The Gold Medal Mess

Title: The Gold Medal Mess
Series: MVP #1
Published by: Random House Children's
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 110
ISBN13: 978-0553513196

From the author of the Ballpark Mysteries comes a brand-new sports-themed chapter book series featuring the coolest club around—the Most Valuable Players!

Five friends are ready for their school’s Olympics field day. There will be relay races, archery contests, and more! But not everyone wants to play fair—someone is trying to ruin the events! Can the kids in the Most Valuable Player club solve the mystery, save the Olympics, and take home the gold?

Perfect for kids who love to compete in all kinds of contests and have fun with great friends, David A. Kelly’s new series teaches readers that when you’re a most valuable player, you love sports, always show spirit, and never give up! And don’t miss bonus back matter filled with cool sports facts in every book.

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The Fenway Foul-Up

Title: The Fenway Foul-Up
Series: Ballpark Mysteries #1
Published by: Random House Children's
Release Date: Feb 22, 2011
Pages: 110
ISBN13: 978-0375867033

Now leading off the line-up—book #1 in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark! 

Thanks to Kate's mom, a sports reporter, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have tickets to the Red Sox game and All Access passes to Fenway Park. But as they're watching batting practice before the game, the lucky bat of Red Sox star slugger Big D is stolen . . . right in front of dozens of people. Without the bat, Big D can't seem to hit a thing. Can Kate and Mike figure out who pinched the bat before Big D and the Sox chalk up a loss?

The Fenway Foul-Up includes a fun fact page about Boston's Fenway Park.

Cross Ron Roy's mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed right at beginning readers.

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

Title: Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball
Series: Mud #1
Published by: Millbrook Pr Trade
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Pages: 32
ISBN13: 978-0761380924

 

 

 

 

**Winner of the
Maryland Library Association’s Blue Crab Award
for transitional non-fiction!**

Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and Secret Mud that Changed Baseball! Learn the incredible story behind the slippery, slimy stuff they have to rub on baseballs before each major league game.

Lena Blackburne loved baseball. He watched it, he played it, he coached it. But he didn’t love the ways players broke in new baseballs. Tired of soggy, blackened, stinky baseballs, he found a better way. Thanks to a well-timed fishing trip and a top-secret mud recipe, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud was born. For seventy five years, baseball teams have used Lena’s magic mud to prepare baseballs before every game. Read the story of how Lena’s mud went from a riverbank to the major leagues and all the way to the Hall of Fame.

Awards and Nominations

  • Black Eyed Susan Book Awards
  • Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award
  • Illinois Monarch Award
  • Library Media Connection Editor's Choice
  • Maine Chickadee Award
  • Maryland Blue Crab Award
  • Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle selection
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
  • Nutmeg Award

Reviews
“Dominguez’s illustrations, which are painterly in style, look as if pastels were used to draw the dramatic baseball poses in a variety of perspectives….This accessible story with be enjoyable to a larger audience than just baseball fans.” —School Library Journal

“Kelly provides information about an unusual aspect of the game in a sprightly, entertaining story with a great ‘aha’ moment. Dominguez’s bright, expressive double-page spreads follow the events closely and make them live.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The colorful, exaggerated paintings artfully (and comically) capture the full allure of ballpark ambiance by including plenty of behind-the-scenes activity. The information provided in the minimal text is bolstered by a solid two-page author’s note.” —Booklist

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Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse

Title: Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse
Series: Babe Ruth #1
Published by: Random House Children's
Release Date: February 24, 2009
Pages: 110
ISBN13: 978-0375856037

 

Overview
Before 1918, the Boston Red Sox were unstoppable. They won World Series after World Series, thanks in part to their charismatic pitcher-slugger Babe Ruth. But some people on the Red Sox felt the Babe was more trouble than he was worth, and he was traded away to one of the worst teams in baseball, the New York Yankees. From then on, the Yankees became a golden team. And the Red Sox? For over 80 years, they just couldn’t win another World Series. Then, in 2004, along came a scruffy, scrappy Red Sox team. Could they break Babe Ruth’s curse and win it all?

Reviews
“It’s the lively sports lingo and compelling subject matter that keep newly independent readers in their seats until the final out.” -–Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books

“Here is vivid history retold…as if we are at the ball park, even making the reader assume The Babe’s real life as he began his career in somewhat astonishing circumstances…this kind of engaging story should be read aloud to fully appreciate the intensity and excitement of one of America’s endearing pastimes. —Children Literature

“Play-by-play descriptions of important games will keep baseball fanatics reading to the end.” —School & Library Journal

Resources
Read Interviews with the Author
Explore Fun Facts about Babe Ruth
Read Author’s Background
Read Author’s Note

Interviews and Press Coverage
Listen to an interview of David A. Kelly talking about his book, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse
Read the Newton Tab’s article on Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse

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The Soccer Surprise

Title: The Soccer Surprise
Series: MVP #2
Published by: Random House Children's
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 110
ISBN13: 978-0553513226

From the author of the Ballpark Mysteries comes a brand-new sports-themed chapter book series featuring the coolest club around—the Most Valuable Players!

