Ballpark Mysteries #4: The Astro Outlaw

Ballpark Mysteries #4: The Astro Outlaw

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by David A. Kelly, Mark Meyers
     
 

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Now batting clean-up—book #4 in a new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

Houston, we have a problem! Before a game at the Astros' ballpark, Mike and Kate get to meet astronaut commander Nick Rice at the nearby Houston Space Center. He's planning to display a very rare moonrock at an autographing

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Now batting clean-up—book #4 in a new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

Houston, we have a problem! Before a game at the Astros' ballpark, Mike and Kate get to meet astronaut commander Nick Rice at the nearby Houston Space Center. He's planning to display a very rare moonrock at an autographing event later. But just before the event, a nefarious outlaw knocks out the commander and steals the moonrock! Can Mike and Kate figure out who did it . . . when their only clue is a broken green feather?

The Astro Outlaw includes a fun act page about the Houston Astros' stadium with trivia about the train on the outfield wall and the homerun gas pump.

Cross Ron Roy's A to Z Mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed at the younger brothers and sisters of John Feinstein's fans.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Volume four in the "Ballpark Mysteries" series finds friends Mike and Kate in Houston with Kate's Dad, a baseball scout. While visiting, Mike and Kate get a VIP tour of the Johnson Space Center, where they meet astronaut Commander Rice. Commander Rice is scheduled to appear at an upcoming Huston Astros game to throw out the first pitch and sign autographs. When Commander Rice and his priceless moon rock disappear from the stadium, Mike and Kate set out to solve the mystery of the missing astronaut and find the thief. A quick chapter book perfect for baseball lovers, readers learn a bit about the history of the Huston baseball team as well as America's space program. The fast paced story will also appeal to reluctant readers. While occasionally falling into an instructional tone for the delivery of factual information (did you know the Astro's stadium has the only outfield hill in major league baseball?), the characters are reasonably well developed and the mystery plot holds together well. A web address mentioned in the books leads to "Mike's blog" and more information about the series. This is a good additional purchase for chapter book collections, particularly those serving a large population of reluctant readers. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375899669
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Ballpark Mysteries Series , #4
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
682,552
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

DAVID A. KELLY has written for many newspapers and magazines, and Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse, published in spring 2009, was his first book for children. He lives 15 minutes from Fenway Park in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife, Alice; two sons, Steven and Scott; and a dog named Sam.

MARK MEYERS grew up in Utah and studied art in San Francisco at the Academy of Art University.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Astro Outlaw 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Epic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ballpark Mysteries are a great read! My 6 year old LOVES them. It is a perfect mix of baseball and mystery. The author does a great job writing this children's series. Keep 'em coming, David!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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