Now leading off the line-up, book number one in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!
Thanks to Kate's mom, a sports reporter, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have tickets to the Red Sox game and All Access passes to Fenway Park. But as they're watching batting practice before the game, the lucky bat of Red Sox star slugger Big D is stolen...right in front of dozens of people. Without the bat, Big D can't seem to hit a thing. Can Kate and Mike figure out who pinched the bat before Big D and the Sox chalk up a loss?
The Fenway Foul-Up includes fun facts about Boston's Fenway Park.
Cross Ron Roy's mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed right at beginning readers.
©2011 David A. Kelly (P)2011 Listening Library
"Folding information about Fenway Park and its colorful history into the tale, Kelly also artfully slips in simple red herrings along with real clues to the thief's identity and the bat's whereabouts that sharper readers may pick up before the young detectives do.... Leading off a formulaic series that will take Mike and Kate to baseball parks around the major leagues, this book should draw baseball fans as well as budding whodunit aficionados." (Booklist)
"A new series for emerging chapter-book readers combines the allure of baseball parks with the challenge of solving a mystery.... Historical details about Fenway Park, including the secret code found on the manual scoreboard, a look at Wally the mascot and a peek into the gift shop, will keep the young baseball fan reading." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Kelly throws in plenty of behind-the-scenes Fenway Park trivia...and keeps the story moving at a quick pace, which should easily hold baseball-lovers' attention." (Publishers Weekly)
This book is an excellent book for kids who love baseball and love mysteries. Our class enjoyed listening to the story each day. We recommend this book for any child who needs a new series to keep them note rested this summer.
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