The MVP club wants to save an old field house close to their school. They could turn it into their very own sports center! Luckily, a famous soccer star is coming to town and wants to help. Can the kids and their all-star friend raise enough money for the field house? And will practice with a pro help them score big at their next soccer game?

Perfect for kids who love to compete in all kinds of contests and have fun with great friends, David A. Kelly’s new series teaches readers that when you’re a most valuable player, you love sports, always show spirit, and never give up! And don’t miss bonus back matter filled with cool sports facts in every book.

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The Pinstripe Ghost

Title: The Pinstripe Ghost
Series: Ballpark Mysteries #2
Published by: Random House Children's
Release Date: Feb 22, 2011
Pages: 110
ISBN13: 978-0375867040

Batting second—and perfect for Halloweenbook #2 in an early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark! 

Mike and Kate are waiting for Kate's mom at a boring press conference in Yankee Stadium when the team official says something that makes Mike perk up his ears. There are rumors that the ghost of Babe Ruth is haunting the new stadium! A chill air blasts down a service hallway before every home game, along with various thumps and bumps. Is the Bambino really searching for his missing locker?

The Pinstripe Ghost includes a fun fact page about New York's Yankee Stadium.

Cross Ron Roy's mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed right at beginning readers.

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The Football Fumble

Title: The Football Fumble
Series: MVP #3
Published by: Random House Children's
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 110
ISBN13: 978-0553513257

From the author of the Ballpark Mysteries comes the coolest sports club around—the Most Valuable Players!

The MVP kids can’t wait to play in the big football game. That is, until they catch a glimpse of their opponents! The team from Hamilton Elementary School seems bigger and—even worse—just plain mean. Taking on a tough opponent is never easy. Will this bully blitz keep the MVPs off their game? Or can they find a way to huddle together and win the day?

Perfect for kids who love to compete in all kinds of contests and have fun with great friends, David A. Kelly’s series teaches readers that when you’re a most valuable player, you love sports, always show spirit, and never give up! And don’t miss sports facts in every book.

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The L.A. Dodger

Title: The L.A. Dodger
Series: Ballpark Mysteries #3
Published by: Random House Children's
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Pages: 110
ISBN13: 978-0375868856

Now batting third—book #3 in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark! 

It's spring break and Kate and Mike are off to Los Angeles to visit Kate's dad, a scout for the Dodgers. But all is not sunny in L.A.—strange things have been happening to Kate's dad. Pages have gone missing from his clipboard. He's gotten threatening phone calls. And he thinks he's being followed! Is someone after Mr. Hopkins's top secret scouting reports?

The L.A. Dodger includes a fun fact page about Los Angeles's Dodger Stadium.

Cross Ron Roy's A to Z mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed at the younger brothers and sisters of John Feinstein's fans.

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The Basketball Blowout

Title: The Basketball Blowout
Series: MVP #4
Published by: Random House Children's
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 110
ISBN13: 978-0553513288

From the author of the Ballpark Mysteries comes the coolest sports club around—the Most Valuable Players!

The MVP club needs 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?

Perfect for kids who love to compete in all kinds of contests and have fun with great friends, David A. Kelly’s series teaches readers that when you’re a most valuable player, you love sports, always show spirit, and never give up! Don’t miss bonus sports facts in every MVP book.

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The Astro Outlaw

Title: The Astro Outlaw
Series: Ballpark Mysteries #4
Published by: Random House Children's
Release Date: Feb 28, 2012
Pages: 110
ISBN13: 978-0375868832

Now batting clean-up—book #4 in a new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark! 

Houston, we have a problem! Before a game at the Astros' ballpark, Mike and Kate get to meet astronaut commander Nick Rice at the nearby Houston Space Center. He's planning to display a very rare moonrock at an autographing event later. But just before the event, a nefarious outlaw knocks out the commander and steals the moonrock! Can Mike and Kate figure out who did it . . . when their only clue is a broken green feather?

The Astro Outlaw includes a fun act page about the Houston Astros' stadium with trivia about the train on the outfield wall and the homerun gas pump.

Cross Ron Roy's A to Z Mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed at the younger brothers and sisters of John Feinstein's fans.

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