Children’s Books

Posted December 10th, 2009 by Dave
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MiracleMud_JacketMiracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secrete Mud that Changed Baseball

Written by David A. Kelly
Millbrook Press

Lena Blackburne loved baseball. He watched it, he played it, he coached it. But he didn’t love the ways players broke in new baseballs. Tired of soggy, blackened, stinky baseballs, he found a better way. Thanks to a well-timed fishing trip and a top-secret mud recipe, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud was born. For seventy five years, baseball teams have used Lena’s magic mud to prepare baseballs before every game. Read the story of how Lena’s mud went from a riverbank to the major leagues and all the way to the Hall of Fame….READ MORE.

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Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse-2014Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

Before 1918, the Boston Red Sox were unstoppable. They won World Series after World Series, thanks in part to their charismatic pitcher-slugger Babe Ruth. But some people on the Red Sox felt the Babe was more trouble than he was worth…READ MORE.

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The Fenway Foul-up (Ballpark Mysteries #1)

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

Thanks to Kate’s mom, a sports reporter, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have tickets to the Red Sox game and All Access passes to Fenway Park. But as they’re watching batting practice before the game, the lucky bat of Red Sox star slugger Big D is stolen . . . right in front of dozens of people…READ MORE.

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The Pinstripe Ghost (Ballpark Mysteries Series #2)

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

Mike and Kate are waiting for Kate’s mom at a boring press conference in Yankee Stadium when the team official says something that makes Mike perk up his ears. There are rumors that the ghost of Babe Ruth is haunting the new stadium! A chill air blasts down a service hallway before every home game, along with various thumps and bumps…READ MORE.

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The L.A. Dodger (Ballpark Mysteries Series #3)

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

It’s spring break and Kate and Mike are off to Los Angeles to visit Kate’s dad, a scout for the Dodgers. But all is not sunny in L.A.—strange things have been happening to Kate’s dad. Pages have gone missing from his clipboard. He’s gotten threatening phone calls. And he thinks he’s being followed!…READ MORE.

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The Astro Outlaw (Ballpark Mysteries #4)

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

Houston, we have a problem! Before a game at the Astros’ ballpark, Mike and Kate get to meet astronaut commander Nick Rice at the nearby Houston Space Center. He’s planning to display a very rare moonrock at an autographing event later. But just before the event, a nefarious outlaw knocks out the commander and steals the moonrock! Can Mike and Kate figure out who did it?…READ MORE.
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BPM-5-Cover-MediumThe All-Star Joker (Ballpark Mysteries #5)

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

The stars are out in Kansas City . . . the baseball stars, that is! Mike and Kate are at the All-Star game, and even get to go on the field during the Home Run Derby to catch pop-ups! That’s where they meet Andy, whose dad, Josh Robinson, is an All-Star catcher. But before the Home Derby ends, Josh finds himself in hot water. Someone is playing practical jokes on the other players, and the coach is sure it’s him. Andy swears his dad is innocent. Who would want to frame Josh? And why? READ MORE.

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BPM-6-Cover-The Wrigley Riddle-SmallThe Wrigley Riddle (Ballpark Mysteries #6)

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

Ivy-covered walls—they’re the most famous part of the Chicago Cubs’ historic ballpark, Wrigley Field. Mike and Kate can’t wait to get down on the field to see the ivy for themselves. But when they do, they’re horrified to discover patches of the ivy have been ripped away! Who would want to sabotage the stadium? Is it someone trying to curse the Cubs? Or is the rumor of a treasure hidden under the ivy tempting greedy fans? The Wrigley Riddle includes a fun fact page about Chicago’s Wrigley Field….READ MORE.

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BPM-7-Cover-The SF Splash-LargeThe San Francisco Splash (Ballpark Mysteries #7)

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

Splash! A hit soars over the walls of the San Francisco ballpark on the bay and drops into the water. But then Mike and Kate hear another, much larger splash nearby . . . and this time it’s not a baseball. It’s a man overboard! And when he’s pulled from the water, the old-time ballplayer discovers his World Series ring is gone! Is it at the bottom of the bay? Or was it somehow stolen by a long-ago rival? The San Francisco Splash includes several pages of “Dugout Notes,” fun facts about San Francisco’s recently built ballpark…..READ MORE.

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The Missing MarlinThe Missing Marlin (Ballpark Mysteries #8)

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

Mike and Kate are in Miami visiting Kate’s Uncle Oliver—and the Miami Marlins ballpark, of course! Uncle Oliver is in charge of keeping the new fish tanks at the ballpark fully stocked, but strange things keep happening. Kate swears she saw an endangered sea turtle in one of the tanks. Then some of Uncle Oliver’s rare fish go missing, including his favorite, Marlin. Something fishy is going on in Miami!? The Missing Marlin includes a fun fact page about Miami’s stadium….READ MORE.

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Ballpark Mysteries #9

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The Philly Fake (Ballpark Mysteries #9)

Written by David A. Kelly
Random House Books for Young Readers

What better city to spend the Fourth of July than Philadelphia? For Mike and Kate, the holiday is all about hot dogs, history, and baseball! But the Phillies are in no mood to celebrate. They keep losing, and some people blame the lovable Phillie Phanatic! Can Mike and Kate help the Phanatic clear his name? The Philly Fake includes several pages of “Dugout Notes,” fun facts about Philly’s ballpark……READ MORE.

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