During the 2014 World Cup, Tim Howard became an overnight soccer sensation, breaking the record for saves in a World Cup game, and gaining name recognition as a top goalkeeper. What is less common knowledge is Howard’s journey to get to those World Cup games. His memoir, The Keeper (Harper $16.99), tells that story, from his childhood in New Jersey, where he was a hyperactive young kid with Tourette’s syndrome, to the world soccer stage. For fans of Howard’s play, and readers who enjoy unconventional success stories, Howard’s memoir is an entertaining and inspiring read, as well as a peek behind the scenes of top-level World Cup play. Ages 9-13. Courtney Burtraw

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062387554
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Published: HarperCollins - December 9th, 2014

Few baseball fans can resist Yankee pinstripes, especially when they cover a new picture book about Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio (Atheneum, $17.99). With casual, folksy prose and James E. Ransome’s detailed illustrations, author Jonah Winter portrays DiMaggio’s early years, living near the San Francisco waterfront. DiMaggio’s baseball prowess led to a meteoric rise to fame as the New York Yankee’s center-fielder. His quiet demeanor added to his mystique, and Joe handled his stardom with great dignity, even after setting a record of hitting safely in 56 consecutive games. This record still endures today, along with the respect for this American legend.  Ages 4-8. RBB

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By Jonah Winter, James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416940807
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

It’s 1948, and on the track Midge “Toughie” Brasuhn and Gerry Murray are Roller Derby Rivals (Holiday House, $16.95). Off the track, it’s a different story. The two women are good friends who play up their roles as competitors to feed the crowds’ frenzy. Sue Macy imagines what a bout between these two players and their respective teams might have been like in this exciting picture book. Matt Collins’s detailed and vivid illustrations make readers practically hear the roar of the crowd—nearly 5,000 strong. This book gives an illuminating peek into an era of sports history that is often forgotten, and includes detailed resources for the curious reader who wants to do some further digging.  Ages 5-8. ENR

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By Sue Macy, Matt Collins (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823429233
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Published: Holiday House - August 31st, 2014

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