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Strike Three, You're Dead

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  247 ratings  ·  79 reviews
An Edgar Award Finalist

Lenny Norbeck is a die-hard baseball lover. Unfortunately, he's no player himself (according to him, he's "the worst there ever was.") But he'd make a heck of an announcer. He gets a lot of practice sitting with his best friends, Mike and Other Mike, watching Phillies games from their lawn couch—a sweet outdoor TV arrangement Mike's dad hooked them u
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Every time I would read this book around other people, I embarrassed myself by laughing and/or snorting aloud. And then I would have to cop to laughing at farts. E.g. "I was actually behaving like a perfect gentleman. Maybe farting a little."(128)

So yes, there is a generous sprinkling of gas in the book, along with a bumper crop of jokes about sweating, peeing, and getting hit in the groin. And bikinis and mustaches and warlocks. But there are many other kinds of funny too, such as the wonderful
Oct 01, 2014 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny by: Sps
Shelves: tween, story
3.5 stars. Lenny Norbeck is interested in plenty of things like watching Phillies’ games on TV, announcing Phillies games, and talking about the Phillies with his two best friends Mike and Other Mike. His big dream of announcing an inning in a Phillies game is brought to an end by the death of a much anticipated debut pitcher. When the doctors claim it was a heart attack, Lenny suspects foul play and decides to take matters into his own hands to solve this murder. One prime suspect is the myster ...more
Well, I finally got around to reading the INTENDED book entitled, Strike Three, You're Dead. This one was much better than the one I read by mistake a few months ago.

This is a short book for kids, kind of on the order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Berk tells the story of Lenny, a 12-year-old boy who wins a contest to get to announce an inning of a Phillies baseball game. Unfortunately, on the day his big break arrives, before he gets to announce anything, the pitcher dies on the mound. Lenny and his
This will be a great book for reluctant readers. Sports mystery, humor, suspense, high interest, low vocabulary.
Barb Middleton
Lenny is a doofus that is easy to love. My favorite scene is when Maria, a girl Lenny has just met, grabs his bike from him when he offers to give her a ride. Maria makes Lenny sit on the handlebars while she pedals like the figurehead of a ship. He is wearing a helmet that matches the Mikes. That's right. He has two best friends named, Mike and Other Mike. A nice play on words for a kid who is terrific at announcing baseball games. In fact, he's so good that he won a contest to announce the 6th ...more
Turron Green
The is about a boy Lenny Norbeck who was a Phillies fan. He's not a baseball player sadly but he thinks he'll be a great announcer for the sport. He gets a chance to be an announcer, so he enters the contest and surprisingly wins. All he had to do is to commentate for one inning of the game. But before he could commentate a player has a heart attack on the field and dies sadly. He didn't need to witness that. The storyline is based around them watching games in their living room until Lenny wins ...more
Karen Maurer
I laughed out loud. Berk's narrator describes his family and the action so well. The dialogue between the characters is believable and apt. I really liked this book.

There are enough clues to the mystery to keep the suspense up to the very end - especially since the book starts with the main characters deep in serious danger.

As an adult reader I figured out who the culprit was - and why - pretty early. The how was the real mystery in this book.

Mrs. Mcelhaney's
Lenny Norbeck is a die-hard baseball lover and Phillies fan. Unfortunately, he's no ballplayer himself ( according to Lenny, he's "the worst there ever was").
But he'd make a heck of an announcer. That's his dream.
And he gets a chance to prove himself when- with the help of his loyal best friends, Mike and Other Mike- he enters an Armchair Announcer contest and wins. The prize: he gets to be the live broadcaster for one inning at a Phillies game.
The game goes very wrong, though. Before Lenny ca
Kelly Moore
Slow start, but eventually the dialogue between Mike, Other Mike, Lenny and Maria got very funny. However, I got VERY tired of all the references to girls being inferior. Even though ultimately the girl characters were awesome, the author seemed obsessed with the awesomeness being a big surprise. I think the assumed sexism was pretty outdated and boring - this is supposed to be a murder mystery, let's focus on that, not how shocking it is that a girl can be a baseball pitcher who strikes out boy ...more
Brody Fetters
This book is about a boy named Lenny with his friends Mike, Other Mike, and Maria investigate on a supposed murder of the Phillies pitcher named RJ Weathers when all things go wrong... ""If there is a gunshot it's every man for himself." Says Mike. There won't be a gunshot." Lenny says back. They all hold their breath waiting to see what happens next. A few seconds later there's a loud blast. The noise wasn't a gun, it was a bomb..." (Pg. 3) If you like books that are mystery, sports, and are su ...more
Justin Watson
Dear Ms. Dudding

