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Author Archives: David Kelly

Baseball books for summer

Do you have a reader who loves sports or baseball? Here’s a great list of baseball books for summer, thanks to the Front Porch Librarian. (Of course, the list includes at least one Ballpark Mysteries book!)

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Scholastic Interview

My childhood dreams have been achieved! I loved the Scholastic Book Club when I was in elementary school, and now a Scholastic kid reporter has interviewed me. Scholastic Kid Reporter Maxwell Surprenant interviewed me at a signing for my MVP sports series. Maxwell asked some great questions, and got lots of good details on how … Continue reading »

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The Soccer Surprise

The Soccer Surprise, the second book in my MVP sports chapter book series was just released today! This book continues the adventures of the MVP Club (Nico, Max, Alice, Kate, and Luke) as the kids play different sports and solve mysteries. In The Soccer Surprise, the MVP club wants to save an old field house … Continue reading »

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Booklist Review of “The Gold Medal Mess”

Booklist Online, a website for librarians and other book lovers, reviewed the THE GOLD MEDAL MESS (the first book in my MVP sports chapter book series), stating: “The combination of athletics and mysteries is always a winner, and the friends are a diverse group in terms of race and talent, who swiftly recognize their potential … Continue reading »

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Gold Medal Mess selected for Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month” list!

Woo-hoo! The first book in my MVP sports series (The Gold Medal Mess) was selected for’s Best Books of the Month list! I’m in good company, with BJ Novak’s Book with No Pictures right after The Gold Medal Mess!

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Publishers Weekly Review of THE GOLD MEDAL MESS

Publisher’s Weekly just reviewed the first book in my new MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS series from Random House, THE GOLD MEDAL MESS, and gave it an amazingly good review! THE GOLD MEDAL MESS features five kids who are trying to save their school Olympics from someone who’s trying to sabotage them.  Publisher’s Weekly cited: “Kelly branches … Continue reading »

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Kirkus reviews the MVP series

The first review for my new chapter book series from Random House is in, and it’s good! Kirkus reviewed the first book of my Most Valuable Players series, THE GOLD MEDAL MESS, in their March 15th edition. The book, set at an elementary school, features five friends who are getting ready for their school’s Olympics … Continue reading »

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The Rangers Rustlers!

Woo-hoo! Giddy up! Head to Texas with Mike and Kate in my latest Ballpark Mysteries book (#12) THE RANGERS RUSTLERS! Like the rest of the Ballpark Mysteries series, THE RANGERS RUSTLERS is great for reluctant readers, baseball fans, or Texas Rangers fans. The book is set at the Texas Rangers stadium. Mike and Kate have … Continue reading »

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Ballpark Mysteries Author Interview

Want to learn more about how I got my first book published? Check out this interview about the Ballpark Mysteries.

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Using Mud to Teach Reading

When my picture book Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball came out, I never really imagined that teachers and literacy coaches might use the book and the famous mud to help teach reading and engage students. But that’s what’s happening! I recently did a series of Skype video author visits … Continue reading »

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