Celebrate International Mud Day with MIRACLE MUD

You probably didn’t know that June 29th was International Mud Day, but it is! And that makes it a perfect time to celebrate by reading my book about Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, MIRACLE MUD. Check out this great review of MIRACLE MUD, with a special mud recipe!

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

Summer Reading Tips

Great article on summer reading tips from the Washington Post, including a nice mention of the Ballpark Mysteries. One librarian got her son hooked on the Ballpark Mysteries books, and he used them as a jumping off point to explore the wider world around him. From the article:

Knowing her son is obsessed with baseball, Icaza helped him discover the Ballpark Mystery Series. “It clicked for him and he read the whole series,” she says. In fact, one summer, they went on vacation and he got a minor league baseball directory at a ballpark. He read about each team in the country. “It sounds very boring, but for him, he was learning about the mascots, and I liked it because he was learning about what cities were in different states.”

The Capital Catch

The latest Ballpark Mysteries book is now out!

The Capital Catch

In The Capital Catch, Mike and Kate travel to Washington D.C. to watch as Washington Nationals game. But before they make it to the game, Mike gets to meet the President of the United States! And the President has a problem–someone’s stealing things from his brother, a star player on the Washington Nationals’ team! Can Mike and Kate help the commander-in-chief catch a criminal?

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

It’s a Double Double-Header!

If you haven’t started reading my baseball mystery series yet, now’s the time! Random House Children’s Books just issued the first four Ballpark Mysteries books (Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros) in a box set. Think of it as a “double double-header”!

Ballpark Mysteries Box Set
Ballpark Mysteries Box Set

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 – http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780553513257