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Ballpark Mysteries

The Ballpark MysteriesBy David A. Kelly
Illustrated by Mark Meyers
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Available in Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

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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.


“A new series for emerging chapter-book readers combines the allure of baseball parks with the challenge of solving a mystery…will keep the young baseball fan reading.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Kelly…keeps the story moving at a quick pace, which should easily hold baseball-lovers’ attention.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“…should score with the series chapter-book gang, particularly kids who enjoy the blend of fiction and information that keeps the Magic Tree House thriving…A scattering of black-and-white pictures and appended “Dugout Notes” extend the fun.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“…Any 6- 9 year old baseball fan would step to the plate and devour this book like a box of Crackerjacks! Kelly intersperses the perfect mix of sports action, crime-solving and facts…” —

“…should draw baseball fans as well as budding whodunit aficionados.” —Booklist

“Combining the twists and turns that young readers expect in a good mystery with a story line that builds upon each ballpark’s quirks and nuances is no small task, but The Ballpark Mysteries series pulls it off. The author has created a pair of characters, in Kate and Mike, that young readers will find engaging and entertaining. More than that, his allegiance to the actual history associated with each team and its park consistently hits the mark.”? -–Josh Pahigian, author The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip and 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out

“Young baseball fans will love the Ballpark Mysteries series. David Kelly keeps kids reading with action, mystery, and plenty of baseball.” –Tim Green, former top NFL defensive player for the Atlanta Falcons and author of the children’s books, Rivals and Baseball Great

Read Boston Globe article, “Tale of Foul Play at Fenway Park Draws Young Sleuths”
Boston Globe article, “Newton Author Pens Baseball Mysteries”