Cousins, Kate and Mike, are baseball fanatics. Lucky for them, Kate's mom happens to be a sports reporter, so they get to tag along on plenty of trips to the ballpark. Each game offers up a new mystery, and Kate and Mike put their heads together to solve the puzzle. Like when Kate's mom took them to see the Phillie's play. Hot dogs zoomed through the air as the game geared up. The Phillie Phanatic rode out on his ATV, drawing attention from the crowd. Everyone was exited, watching the game, when suddenly, during a crucial play, the bat shattered into pieces. Disappointment echoed through the crowd. The Phillie's lost, all because of the broken bat! Kate and Mike come to find out that there's been a rash of broken bats for the team, and suspicions are high. When they hear that the culprit may be the Phanatic, they just can't believe it. After meeting Ben Franklin, Kate and Mike start adding up the clues, but what they uncover will shake things up even more. Who is behind the bats breaking? What happened to Phil? Is Ben Franklin keeping a secret? You'll have to pick up The Philly Fake: Book 9 of the Ballpark Mysteries to fill in all the cracks. ;)
The Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly are fun stories, especially if you like baseball. I'm not a sports fan, but those who like baseball facts will enjoy these books. Mike and Kate are both clever and work well together. The writing sets the scene and makes you want to go to a ball game. I'd recommend these books to readers age six and up or anyone who loves baseball. The Ballpark Mysteries are great for parents to read with their sports loving kids. I also liked the Doug Out Notes at the end- it's fun to learn things!
Has anyone else read the Ballpark Mysteries or any other books by this author? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Stop by Friday to read our interview with David A. Kelly.