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Product Details

  • Series: Van Stone Novel
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461030706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461030706
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,222,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I would recommend this book for the young adult reader; it is fun and eventful, with suspense and action. Van Stone is a strong character, and has an amazing way of dealing with life. Devitt provides some great ballpark background as he delivers the goods." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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"The Card is a fast-paced, entertaining action-adventure story both fathers and sons can read and enjoy together. Devitt's experience working in a major league baseball clubhouse adds a really nice element of realism to the story as well. Baseball fans will be drawn to this book, and be even further pleased with the mystery surrounding the "card." - BookDads.com

About the Author

Jim Devitt spent eight years working behind the scenes in a Major League clubhouse. After his time in professional baseball, Jim graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, and then continued on to complete his Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed research papers and presented at conferences throughout the country. He currently lives in Merritt Island, Florida with his wife Melissa and their two children.

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed the book....it is a Young Adult read.
Silver's Reviews
The writing is strong-- full of verve and pathos-- and the characters are well developed.
J. Jacobsen
It is a book that once you start reading it you cannot put in down..
Dorothy Perez

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Valente on March 29, 2011
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Ever wonder what a book by Clive Cussler would be like if Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino were teen-agers? Well I now know the answer, Van Stone and his side-kicks will take you on the same kind of ride I have only found in a Cussler novel.

I was originally looking for a book for my sons to read when I stumbled onto The Card. The cover intrigued me, and after reading the synopsis, I purchased it for myself. What seems to start out as a book about a batboy for the Seattle Mariners quickly turns into a mystery-adventure. (I have to admit, I pride myself on being able to figure out who-done-it, and potential plot twists. The ending on this one caught me completely by surprise!)

I think one most impressed me about this book was that it is completely believable. The characters, Van, Fred and Zoe can be found in any high school. I particularly like how strong a character Zoe is, a great role model for any young lady.

More importantly though, everything they do is feasible. There is no magic, no strange coincidences, or anything that would make you say "yeah right!" (Though I must say Fred's use of bacon grease was brilliant!) The kids even use the metro-bus to travel through Seattle to avoid problems with parking. I've always disliked novels that have people pull up to some place downtown and always seem to find a spot to park.

The novel is well researched, I've been to Safeco field many times, and knew very little about the roof. Better yet, Jim Devitt weaves the facts into the story so well; you don't know you are learning.

As I said, I bought the book for my sons to read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I sincerely hope there will be more to come.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peggy D. Cuevas on April 25, 2011
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As an elementary school teacher I'm always on the lookout for good books that will encourage the boys in my class to read. The Card is now high on the list for everyone in my class - not just the boys! It moves quickly, the characters are so believeable, and the plot is just complex enough to catch their interest without overwhelming them with too many characters. Even the students in my class who've never seen a baseball card enjoyed the interplay between Van and his friend Fred. In fact, whenever someone in the class acts a little goofy several of my students have taken to calling him "Fred".
Every school library and classroom library should have a copy of The Card. In fact, multiple copies would probably be a great idea. Naturally, I read the book before I put it on my classroom library shelf and I enjoyed it as much as my students have. This is one of those rare books that makes you want to read more. I sincerely hope Jim Devitt will make this the first in a series.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Janice K Hurst on January 26, 2012
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This was an okay book for a teenage boy, but not for an adult. It was a clever idea that never quite got there for this adult. A nice kid gets a dream job as a ballboy for the Seattle Mariner's organization. The rest is about three kids who try to solve a mystery. It's good clean reading for your boys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Beam on August 3, 2012
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Jim Devitt's The Card is a wonderful young adult action/mystery, though it can easily be enjoyed by adults as well(attested by my own enjoyment of the book).

The story follows high school student Van Stone who wins an essay contest to become a batboy for the Seattle Mariners. Shortly after landing his dream job, Van's father gives him what seems to be an innocuous baseball card for his collection. The card turns out to be something much more and plunges Van into a mystery adventure in which he finds himself, his family, and his friends in danger because of the card and its connection to his father's research. If he cannot figure out the mystery of the card, he may end up losing his life, or of those he cares about.

The Card is full of action, suspense, and mystery. Though at first, I had a little trouble getting into the book with its young adult slant, once the mystery-laden plot took off, I found it hard to put down. The story takes several twists and turns and has an ending you won't see coming. The characters are fun, Van representing a maturity beyond his years, his friend Fred being the cut-up, and Zoe bringing a balance to the group.

Jim Devitt displays a strong behind-the-scenes knowledge of a major league baseball clubhouse, though the focus of the story goes far beyond these inner workings. The book is a quick read and has enough suspense to make it difficult to put down.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is a great book for young adults, and for adults once the mystery and action really take hold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alice Y. Yeh on July 8, 2012
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Van Stone, newest bat boy for the Seattle Mariners, has it made. He's quickly learning the ropes at work, enjoying an improved social status, and may even be allowed to purchase a car. Then tragedy strikes, and he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous mystery involving a recent gift: a baseball card for a mediocre player from the 1920s. Between suspicious men in suits, threatening letters, and gunfire, he and his friends need to piece together the puzzle before time runs out.

This novel takes us inside the world of baseball, or specifically, that of bat boys, with the introduction of Van's new job. For young sports fans, this may present a point of interest, especially as it is told through the eyes of a neophyte who is both awed and enthralled by each new experience. This "insider look" is one of the high points of the novel and encompasses a good portion of the beginning. The tragic beginning of the mystery is when the novel completely shifts gears.

The episodic nature of Van's detective work caters to younger readers and their reduced attention span. Still, it felt a little disjointed, even if it did come together at the end. As a healthcare professional, I was particularly bothered by the cavalier attitude that the book took towards unnecessary use of an x-ray device, especially when healthcare costs are ballooning. But I digress. As a whole, the story did well to avoid extraneous interactions and while a few more red herrings would have added more intrigue to the tale, its few plot twists were conducted rather nicely.

The Card is written in simple enough language that I would recommend it to middle grade readers and above. At times, the language became a bit awkward.
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More About the Author

Little did he know, Jim Devitt would write himself into Major League Baseball at an early age. He spent eight years working behind-the-scenes in an American League Clubhouse. Drawing on his experiences, Jim published his debut Young Adult novel, The Card, in 2011, later hitting #1 in three different categories on the Kindle Bestseller list.

After his time in professional baseball, Jim graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, and then continued on to complete his Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed research papers and presented at conferences throughout the country. You can find him posting weekly to Indies Unlimited, a site dedicated to independent authors, publishers, reviewers and readers and occasionally as a contributor on Yahoo!

Jim enjoys sports, the outdoors and family game night. He currently lives in Merritt Island, FL with his wife Melissa and their two children.

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