I am reading Strike Three You’re Dead written by Josh Berk. The genre of this book is sports and I think it might also be mystery. I have some questions in the book that should have been really easy for the characters to figure out. As in they should have known that it was blaze who must have killed Weathers, first he tried to kill the kids for no apparent reason, then he was in the dugout the night weathers died. If I were them he would have been my first suspect.
Laura Aase
This book has an amazingly suspensful first line - "no one gets killed in the suburbs" and we learn that 3 friends are trapped in a shed, in the backyard of a murderer. Then they go back to the start of the story. This story has a lot of humor and baseball fans would love it! 3 best friends are trying to get to the bottom of the death of a very young baseball player who dies on the field and the kids suspect murder. But why? And who could have done it? They join forces with a baseball loving gir ...more
Author's Other Works:The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin


Main Characters:Lenny Norbeck
Other Mike

Theme:If you want something to happen, make it happen yourself.

Good Points:It makes you wonder what is going to happen next.
There are a lot of action scenes.

Bad Points:There are some unsolved mysteries so you
have to read the next book to understand it.

Lasting image:It was a really good book.

Would I recommend it?Yes.
I liked this book. The characters were very well developed. I thought that it was very funny how Lenny, who was the main character, had two friends and they were called Mike and other Mike. The only thing that I didn't like about this book was that it was very predictable. I knew that Lanny would win the contest, and the I knew that RJ Weathers was going to die because it was his first big league game and it was pretty obvious that he would die. Overall this book was pretty good. I recommend thi ...more
Lenny is a junior high kid who lives and breathes Phillies baseball. When an "Armchair Announcer" contest is advertised with the prize of getting to actually announce an inning of a Phillies game, Lenny knows he's meant to enter and win - and he does. But he never gets around to actually announcing his inning because the pitcher drops dead on the field, and Lenny immediately suspects foul play. Together with his two friends named Mike ("Mike" and "Other Mike"), Lenny spends his summer trying to ...more
This book was very funny book. This book was about three middle school kids who are trying to find the killer of a young promising pitcher. lenny mike and the other mike are the main characters in this story. They finally find the killer but i dont want to be a spolier so you will have to read the story to find out who the killer is. The reason that i gave this book a 4 star rating is because it was very exciting for me. Now,if you read the story and you think'' well i thought it was good so i g ...more
Len is a diehard Phillies fan. When the Phillies organization announces a chance to be an announcer for one inning at a game, Len jumps on the chance. With the help of his best friends, Mike and Other Mike, he researches and recreates a broadcast of a game pitched by the man who set the record for the worst ERA ever. They even go so far as to track the man down, but they are chased off his property rather aggressively. However, the recreation is still good enough for Len to win the contest. As h ...more
Teresa Scherping
Lenny Norbeck just got the best news - he has a chance to be the announcer for one inning of a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game! With his best friends Mike and Other Mike watching from home, Lenny gets to see the announcer's booth, meet one of his favorite players, and watch the beginning of the game with a great view. But before Lenny's big inning, something goes horribly wrong. A new, young Phillies pitcher collapses on the mound and dies of a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Lenny i ...more
Ms. Yingling
Lenny is thrilled that he has won the Armchair Announcer contest and gets to meet the announcers for the Phillies and work at a game. He's not a good baseball player, but he's a great announcer and knows his baseball history-- for his audition tape, he and his friends Mike and Other Mike have dug up an obscure story about the worst pitcher ever, Blaze O'Farrell, who happens to still be living in their hometown. While at the game, the new and promising pitcher, R.J. Weathers, drops dead on the mo ...more
This book "Strike Three You're Dead" is a sport and mystery book by Josh Berk. A boy named "Lenny Norbeck" and his two friends, Mike and other Mike are dead hard Philles fan. He enter the armchair announcer contest for his magnificent talent with the microphone. He wins and Lenny is excited about that. He gets to meet with his heroes and a pitcher named "R.J Weathers" who was a promising pitcher for the Philadelphia Philles. He also meets up with Blaze O'Farrell, the person who holes the record ...more
Robert Haack
Worst book I've read in quite some time. First off, it was 72 pages in before the mystery starts. I get that the author was doing some setup work here but that is just too much. Second it was difficult read because of the word flow. Third there was too much description of certain things. One or two descriptions is more than enough, any more is just over kill. Fourth there were chapters that seemed like the author was just extending the story with useless material that was not relevant to the sto ...more
Lenny loves baseball and dreams of being an announcer someday (because he's certainly never going to be a player). It's just a dream until his two best friends, Mike and Other Mike, convince him to enter the Phillies' Armchair Announcer contest. On the night of the big game--the biggest opportunity of Lenny's life--an up-and-coming player drops dead on the mound. It's written off as a fluke thing, but Lenny and his friends find it more suspicious than that. Everyone who was in the stadium that n ...more
I liked the characters in this story a lot. I also liked the connections to the public library in so many ways. (I came from a small town with a library much like the one in this town.) I did not love the ending, though. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt, though I doubt this will be an issue for students.

