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Author Archives: David Kelly

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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Baseball arguments

Sometimes it’s not the hitting or fielding that matters in baseball–it’s the arguments. Here’s an hour and a half (yes, like long enough to be a movie) of baseball bickering, arguments, and ejections. You’ve got all winter, so grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the arguments.  

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It’s a Ballpark Mysteries World Series!

Both teams in this year’s World Series are teams that the Ballpark Mysteries have visited. In Ballpark Mysteries book #5, The All-Star Joker, Kate and Mike visit Kansas City to see the All-Star game and meet some Royals players. In Ballpark Mysteries book #7, The San Francisco Splash, they head to San Francisco for a … Continue reading »

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Black and Blue Magic from Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Zilpha Keatley Snyder isn’t a name that rolls off your tongue when someone asks you to name a children’s book author, but she’s one of the authors that I loved as a kid, particularly a book of hers called Black and Blue Magic, which tells the story of a boy named Harry, stuck at home … Continue reading »

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