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Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-up (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Paperback – February 22, 2011
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"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
More About the Author
- Author, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse, Random House, Spring, 2009, Ballpark Mystery Series, Random House, Spring, 2011
- Contributor, The New York Times "Practical Guide to Practically Everything"
- Travel writer, New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Miami Herald, multiple AAA publications and many more newspapers and magazines
- Technology writer, New York Times, Microsoft, Oracle, Symantec, and many other corporate magazines
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Top Customer Reviews
Cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins not only share a love for baseball but a challenge as well. When they learn that one player's "lucky bat" has been stolen, they do all they can to not only find the bat but the one responsible as well.
There are several lessons in this book that we as adults can share with children. One is the importance of being observant to things going on around us. There is also the lesson of not taking something that doesn't belong to us, never knowing what the consequences could be. Probably one of the great lessons that Kelly shares is that good deeds are always rewarded, sometimes in ways you could never expect. This proved true for Mike and Kate and can easily be the case for all of us.
A clever read with just enough twists and turns to keep a child's attention, David A. Kelly hits another one out the park with THE FENWAY FOUL-UP.
Cyrus Webb, Conversations Book Club/Conversations Magazine
* 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.
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.
The first book in The Ballpark Mysteries, Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-up (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)), takes place at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins are cousins and since Kate's mom is a sports reporter, they get great seats and not to mention, all-access to the ballpark. What kid wouldn't dream of that? However, as they watch batting practice, they discover that the bat of Big D, the Red Sox's best hitter, is stolen! Mike and Kate set off an adventure to uncover the clues that will solve the mystery.
I really enjoyed The Fenway Foul-up and can see how any 6- 9 year old baseball fan would step to the plate and devour this book like a box of Crackerjack! Kelly intersperses the perfect mix of sports action, crime-solving and facts about Fenway Park. For example, young readers will be fascinated to learn that Fenway Park still uses a hand-operated scoreboard and the initials of the former owners are even hidden on the scoreboard. Dugout Notes at the end of the book provide more fun-filled baseball facts and you can catch a glimpse of Book #2, The Pinstripe Ghost--can't wait for this one!
These books are exciting for him to read! And all the little tidbits of information regarding the actual ballpark, is wonderful. His dream is to one day go to Fenway, so this book is perfect.
Thank you to the author! My child LOVES to read chapter books now!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great novel book to break up into chapters to read to your child to get them into novels. I currently read a few pages a night and that equals a chapter! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Simmy
Loved it for our grandson! He now wants the rest of the series!!Published 19 days ago by Ruby L Leek
My 7 year old son has really enjoyed this book. He doesn't love reading but this has kept his interest. Well written and is perfect for a 2nd grader! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie Hrtin
It could have Been better if it had a better story line like about the charecters you just get in the story and it just leaves u wondering what just happend I am pretty much saying... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hayden
Great series to read with grades 2-4. My reluctant readers really liked this book and I decided to purchase books 1-9 so I could have the books on hand for them to take back to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ruth Hawkins