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The All-Star Joker (Ballpark Mysteries #5)

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Next up to the plate—book #5 in our early chapter book mystery series, where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

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 Al
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 05, 2012 Donald rated it liked it
Mike and Kate are back in the fifth book of the "Ballpark Mysteries" series! This time they are in Kansas City to see the All-Star Game, which is cool, as the real event is actually IN K.C. this year! They try to help the Royals all-star catcher clear his name when he is accused of playing too many practical jokes! A fun read, as the kids run around Kauffman Stadium and get to shag flies during the Home Run Derby! And I still love the Dugout Notes after the story! A nice touch! Only one question ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
I liked it. It's about someone who is trying to get more playing time in a really good game. He plays jokes on someone who really likes jokes. So the manager is going to sit him out for the whole game. Then they tell the manager that it's someone who's trying to get more playing time. He put oil on glove so when he tried to catch it, it would slip out of his glove.
Feb 25, 2013 Suz rated it really liked it
I really liked this book because it will be popular with many of my students. There are things to appeal to young chapter-book readers: a male and a female protagonist, sports, mystery, friendship and humor. The Dugout Notes in the back are similar to the details included in a Magic Tree House Fact Tracker (just not as lengthy). And I have many students that love reading series books for their recurring characters and dependable style. This is definitely a series I will include in my school libr ...more
Mary Skramovsky
Jan 16, 2013 Mary Skramovsky rated it really liked it

In this installment of the Ballpark Mysteries. Mike and Kate are at the all-star game in Kansas City. They are lucky enough to go on the field to catch fly balls. They meet Andy whose father is a famous catcher but who is also a practical joker. Players are becoming victims of practical jokes and Andy’s father is the main suspect. Mike and Kate use their investigative skills to solve the mystery.
David Kelly is an avid fan of Baseball . At the end of each book he adds dugout notes about the game
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Jul 10, 2012 Jean Konieczny rated it it was amazing
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I won this book on good reads for my daughter. Of course I read through it first. Perfect for her! There's mystery, sports, excitment and even illustrations to keep her involved! Great kids book.
Apr 27, 2013 Diane rated it liked it
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At the All Star game in Kansas City, Kate and Michael try to help a star who is being framed for a rash of practical jokes.
Mar 14, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it
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A link to my YABC review:
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Jun 19, 2013 Deb Wiswell rated it really liked it
Ok, but I liked the others better!
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But a little predictable
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David A. Kelly is an established book, magazine, and newspaper writer who has written for a wide variety of outlets, including: Author, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse, Random House, Spring, 2009, Ballpark Mystery Series, Random House, Spring, 2011; Contributor, The New York Times "Practical Guide to Practically Everything";- Travel writer, New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Post, Chicago Sun ...more
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