The Basketball Blowout!

Anyone who likes my Ballpark Mysteries series of baseball chapter books will definitely appreciate The Basketball Blowout, the latest book in my MVP series. While it doesn’t have any baseball, it does have plenty of action, and even some inventive popcorn flavors!

Join the MVP Club as they try 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?

MVP #4 – The Basketball Blowout

Washington DC Fans – Book Signing

Attention all Washington DC-area Ballpark Mysteries fans! I’ll be signing books at Hooray for Books in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 6pm! Please stop by to say hello or pick up a signed Ballpark Mysteries or MVP book. And although I can’t share it with you yet, this is a bit of a warm up for February, when the Washington Nationals’ Ballpark Mystery, THE CAPITAL CATCH, comes out!

The Capital Catch
The Capital Catch

The Football Fumble

My 4th book this year (and there’s still one more to go!) goes on sale today. The FOOTBALL FUMBLE is the third book in my new MVP sports series of chapter books, great for boys and girls in grades 2, 3, and 4 who love sports and action.

MVP series book #3
MVP series book #3

The MVP chapter book series is about a group of kids at an elementary school who play different sports and have mysteries and adventures. If you like the BALLPARK MYSTERIES, you’ll like my MVP series! THE FOOTBALL FUMBLE is a perfect book for fall, with lots of football and even an ice cream cone to the face for one of the characters! Don’t worry–there are plenty more BALLPARK MYSTERIES books on the way, but it’s been a real change and lots of fun writing about other sports (track and field, soccer, football, and basketball) for the MVP series. If you know a reader in grades 2, 3, or 4 that likes sports, action, mystery, or adventure, consider THE FOOTBALL FUMBLE or one of the other MVP books!

The cover, which is great, features Max, the book’s main character, who has to also confront a bully before his team has a chance to win the big football game. Another amazing cover by Scott Brundage, who did a great job capturing Max’s dilemma and showing all the exciting on-field football action. I’m thrilled that Random House Children’s Books is behind the MVP sports series and can’t wait for next year’s basketball-themed release! More sports chapter books on the way. Pick one up at your local bookstore or online –

Scholastic Interview

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.

Scholastic Interview. Copyright Maxwell Surprenant
Scholastic Interview. Copyright Maxwell Surprenant

The Soccer Surprise

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.

The Soccer Surprise, the second book in the MVP Series.
The Soccer Surprise, the second book in the MVP Series.

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 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 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

The Gold Medal Mess - The first book in the Most Valuable Players series.
The Gold Medal Mess – The first book in the Most Valuable Players series.


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!

MVP #1 - The Gold Medal Mess was selected for Amazon's Best Book of the Month list.
MVP #1 – The Gold Medal Mess was selected for Amazon’s Best Book of the Month list.

I’m in good company, with BJ Novak’s Book with No Pictures right after The Gold Medal Mess!