Requesting YA novels featuring girls playing sports

8:10 PM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Back in early August, Doret Canon of the wonderful blog, The Happy Nappy Bookseller, wrote to thank Justine Larbalestier for linking to her and ”put in a request for a YA novel featuring girls playing sports. Any sport will do.”

Justine says on her blog, "I misread her as asking for recommendations for such YA novels when she was in fact asking me to write ‘em. (What can I say August was kind of mental for me.) I was ashamed to discover that all I could think of was Catherine Murdock’s Dairy Queen series and my own How To Ditch Your Fairy. It transpired that Doret knows more about YA sports books than anyone else on the planet. We soon got to talking about books, sport, and YA about girls playing sport."

If you haven't read it yet, Doret and Justine had a fascinating discussion on the fact that YA is geared towards girls and maybe even Middle Grade fiction to some extent, yet there’s such a limited amount of books featuring female athletes.

Head on over and get in the discussion yourself.

Also check out Doret's blog posts about girls and sports books:
Girls Got Game
Girls Got Game II
Girls Got Game III
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