Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. London: Macmillan Children's, 2017. Print. This is a book about 13 year old Brian Robeson who is flying to see his dad in the Canadian oil fields. Suddenly Brian's pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes. With no outdoor experience Brian has to survive in the wilderness while he waits for help. This made my top five because all of the suspense this book brings. Also there are a lot of difficulties that come out of nowhere and it's like, this guy can't get a break. This really makes you root for Brian. I recommend this for anybody who likes realistic fiction.
Quick, Matthew. Boy 21. New York, NY: Little, Brown, 2013. Print. This a realistic fiction about a boy named Finley who is the leader on the basketball team. As the new kid, Russ, comes to town, who is a national prospect, Finley has to make friends with him and help him with his problem. But at the same time Russ slowly takes Finley's starting position which he has had since his freshman year. This book is in my top five because of the task Finley has to take on. He doesn't really want to help Russ because he knows he's going to take his starting spot so it's very interesting to see what he does. It's also very interesting to see how Finley reacts when Russ befriends him. I recommend this to anyone who likes a sports realistic fiction.
Sharenow, Robert. The Berlin Boxing Club. New York City: Harper Collins, 2011. Print. This book is about a teenage Jewish boy Karl Stern living in Germany at the time of the Kristallnacht. He starts to box, his boxing instructor is world famous Max Schmeling. As things start to get worse he is trusted with more responsibility. This made my top five list because how relatable Karl is. You can also really see the changes he makes as a person. This true story will leave you guessing at every turn as it has great suspense. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction or realistic fiction.
Alexander, Kwame. Crossover. Place of Publication Not Identified: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. Print. This is a story of two ballers Josh and Jordan who aim to win a state title. But as off the field issues occur the boys have to refocus to meet their goal. This made my top 5 because of the two different worlds that were going on at once. One world is them playing basketball and the other is off the court and it's exciting to see how they deal with problems on both ends. I recommend this for anybody that likes a sports story with poetry and the values of family.
Epstein, David. "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance." Barnes & Noble. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2017. This book discusses the question does practice or genetics make an athlete. It goes into different scenarios when genetics goes up against practice on the global stage. Also it challenges the 10,000 hour which states if you practice 10,000 in any field you will become an expert in that field. This made my top 5 books because I have also asked myself what makes an athlete, practice or genetics. It also has a lot of facts about the different parts of the bodies. The book keeps your interest by being in a third person story. I recommend this book to whoever wants to know what makes an athlete and into the human anatomy.