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 I write the Ballpark Mysteries and MVP series. Click the link to read the full Scholastic David A. Kelly interview.
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 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? (And don’t miss bonus back matter filled with cool sports soccer facts.)
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 when working as a team. After saving the Olympics they create the MVP club.[…] Illustrations break up the text, and the book ends with several pages of “MVP Stats” about the Olympics. An energetic series opener.” – Booklist
I’m in good company, with BJ Novak’s Book with No Pictures right after 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 out from his Ballpark Mysteries books with this opening title in the MVP series, in which a multiethnic group of elementary school students try to figure out who is threatening their school’s Olympics-style sports competition.”
“Lively dialogue, athletic action, and smart thinking among the kids should keep interest levels high, and Brundage’s black-and-white cartoons mix playfulness and suspense as they depict various acts of sabotage, such as an oil-soaked relay race course”
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 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?
You’ll have to read the book to find out if the kids win a medal, but from the Kirkus review of THE GOLD MEDAL MESS, it looks like the book takes home the gold! Kirkus declares:
“This series opener is a promising venture into early Matt Christopher territory.”
“Along with plenty of sports action and sterling detective work to appreciate, Kelly offers readers a chance to ponder the contrast between the priorities of the culprit, a multimedalist from the previous year jealously unwilling to be upstaged, and Nico, who abruptly quits a race he’s about to win when he spots the saboteur at work. A quick set of facts and photos from the official Olympic Games cap this series opener.”
Stay tuned for more. The GOLD MEDAL MESS comes out May 24th, 2016.
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 to track down a gang of rustlers stealing Texas Rangers merchandise. Hop on your horse and gallop off to Texas with them to help solve the mystery!
(PS – want a signed or personalized copy? Visit the Ballpark Mysteries online store – www.mkt.com/davidakelly )
Want to learn more about how I got my first book published? Check out this interview about the Ballpark Mysteries.
While Mr. David A. Kelly has helped me and Kate write the Ballpark Mysteries books, he also does some books on his own, including a really cool picture book called Miracle Mud: The Secret Mud that Changed Baseball. The book tells the story of this mud, that comes from a secret place (in New Jersey!) that is used by ALL major league baseball teams. Who knew? It’s a really neat picture book, so consider checking it out if you want to get muddy. If you want more info, check out this review of Miracle Mud that I just came across.