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Ballpark Mysteries: The Fenway Foul-Up (David A. Kelly)

on September 26, 2011
The Fenway foul-up
Ballpark Mysteries: The Fenway Foul-Up (Book 1) by David A. Kelly)
Age: 4th Grade (Easy Reader)
Penworthy Books, 2011
ISBN: 978037586733
96 pages

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Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have game tickets for the Boston Red Sox v. the Oakland Athletic’s and all-access passes to explore Fenway Park. During batting practice, the lucky bat that belongs to Big D, the game’s best hitter, is stolen! Without his lucky bat in tow, will the Red Sox be doomed to lose the game? Can Mike and Kate solve the mystery of the missing bat and help save the day?

This is a great new mystery series to add to the mix for this age group. What is unique about this series is that it takes place in all the different ballparks in the United States. Kate’s mom is a sports writer for the very popular website American Sportz, and can take the kids with her for her articles.

In this book, we are introduced to Mike and Kate. Cousins who are inquisitive, clever, and corny (ie Mike’s puns). Mike knows a lot about baseball, and Kate knows a lot about almost everything else. Together, these two were able to put all the clues together to figure out just what did happen to Big D’s bat. Although I was able to guess early on what did happen to the bat, I like that Kelly threw in a couple of twists to throw off the kids. Between interviewing suspects, talking to witnesses, and doing some hands-on sleuth-work, this book will be perfect for fans of baseball and series like Encyclopedia Brown.

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