The mostly male characters are interesting and fun and it will be great for students who often are reluctant to read.
This book was very good, because the amount of characters was great there are 4 characters in the book “Strike Three You’re Dead.” One problem though it had to much events, so it was hard to keep everything in my head. This book was a adventure book, because 4 children ( Mike, other Mike, and Maria) were trying to find out who killed R.J Weathers, because they might have known the killer. Mike, Maria, and other Mike go to many places such as: the mall, Mike’s house, other Mike’s house, library a ...more
Pam Bohmfalk
This was a pretty cute story, but I think it would be better placed on the 4-6 list than the YA (which I guess we should change to Middle School). Not being a baseball fan, I grew tired of all the baseball references but the characters were good and the action moved along nicely. It is not a bad book, just didn't turn my crank for the YA Golden Sower list.
this is a good book if you like baseball/sports and mysteries. it is fun ride all over the place, going from one person to the next trying to figure out who did it. also try to stay with your first guess it, was right for me so it should be right for you. never stop reading this book it may get boring at times but it has a good ending!
Strike Three, You're Dead was an interesting book! I am not an avid baseball (or sport) fan so this didn't sound like a particularly interesting book at first.. but it had a nice story.

The reason I'm giving this book just two stars is because the plotline was a bit.. fussy. There was a lot of explaining - telling and not showing. The actual mystery came into the story quite late and as soon as it was mentioned I knew who the murderer was, though it took three guys a terribly long time to figure
The book was AMAZING. I couldn't put it down. I hope Josh Berk writes a sequel because this is the best book I have ever read. It beats how to train you dragon and Hatchet by far. (I'm reading Hatchet still) This mystery blows everything else out of the water with a blinding twist, accidental vengeance, and murder.
Mr. Stoner
Lenny Norbeck just won a contest to announce a Phillies game, his favorite team. The death of the starting pitcher turns him into a gumshoe with bike riding buddies to determine the killer. Funny parts and an easy read made this a decent book. Fun YAL for baseball/mystery lovers. Best for younger teens.
An entertaining page-turner, but not a shallow read. This book is great for a 5th grade book club in a mystery unit. Fantastic for introducing the concept of a red herring in addition to standard mystery concepts. Lots of surprises, and even a strong female character. Great stuff!
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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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