Synopses & Reviews
Now leading off the line-up—book #1 in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!
Thanks to Kate's mom, a sports reporter, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have tickets to the Red Sox game and All Access passes to Fenway Park. But as they're watching batting practice before the game, the lucky bat of Red Sox star slugger Big D is stolen . . . right in front of dozens of people. Without the bat, Big D can't seem to hit a thing. Can Kate and Mike figure out who pinched the bat before Big D and the Sox chalk up a loss?
The Fenway Foul-Up includes a fun fact page about Boston's Fenway Park.
Cross Ron Roy's mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed right at beginning readers.
"Kelly kicks off his Ballpark Mysteries series of early readers by introducing cousins and budding sleuths Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins, who are trying to figure out who has stolen the lucky bat of a star Boston Red Sox player. While few readers will doubt whether Mike and Kate will save the day, 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. Meyers contributes b&w artwork not seen by PW. Also available: The Pinstriped Ghost. Ages 6 9. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Includes 3 copies each of Ballpark Mysteries #4 The Astro Outlaw (978-0375-86880-1), Baseball Mysteries #3: The L.A. Dodger (978-0-375-86885-6:), Ballpark Mysteries #2: The Pinstripe Ghost (978-0-375-86704-0), and Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-up (978-0-375-86703-3)
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About the Author
Kurtis Scaletta is the author of several well-received middle grade novels, including the baseball-centric story Mudville, one of Booklistand#8217;s 2009 Top 10 Sports Books for Youth. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Artist Ethen Beavers has worked on comics editions of the Justice League, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Star Wars. He also illustrates the popular bestselling NERDS series. He lives in Modesto, California.