St. Louis, Here we come!

Mike and Kate are off to St. Louis for their latest ballpark adventure.  In Ballpark Mysteries book #14, THE CARDINALS CAPER, Mike and Kate journey to St. Louis for a Cardinals baseball game. Before the game, they get to meet the Clydesdale horses and Dalmatian dog. But just as the game starts, the dog goes missing! Can Mike and Kate find the missing dog before the end of the game? Or will the Cardinals have to give up one of their World Series trophies to get the dog back?

It’s Christmas in Cooperstown!

If you’ve read the Ballpark Mysteries books carefully, you might know that Mike and Kate live in Cooperstown, New York, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. And while most of Mike and Kate’s mysteries take place in ballparks during the spring, summer, or fall, the latest Ballpark Mysteries book takes place in Cooperstown in the winter!

In Christmas in Cooperstown, Ballpark Mysteries Super Special #2, Mike and Kate get to sleep over in the Hall of Fame! But before they leave, they discover something strange: the Hall of Fame’s Honus Wagner baseball card (worth millions of dollars!) is a fake! Can they discover who stole the multi-million dollar Honus Wagner card and get it back to the Hall of Fame before Christmas? Find out in this fun holiday Ballpark Mysteries Super Special!

Summer Reading Tips

Great article on summer reading tips from the Washington Post, including a nice mention of the Ballpark Mysteries. One librarian got her son hooked on the Ballpark Mysteries books, and he used them as a jumping off point to explore the wider world around him. From the article:

Knowing her son is obsessed with baseball, Icaza helped him discover the Ballpark Mystery Series. “It clicked for him and he read the whole series,” she says. In fact, one summer, they went on vacation and he got a minor league baseball directory at a ballpark. He read about each team in the country. “It sounds very boring, but for him, he was learning about the mascots, and I liked it because he was learning about what cities were in different states.”

The Capital Catch

The latest Ballpark Mysteries book is now out!

The Capital Catch

In The Capital Catch, Mike and Kate travel to Washington D.C. to watch as Washington Nationals game. But before they make it to the game, Mike gets to meet the President of the United States! And the President has a problem–someone’s stealing things from his brother, a star player on the Washington Nationals’ team! Can Mike and Kate help the commander-in-chief catch a criminal?

The Basketball Blowout!

Anyone who likes my Ballpark Mysteries series of baseball chapter books will definitely appreciate The Basketball Blowout, the latest book in my MVP series. While it doesn’t have any baseball, it does have plenty of action, and even some inventive popcorn flavors!

Join the MVP Club as they try to raise money for their basketball tournament. At first, they think selling popcorn will be easy . . . but then Luke eats more popcorn than he sells! Plus there’s a new kid at school who might need the money even more than the team does. Can the MVP kids raise enough money, win the tournament, and help their friend?

MVP #4 – The Basketball Blowout

Washington DC Fans – Book Signing

Attention all Washington DC-area Ballpark Mysteries fans! I’ll be signing books at Hooray for Books in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 6pm! Please stop by to say hello or pick up a signed Ballpark Mysteries or MVP book. And although I can’t share it with you yet, this is a bit of a warm up for February, when the Washington Nationals’ Ballpark Mystery, THE CAPITAL CATCH, comes out!

The Capital Catch
The Capital Catch

The Football Fumble

My 4th book this year (and there’s still one more to go!) goes on sale today. The FOOTBALL FUMBLE is the third book in my new MVP sports series of chapter books, great for boys and girls in grades 2, 3, and 4 who love sports and action.

MVP series book #3
MVP series book #3

The MVP chapter book series is about a group of kids at an elementary school who play different sports and have mysteries and adventures. If you like the BALLPARK MYSTERIES, you’ll like my MVP series! THE FOOTBALL FUMBLE is a perfect book for fall, with lots of football and even an ice cream cone to the face for one of the characters! Don’t worry–there are plenty more BALLPARK MYSTERIES books on the way, but it’s been a real change and lots of fun writing about other sports (track and field, soccer, football, and basketball) for the MVP series. If you know a reader in grades 2, 3, or 4 that likes sports, action, mystery, or adventure, consider THE FOOTBALL FUMBLE or one of the other MVP books!

The cover, which is great, features Max, the book’s main character, who has to also confront a bully before his team has a chance to win the big football game. Another amazing cover by Scott Brundage, who did a great job capturing Max’s dilemma and showing all the exciting on-field football action. I’m thrilled that Random House Children’s Books is behind the MVP sports series and can’t wait for next year’s basketball-themed release! More sports chapter books on the way. Pick one up at your local bookstore or online – http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780553513257