Okay, well, maybe our book THE WRIGLEY RIDDLE about Kate and my visit to the Chicago Cubs didn’t really win the World Series (and neither did the Cubs!), but Amazon.com did name THE WRIGLEY RIDDLE as one of its Best Books of the Year 2013!
My parents are always telling me to read more books. But I just found a better way to read the Ballpark Mysteries: by listening to them!
Apparently, there’s a Ballpark Mysteries audiobook collection of books 1 – 5 is coming out June 12th. Now, I won’t have to bother actually flipping the pages and reading them, since I can listen to them instead. Of course, it’s still fun to look at the pictures.
Check out this Ballpark Mysteries audiobook sample. Now, if I could only get someone to do my homework….
Wow. It’s hard to believe that Kate and I have been on four cool ballpark adventures so far. Last year we shared our trips to Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles with you. But we’ve got something really, really neat. Our fourth book is out today!
It’s called THE ASTRO OUTLAW! Last year, when Kate and I went to Houston, Texas, we got to see NASA’s mission control and meet a real astronaut! Which was great, until he disappeared! That’s when Kate and I set out to find him. It was kinda weird, but the final clue to solving the astronaut mystery came from the Houston Astro’s baseball game!
Wow! Kate and I went to see the Red Sox play in Ballpark Mysteries book 1, The Fenway Foul-Up. We had a blast. But we had an even bigger blast last week when Mr. Kelly showed us this picture.
It turns out that Mr. Kelly knows someone who knows David Ortiz, so he sent along copies of the Ballpark Mysteries and his other book, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse (in which Mr. Ortiz plays a really big part!). Turns out that David’s son enjoyed the books, so he send back a signed baseball! How — Cool — Is — That??
(P.S. – The B.P. after his name stands for his nickname “Big Papi!”)
Wow, now with Ballpark Mysteries book 3 (The L.A. Dodger) out, we’re getting some real press! Here’s a neat interview of Mr. Kelly that Peter Adam Salomon did. Kate and I read it and learned something new about Mr. Kelly. See if you can find out why he was so excited to write the Ballpark Mysteries book #4, The Astro Outlaw.
Mr. Kelly, the author the Ballpark Mysteries, asked if I could post this link to an interview he did with CONVERSATIONS Magazine. I didn’t read it myself because Kate and I are pretty busy this week looking at all the baseball stores in Coopertown, New York (our hometown). The Hall of Fame induction stuff was last weekend, and now there are all types of good bargains on cool sports things because some of the tourists have left. But Mr. Kelly said that anyone who likes the Ballpark Mysteries might like the interview, so I thought it would be good to blog about.
Man, it was a perfect day for the induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame. Kate and I had a great time. We spent a lot of the day selling water to all those really hot tourists that came to town. We also spent a little time with Mr. Kelly, the writer of the Ballpark Mysteries. Here’s a picture Kate took of him with her new digital camera:
I’ll post some more pictures later. Mr. Kelly borrowed Kate’s camera and took some of us!
Wow, it sure has been hot around here lately. Hard to believe, it was even too hot to play baseball today. So I thought I’d stay inside and catch up on some video games. But my mom had a different idea. She wanted me to catch up on cleaning my room.
It looks like Mr. Kelly isn’t going to have time to clean his room, or play video games. He seems pretty busy with the Ballpark Mysteries events. Today, he was at the Westwind Bookshop in Duxbury, Mass, in between Boston and Cape Cod. He had a crowd for his reading and book signing–see for yourself:
He’s also going on the road with the Ballpark Mysteries. He’s going to New York to give some readings (in New Hartford and Utica), and then he’s come to visit me and Kate!
Well, actually, I think he’s coming to sign books during this year’s National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies. He’ll be in Cooperstown on Sunday morning, signing books with other authors on Main Street. (But I think he’s also excited about seeing us again, too! Kate and I are going to the ceremony. It’s really neat to live here during Hall of Fame events because the town gets so busy with people. Sometimes Kate and I set up a stand and sell water to people. Last year we made a lot of money doing that!)
Well, Kate and I haven’t made it to the Red Sox yet, but we’re getting closer. Or at least the Ballpark Mysteries are! The author, Mr. Kelly, is actually doing a reading from Ballpark Mysteries book 1 – The Fenway Foul-Up with Wally, the mascot from the Red Sox!
It’s happening at the Boston Public Library’s Dorchester branch. It’s so big that that Mayor of Boston is even speaking! (Okay, I think he’s there to talk about the library’s Read Your Way to Fenway program, but maybe he’s a fan of the Ballpark Mysteries too!)
Kate and I are still in school, otherwise we’d go. I mean, Wally’s even in the book! I’d love to get his autograph. But I don’t know if he can hold a pen with those big green hands he has.
Check out the picture:
Looks like the Ballpark Mysteries are right in between a New York Times “instant best seller” and a set of books that have sold 45 million copies. I guess that means the Ballpark Mysteries are going to sell a gazillion copies. Or be a New York Times bestseller.Either way, I hope that means that Kate and I can keep visiting new ballparks!