A Williamsport Win

Join Mike and Kate in Williamsport PA for the biggest Little League Baseball World Series yet! In THE WORLD SERIES KIDS, Mike and Kate are cheering on their hometown team, from Cooperstown NY, which is competing in the Little League World Series. But the competition gets tricky when someone starts trying to sabotage Cooperstown’s team–they punch holes in the tires of their bus, and the team’s equipment goes missing! Can Mike and Kate find the trickster before it’s too late? Or will these shenanigans cost Cooperstown the series?

The World Series Kids

A Big Babe Ruth Mystery in Baltimore!

Swing for the fences–or, should I say the B&O Warehouse! Mike and Kate are in Baltimore at Camden Yards for a Baltimore Orioles game, but someone has made off with Babe Ruth’s baseball glove! Can Mike and Kate find it? Will they get some help from a friendly oriole–or is that a parrot? Read THE BALTIMORE BANDIT, Ballpark Mysteries #15, to find out

The Baltimore Bandit

A Big Apple Mets vs. Yankees Mystery!

Kate and Mike are back in the Big Apple (aka New York City) for a Subway Series between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. But soon, someone hands them a mysterious note with a riddle and then strange things start happening at the Mets ballpark.

Ballpark Mysteries Super Special #3 – Mets vs. Yankees!

Can Mike and Kate discover who the mysterious note writer is? Can they uncover what’s behind the disruptions at the Mets game? Read the latest Ballpark Mysteries Super Special, the SUBWAY SERIES SURPRISE, to find out! And don’t forget to read up on Mike and Kate’s first adventure in New York City, the PINSTRIPE GHOST!

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!

Celebrate International Mud Day with MIRACLE MUD

You probably didn’t know that June 29th was International Mud Day, but it is! And that makes it a perfect time to celebrate by reading my book about Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, MIRACLE MUD. Check out this great review of MIRACLE MUD, with a special mud recipe!

Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball

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