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The Fenway Foul-up (Ballpark Mysteries Series #1)

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Now leading off the line-up—book #1 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 ...

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Overview

Now leading off the line-up—book #1 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 a fun fact page 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kelly kicks off his Ballpark Mysteries series of early readers by introducing cousins and budding sleuths Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins, who are trying to figure out who has stolen the lucky bat of a star Boston Red Sox player. While few readers will doubt whether Mike and Kate will save the day, Kelly throws in plenty of behind-the-scenes Fenway Park trivia (both in the story and in an appendix) and keeps the story moving at a quick pace, which should easily hold baseball-lovers' attention. Meyers contributes b&w artwork not seen by PW. Also available: The Pinstriped Ghost. Ages 6–9. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
Mike Walsh is a baseball fan through and through. His cousin Kate likes it OK, but when her mom, a sports reporter, gets them tickets to a Boston Red Sox game plus all-access passes to Fenway Park, she is just as excited as Mike. The two catch the pre-game excitement as the Sox warm up during batting practice. It is especially fun watching Big D, the star hitter slam ball after ball deep into the outfield, into the left field seats, or out of the ballpark. It gets even more exciting when, while he is signing autographs at the end of batting practice, Big D's lucky bat disappears. The game between the Sox and the Oakland A's is starting soon. Big D can't hit without his lucky bat, and it's up to Kate and Mike to find it before Big D and the Boston Red Sox lose the game. Part of the "Ballpark Mysteries" series from Stepping Stone Books, this early reader mystery will appeal to both baseball fans and mystery lovers everywhere. The mystery is simple, and readers may figure out "whodunit" before Kate and Mike, but Kelly has thrown in enough red herrings to keep it interesting for even the most sophisticated young reader. As an added bonus, he includes behind the scenes Fenway trivia, both in the story and in the appendix. Kelly may not have hit it out of the park with this one, but the combination of baseball and mystery is definitely a hit and if this book is any indication, he is on his way to a winning series. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
Kirkus Reviews

A new series for emerging chapter-book readers combines the allure of baseball parks with the challenge of solving a mystery. Mike and Kate have tickets to a Red Sox game and an all-access pass to the park, courtesy of Kate's mom, a sportswriter. The pass comes in handy when it's reported that star player Big D's lucky bat has been stolen, as it allows them to help find the thief. 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, even when the actual mystery of the missing bat falls a little flat. Writing mysteries for very young readers is a challenge—the puzzle has to be easy enough to solve while sustaining readers' interest. This slight adventure is more baseball-park travel pamphlet than mystery, a vehicle for providing interesting details about one of the hallowed halls of baseball. Not a homerun, but certainly a double for the young enthusiast. On deck? The Pinstripe Ghost, also out on Feb. 22, 2011. (historical notes)(Mystery. 6-9)

From the Publisher
"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 (both in the story and in an appendix) and keeps the story moving at a quick pace, which should easily hold baseball-lovers' attention." - Publisher's Weekly

"...should score with the series chapter-book gang, particularly kids who enjoy the blend of fiction and information that keeps the Magic Tree House thriving. There are a couple of sly misdirections to please beginner mystery readers, some Fenway-specific trivia to intrigue nonfiction readers, and the promise of the entire gamut of major-league baseball stadiums yet to visit for those continuing with the series. A scattering of black-and-white pictures and appended “Dugout Notes” extend the fun." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"...Any 6- 9 year old baseball fan would step to the plate and devour this book like a box of Crackerjacks! Kelly intersperses the perfect mix of sports action, crime-solving and facts about Fenway Park." - Examiner.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375867033
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Ballpark Mysteries Series , #1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 52,981
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Kelly
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. This is his first project for Random House.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Great baseball book

    This series is about a ball park mystery at Fenway Park. Big D's bat goes missing.They look everywhere in Fenway Park but they can't find it anywhere. Mike Wash and his cousin Kate Hopkins, try to find the missing bat.This is a great book for people who like mysteries and like baseball.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

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    A Home Run for Young Sports Fans...

    . Ballpark Mysteries are a great addition to the early chapter books currently out there.
    . Author David A. Kelly is definitely filling a need for more sports books for newly independent readers.
    . Mysteries set in sports venues makes a combination guaranteed to work for young boys and sports-oriented girls.
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    Kate Hopkins and Mike Walsh have accompanied Kate's mom to Fenway Park for a Boston Red Sox game against the Oakland A's. During batting practice, Big D's lucky bat goes missing. Big D is the Red Sox's biggest hitter, but without his lucky bat he can't do much. After some great detecting, Kate and Mike save the day when they locate the missing bat.

    The writing is simple and so is the story. Young sports fans will eat this up. This book will be a grand slam for Boston fans, but general sports fans will enjoy it as well, using this one to whet their appetite until Kelly gets around to setting a story in their favorite team's stadium. The second book, already published, is set in Yankee Stadium and the third in Los Angeles Dodger Stadium.

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    Posted October 25, 2013

    AWSOME!!!!!!!!!

    My mom can't by em fast enough she dosent know that i
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    Posted October 20, 2012

    First book on my nook!

    When my dad first got my nook on my birthday and I saw it on here I read the sample and asked him to buy it and it tured out to be great!

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    Posted August 11, 2012

    Fenway park

    I READ THIS BOOK IN SCHOOL OVER AND OVER AGAIN ILIKE THIS BOOK CAUSE I LIKE THE RED SOX.

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