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The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery Paperback – September 9, 2014
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"... As deeply moving as Field of Dreams, R.M. Clark has created a very memorable story that gives honor to those who played in the Negro league in that bygone age. The Secret at Haney Field captures your heart in a childlike way that recalls the simplicity of the game...Inspiring, intriguing and insightful, The Secret at Haney Field will place you in both eras of the game and deliver not only a wonderfully suspenseful mystery, but reveal a rich history as well." ~ Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
". . . a well-written Disney-like story. . . . The characters are well-drawn and likable, and Clark obviously knows baseball. . . . A home run. . . ." - Kirkus Reviews
From the Inside Flap
April O'Day, a spunky twelve-year-old, has a grand-slam summer acting
as the bat retriever for her hometown's minor-league baseball team and, along with
her best friend Darren Plummer, solving a mystery on the field dating back to the
days of the Negro Leagues
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This book effectively combines the author's obvious knowledge of the baseball game's strategies, history and excitement. Along the way, topics like lying, deception, love, belonging and racial prejudice are combined to make an interesting and engaging story. For those who know nothing about baseball a glossary of terms is included. The cool thing about this book is that the hero is a girl who acts as the 'batboy' (bat retreiver) who proves to the Harpoons (the local minor league team) that she knows more about baseball than the team manager, and gains players respect for her cunning and wisdom. She coaches the pitcher and batters; no mean feat for an 11 year old who loves the game.
Along the way she discovers that she can see ghost players running the bases from the old Negro League, and even talk to them. The owner of the team tries to cover up leaving the negro players on the team off a team plaque dedicated to the players who were killed fighting in the war when it was dedicated by the town, because they were Negro. The owner suffered guilt for decades over that. April, the hero, eventually confronts the owner about this racism, and everything turns our okay in the end.
I can recommend this book for 5-8th graders. It is a heart warming story of an intelligent, wise, considerate girl who makes the world a better place while helping her family, friends and various adults in a clever way.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
April O’Day is off for the summer and she has won a contest, allowing her to be be bat-girl for a week for her hometown minor league baseball team, the Harpoons. When the players begin improving after listening to April’s advice, she is asked to remain bat-girl for the whole summer. After April sees a ghost at the field and strange things begin happening, her and her friend Danny set out to figure out what is going on.
The characters are well developed and well-rounded and the children seem to act like a typical twelve year old would. It was very refreshing that the heroine was twelve year old, baseball knowledged, girl.
The mystery and the supernatural edge are intertwined nicely and add an extra element to the book. The suspense built nicely and there are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. I was not able to fully solve the mystery on my own, but had to wait for it to be revealed at the end of the book. The writing style flows smoothly and this is an easy read.
I would recommend this book to any schooled aged child, boy or girl, who enjoy reading mysteries. I would also recommend this book to adults who enjoy the same thing.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank both NetGalley and MB Publishing for allowing me to read such a great book.
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