Mr. Spade’s sixth-grade class has arrived at the bowling alley for their field trip. Cat notices that Lily, a new student, has not lined up to rent shoes. She discovers that Lily is an accomplished bowler, having recently won a Father-Daughter bowling championship; thus, she has her own shoes and custom-made ball. Lily confidently approaches the lane and throws—a gutter ball. Distraught, she tries again—with the same result. She asks the manager to change lanes, but continues to throw gutter balls. Cat and her friends work with some of the employees of the bowling alley (especially the one in charge of the surveillance tapes) to solve the mystery. They discover the culprit who has caused the lanes to warp which changes the course of the ball. Some of the text appears in white print on black pages—apparently to add emphasis to certain lines. Colorful full-page illustrations support the storyline. This is a good choice for readers who are ready for chapter books. Part of the “Field Trip Mysteries” series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 6 to 8.
Steve Brezenoff is the author ofmore than fiftymiddle-grade chapter books, includingthe Field Trip Mysteries series, the Ravens Pass series of thrillers, and the Return to the Titanic series. In his spare time, he enjoys video games, cycling, and cooking. Steve lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Beth, and their son and daughter.
Spanish-born Marcos Calo began his career working for various Spanish animation studios as a concept artist for CGI movies. During that time he also worked freelance doing illustration, commercial work, and occasionally comic books. Marcos usually works digitally, although he still likes to start his drawings on paper first. After wandering around different cities, he is finally settled in A Coruña, where his collection of comics and picture books is always growing.