RUGBY. Winger by Andrew Smith. Ryan Dean West is a 14-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way.

Winger by Andrew Smith. Younger than his classmates at a boarding school, Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team.

ROWING. Head of the River by Pip Harry. Tall, gifted and the offspring of Olympians, superstar siblings Leni and Cristian Popescu are set to row Harley Grammar to victory in the Head of the River. Then Cristian is seduced by performance-enhancing drugs, and Leni is suffocated with self-doubt, their bright futures start to fade. Juggling family, high expectations, study, break-ups, new relationships and wild parties, the pressure starts to build.

It's the most elite school sporting event in the country. Nine rowers, 2000 gruelling metres and one chance for glory in the ultimate team sport.

Wolf By Wolf / Ryan Graudin. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball in Tokyo. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler.

The year is and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host t.

ARCHERY. Aim High by David Hill. Neale's sport is archery and he is pretty good at it. When Kane and his mates, start rubbishing him, Neale's hot temper gets the better of him. Now he's in a shoot-out with Kane, but that's only the start of his troubles. A sudden landslide cuts the two boys off from help and they realise they have to put aside their differences if they are to survive.

Aim High by David Hill. Neale's sport is archery and he is pretty good at it…

Running the Rift / Naomi Benaron. Jean Patrick dreams of running in the Olympics, and with gruelling training he soon beats a world qualifying time. But his chances of success are threatened by the ethnic tensions erupting all around him. When Hutu violence against Tutsis finally crescendos and his homeland Rwanda is wracked by unforgivable atrocities, Jean Patrick, a Tutsi, has no choice but to run for his life abandoning fatherland, family, and the woman he loves.

Genocide is a difficult subject to write about, but Benaron has done a good job here. The story starts with Jean Patrick, a young .

SWIMMING. The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan. Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.

The Weight of Water

A brilliant story told in verse that is very easy to read but difficult to put down! Enter the world of Kasienka, travelling from Poland to find her father in Britain with nothing but her heart broken mother, a suitcase and an old laundry bag.

SAILING. Out on the Water: Twelve Tales from the Sea by Tessa Duder. Ten short stories, and two longer historical ones, bring to life the thrills and challenges of sailing, paddling and travelling on the seas around New Zealand. Accompanied by Bruce Potter’s vivid illustrations.

Monday, 3 November 2014 Out on the Water Twelve Tales of the Sea Tessa Duder; illustrated by Bruce Potter New collection ev.

SWIMMING. Breathless by Jessica Warman. When Katie Kitrell is shipped off to boarding school, it doesn't take her long to become part of the It Crowd. She's smart, she's cute, and she's a swimming prodigy. What her new friends, roommate, and boyfriend don't know is that Katie has kept a secret about her past-that her schizophrenic older brother, Will, is quickly descending deeper into insanity. As her lie constantly threatens to reveal itself, it's all Katie can do to keep her head above…

When Katie Kitrell is shipped off to boarding school, it doesn't take her long to become part of the It Crowd.

BASEBALL. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach "Harbach, one of the founding editors of takes a decade to try and produce his own Great American Novel and ends up earning comparisons to Herman Melville.

WRESTLING. On The Mat by Archimede Fusillo. When you're the constant butt of everyone's jibes about your weight, shape and lack of sporting skill, it's hard to trust anyone who tells you that you have a talent. Told he has the makings of a great wrestler, Claude dismisses the idea. Then the past starts to catch up with him, his mum, and the mysterious, oddball new kid in town who's named after a legendary Australian wrestler...

Fishpond New Zealand, On the Mat by Archimede Fusillo. Buy Books online: On the Mat, ISBN Archimede Fusillo

Drop In / Donald Lemke. Omar Grebes never slows down. When he’s not shredding concrete at Ocean Beach Skate Park, he’s kicking through surf at Imperial Beach or scarfing down fish tacos from the nearest roadside shop. Soon, his wiry six-foot frame and live-or-die lifestyle catch the attention of big-name sponsors. But one of them offers Omar more than he bargained for . . . a chance to join the mysterious 900 Revolution and claim a piece of history.

Omar Grebes and his friend Tommy Goff are both reckless skateboarders, but when they become involved with a mysterious organization called The Revolution, things get confusing and dangerous

BASKETBALL. The Final Four by Paul Volponi. March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams let in the NCAA basketball championship. The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first game in the seminfinals, and it’s there that the fates of Malcolm, Roko, Crispin, and M.J. intertwine. Which team will leave the Superdome victorious?

YA The Final Four, Basketball. Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.