The L.A. Dodger (Ballpark Mysteries Series #3)

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Now batting third?book #3 in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

It's spring break and Kate and Mike are off to Los Angeles to visit Kate's dad, a scout for the Dodgers. But all is not sunny in L.A.?strange things have been happening to Kate's dad. Pages have gone missing from his clipboard. He's gotten threatening phone calls. And he thinks he's being followed! Is someone after...

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Overview

Now batting third—book #3 in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

It's spring break and Kate and Mike are off to Los Angeles to visit Kate's dad, a scout for the Dodgers. But all is not sunny in L.A.—strange things have been happening to Kate's dad. Pages have gone missing from his clipboard. He's gotten threatening phone calls. And he thinks he's being followed! Is someone after Mr. Hopkins's top secret scouting reports?

The L.A. Dodger includes a fun fact page about Los Angeles's Dodger Stadium.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Thomas
Number three in the "Ballpark Mystery" series takes cousins Mike and Kate to visit Kate's father in Los Angeles. He is a scout for the L.A. Dodgers and treats the children to a tour of Dodger Stadium, as well as other tourist attractions in the Los Angeles area. However, there has been some trouble in the scouting business with important papers, cell phones, and notebooks going missing. As Kate's father tries to protect the special notebook he is carrying, the children notice that someone has been following them and they hatch a plan to catch him. This is a good introduction to the mystery genre and readers will enjoy following the characters through this series, especially if they have an interest in baseball. The "Dugout Notes" at the end of the book are a good addition connecting facts to the fiction. The series also has a good website (ballparkmysteries.com) that includes a blog by Mike, the main character, bonus features, and a guide for educators. Reviewer: Susan Thomas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375868856
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Ballpark Mysteries Series , #3
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 43,973
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (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.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended ... check it out.

    The third book in the Ballpark Mysteries Series by David A. Kelly titled, The L.A. Dodger, is a fun read for kids in the 6-9 age range whether reading on their own, with a parent or in the classroom. The writing is clear and well done and the who-done-it has some fresh twists. Parents reading to their kids may not admit it, but the book is full of curiosities, especially in the 'Dugout Notes', that will teach them things they didn't know. Teachers as well will love the numerous uses for classroom whole language curriculum. It is a high interest subject teaching the benefits of doing good deeds and cooperation which produces positive returns. The format compares for the young reader a fictional mystery and then a set of non-fictional fascinating facts. Sports fans and others of all ages will love Mr. Kelly's tale.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Awesome

    This book be David A. Kelly starrs Kate and Mike Hopkins. They are trying to track down a detective - crook that stole from their dad and hacked in to their mother's email account. They have been all over Los Angelos and taken a lot of pictures. They find out that the theif is in each photo! This crook is a good plan cracker and manages to weasel out of one of their plans - for a short time. Finally, the theif is in jail once and for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Great Book!

    The book was about Mike and Kate going to L.A Doger's game and someone is dodging them. Thanks for reading my review.

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    Posted January 26, 2012

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