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More than Stats: A library list inspired by The Wolves

Game. On. The Wolves are undefeated, and they plan to stay that way. Fiercely competitive and strikingly talented, theses nine elite high school athletes gather each Saturday to battle it out at their indoor soccer league and leave it all on the field. But, when the world outside the game starts to creep onto their turf, will the pack be able to stick together? A ferociously funny and achingly honest portrait of the warriors that are teenage girls, The Wolves is a formidable and unexpected new play taking the theatre world by storm.

The Wolves takes to the field, June 1-29.

Looking for some more stories about soccer and strong female leads? Score some new titles with these books and movies from The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County!

BOOKS

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Sydney has always felt invisible. She’s grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world. Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. A New York Times bestseller and a TIME Magazine Top 10 Children’s Book of 2015, Saint Anything is a poignant, honest young adult novel about how we might suffer the misfortune of someone else’s bad choices, how people who love us can become family when we desperately need it, and how starting over might⏤miraculously⏤mean taking a solid leap forward.

Forward by Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer⏤male or female⏤in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. With stunning candor, Abby shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete. Far more than a sports memoir, Forward is gripping tale of resilience and redemption–and a reminder that heroism is, above all, about embracing life’s challenges with fearlessness and heart.

Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Phem

Following little Shannon’s life from kindergarten through fifth grade, graphic novel Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in “The Group.” Shannon’s honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are–and why finding them is worth the journey.

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

In America, it is soccer. But in Great Britain, it is the real football. No pads, no prayers, no prisoners. And that’s before the players even take the field.

Nick Hornby has been a football fan since the moment he was conceived. Call it predestiny. Or call it preschool. Fever Pitch is his tribute to a lifelong obsession. Part autobiography, part comedy, part incisive analysis of insanity, Hornby’s award-winning memoir captures the fever pitch of fandom — its agony and ecstasy, its community, its defining role in thousands of young mens’ coming-of-age stories. Fever Pitch is one for the home team. But above all, it is one for everyone who knows what it really means to have a losing season.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters as they grow up in two cultures. The García sisters⏤Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía⏤and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wondrous but not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways as the girls try find new lives: by straightening their hair and wearing American fashions, and by forgetting their Spanish. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. Here they tell their stories about being at home⏤and not at home⏤in America.

Movies

Bend it Like Beckham

Eighteen year-old Jesminder’s parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she’s spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women’s team.

Offside

A group of girl soccer fans smuggle themselves into Tehran’s Azadi Stadium to watch a World Cup soccer match between Bahrain and Iran despite a ban on women spectators.

Gracie

Gracie Bowen is your average 15-year-old, except for one thing⏤she is determined to play varsity boys soccer. When her school forbids her to play and even her family questions her ability, Gracie sets out on an extraordinary quest to prove them all wrong. Fighting to change the school’s policy and facing off against some of the toughest competitors on the soccer field, Gracie must summon all of her strength and courage to finally show the world that a girl with a dream can do whatever she wants.

 Whip It

Bliss Cavendar is a small-town teenager with a big dream: to find her own path in the world. Tired of following in her family’s footsteps of compliance and conformity, Bliss discovers a way to put her life on the fast track, literally. She lands a spot on a rough-and-tumble roller derby team and becomes “Babe Ruthless,” the hottest thing on eight wheels.

Dare to Dream

They started out on empty fields in small towns and cities across America, a handful of friends and family gathered to cheer them from the sidelines. Through seventeen years of bus trips, concussions, childbirth, and family deaths, they survived soaring triumphs and devastating losses. Then one day they woke up to find themselves at the center of the world. They were Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers, and Joy Fawcett–cultural icons at the forefront of a revolution that would change the landscape of sports.

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