as a quarterback?
The Franklin High Panthers need a new quarterback. Freshman Jesse Wagner knows the plays, but he feels he is too small to be QB material. Jesse’s brother Jay has a problem of his own: his college coach wants him to switch from quarterback to safety. The brothers agree on a deal: Jesse will try out for quarterback, and Jay will try playing safety. Meanwhile, Jesse and his teammates recruit an unlikely kicker for their team —a girl named Savannah.
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real stories of successful professional athletes who did not “look the part.”

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FINAL CUT
Final Cut

Four friends who share a love of basketball have to go through tryouts for the school team. But will they all make the team?
Ryan, Zeke, Eli, and Miles love sports, especially basketball. When it’s time for basketball team tryouts, they practice together, compete in a local 3-on-3 tournament, and carefully compute their chances of making the team. The tryouts are a test not only of their athletic skills, but also of their friendship. In the end, each boy learns how to cope with winning and losing (both on and off the court), the value of practice and competition, and the true meaning of friendship.
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with full court, play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! In the sports history epilogue, readers learn about other famous players, like Michael Jordan, who didn’t make their high school basketball teams the first time around.

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FULL COURT FEVER
Full Court Fever

The Falcons have the skill but not the height required to win their games. Will they be able to win the dreaded end-of-the-season game against their much taller rivals?
The Falcons have a problem: they’ve lost the first two games of the season. Although they have skill, they lack height. When Michael Mancino comes across an old issue of Sports Illustrated, he discovers the similarly vertically challenged UCLA Bruins who won the 1964 NCAA Championship with an aggressive and hard-to-beat full-court zone press. Will the Falcons be able to make a comeback and win against the much bigger eighth-grade team?
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with full court, play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story behind the 1964 UCLA Bruins.

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GOLDEN GLOVE
Golden Glove

Without his lucky glove, Jamie doesn’t believe in his ability to lead his baseball team to victory.
Jamie lovingly oiled his glove all winter and, as the season approaches, he—and his glove—are in top form. When he carelessly loses his glove, he also loses his faith in himself and it shows in his playing. After an unsuccessful search, Jamie borrows a glove for the season’s opening game. Disappointed in his performance, Jamie seeks help at a local sporting goods shop and finds it in the generosity of the store’s owner—a former minor league player. The old-timer uses the history of baseball gloves and a few fielding tips to demonstrate that no tool—even a lucky glove—is a substitute for confidence and determination.
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story behind baseball gloves.

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KID COACH
Kid Coach

Scott and his teammates can’t find an adult to coach their team, so they must find a leader among themselves.
The Tigers are in trouble. Baseball season is underway, and Coach Skelly has just quit. When Scott and his teammates can’t find an adult to coach the team, it looks as if the Tigers’ season might be over before it really begins. But then the players have an idea: what if one of them became coach? They learn about leadership and discover unique and unrecognized talents among their own friends.
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sport Story Series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real stories of player-managers in Major League Baseball history.

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OFF THE RIM
Off the Rim

Will Chris ever be more than a benchwarmer?
Chris desperately wants to be more than a benchwarmer on his basketball team. Hoping he can get more playing time, he asks his friend Greta, the high-scoring star of the girls’ team, for help with his shooting skills.
But it is Greta’s mom—a former basketball star who never even scored a basket—who teaches Chris how to change his strategy and become a success on the court.
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! Back matter features a real-life lesson from sports history.

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ON THE LINE
On the Line

Marcus is the high scorer and best rebounder on his basketball team, but he’s not so great at free throws.
When Marcus misses four free throws at the end of an important game and his team loses, he begins to lose his confidence on the court. But with the help of the school custodian, Mr. Dunn, he learns about the “granny shot,” an unorthodox way of shooting foul shots, and about Rick Barry, the former NBA star who used it. Marcus tries the shot, but he resists using it because it looks silly. But when he finds himself on the foul line again in a crucial game, will he be able to overcome his pride?
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sport Story Series with full court, play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! A sports history epilogue provides an inside look at NBA player Rick Barry and the infamous granny shot.

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PLAYOFF DREAM
Playoff Dream

Brendan is one of the best players in the league, but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t make his team win.
Frustrated, he can’t seem to find the answer to his dilemma and it looks as if his playoff dreams with his team will never come true. But when his uncle take’s him to a game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. An unexpected event and the story of legendary Cubs player and Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks, make Brendan realize that it’s love of the game rather than winning that makes the experience a success.
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story of Ernie Banks and his baseball career.

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QUARTERBACK SEASON
Quarterback Season

Matt Monroe is a shoo-in for starting quarterback for the Parkside Middle School football team this year. Or is he?
Matt expects to be starting quarterback, but Devro, a new seventh grader, is looking pretty impressive. He’s consistent and can run the plays almost as well as Matt. And he’s got speed. As the fall football season unfolds, the team has more than its share of surprises and unexpected challenges, as well as plenty of victories and upsets on and off the field—all of which Matt records and analyzes in a journal he keeps for his English class. By the last kickoff of the season, Matt has learned that a team is only as good as the sum of its parts and that playing together is the only way to win.
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story of Instant Play—one of the first books to give an inside look at the life of a professional football player.

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SOCCER TEAM UPSET
Soccer Team Upset

Tyler’s hopes for an unbeatable season for the Cougars disappear when his friend Zack, the team’s hot-shot midfielder, and two more of their best players accept an offer to play for an elite travel team.
Tyler has to admit he’s pleased when Coach Murray puts him in Zack’s midfielder position. But playing the middle is tough and Tyler’s spirits really sink when the Cougars lose their season opener in a close game—and the next game, too. Then an elderly English soccer fan tells Tyler about America’s 1-0 surprise upset of England—the world’s number one team—in the 1950 World Cup. Tyler learns that any game can be won or lost by a single play. But will one play really be enough to beat the top-ranked Mustangs?
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sport Story Series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story of the 1950 World Cup match between the United States and England.

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T.J.'S SECRET PITCH
T.J.'S Secret Pitch

T.J. is smaller than his teammates and his pitches just don’t have the power to get batters out. When he learns about 1940s player Rip Sewell, he may have found a solution.
More than anything, T. J. wants to be a pitcher. But he’s smaller than his teammates, and his pitches just don’t pack the power they need to strike out batters. When T. J. learns about one of baseball’s early heroes, Pittsburgh Pirate Rip Sewell, he decides to try Sewell’s secret weapon. But will his teammates give T. J. a chance to prove that he can be a pitcher? And will T. J.’s secret pitch help lead his team to victory?
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story of Rip Sewell and his baseball career.

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TOUCHDOWN TROUBLE
Touchdown Trouble

Sam loves football. Most of all he loves the feeling he gets when his team, the Cowboys, are working together—moving closer and closer to the end zone.
After an important game, Sam’s pride in his football team begins to fade. The Cowboys beat the Giants in the final play with a touchdown by Sam. But later, Sam and his teammates realize that the winning touchdown was scored illegally. Now the team is divided about what to do. It is only when Sam’s father tells the Cowboys about a famous football game—and similar dilemma—that that Sam knows what to do. But will his teammates agree?
Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword tells the real story of the 1940 Cornell-Dartmouth football game, the only college sporting event ever to be decided after the completion of the game.

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