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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
BASKETBALL. Boy21 by Matthew Quick. It's never been easy for Finley, particularly at home. But two things keep him going: his place on the basketball team and his girlfriend, Erin - the light in even the darkest of his days. Then Russ arrives. He answers only to Boy21, claims to be from outer space, and also has a past he wants to escape. He's one of the best high school basketball players in the country and threatens to steal Finley's starting position.
Rugby Academy: Surface to Air by Tom Palmer. Rory will stop at nothing to perfect his kicking. He'll keep on training long after other players have called it a day. But now Rory is in France for the European Championship and he struggles to keep his head while everything seems set against him.
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.
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.