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Strike Three, You're Dead

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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  64 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
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Hardcover, 250 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sps
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
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Jenny
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
Tori
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
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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
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Demetri
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
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
Brady
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
Sara
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
Diane
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
Sathursan.K
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
Brandy
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
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.
Allie
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!
Hannah
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
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Kieran
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.
Marilyn Knox
This is the story of a twelve year old and his friends. They are Phillies fans. They discover a girl who is a bigger fan.

Some amusing dialog as hero (Lenny) tries out for announcer for a day. Murder insues. The boys and one girl solve the murder.

Okay--very light.
Kim
This is a fun, middle-school boy mystery, but girls would like it too. The banter is good, the mystery is good enough, the characters are fun, the humor is good. I enjoyed it for what it is, a light-fun read. If it were an adult book, I would say it's a beach read.
Nancy
Lenny is a major Phillies fan. He and his friends try never to miss a game. And Lenny knows just about all there is to know about the team. When they hear about the contest to announce an inning of a game, they all just know that Lenny has what it takes to win. The audition tape will be Lenny announcing a past game where a famous player pitched the worst game in Phillies history. And guess what! Lenny wins the contest. On the night of his big game, things don't go as planned. After meeting the y ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Lenny is a huge Phillies fan. When he wins the chance to be a guest broadcaster for a game, he is thrilled. That is, until the star pitcher drops dead on the mound – was he murdered? Lenny and his friends, Mike and Other Mike, set out to solve the mystery. This is a great book – funny, suspenseful, filled with enough baseball references to please fans, but enough story about the boys, school, the mystery, and their families to interest everyone. There are twists and turns all throughout. A fun ...more
Lisa
Lenny is obsessed with the Phillies! They are his favorite team. When he wins a contest to be a "guest announcer" he cannot believe his luck, because it'll be Rookie R. J. Weather's first big league game. But before Lenny's big chance, one of the players ends up dead. Now, Lenny feels it's up to him and the 2 Mikes to solve the mystery. Are these middle schoolers ready to go to bat as detectives? This is a fun kid detective story. Sport themed, but not much sport played, more talked about. This ...more
Jms Media
This is a fast-paced murder mystery set in a ballpark. There is lots of middle school and baseball humor throughout this book as the teens try to solve the case. A good choice for readers who enjoy baseball, mysteries and/or humor.
KC
Lenny loves baseball and he is Philippies fan, but he can't play it because he is bad at throwing the ball.

I didn't like this book because it was hard to understand the main problem.

I think my friend will like this book if they are baseball fan.
Kari Karp
Funny mystery for tween boys. Kind of like a mix of Closed for the Season and Saving Armpit. I will definitely book talk this in the spring.
RoseAnn
Read this book along with a student to make sure he was comprehending. It has a very easy plot to follow fro chapter to chapter.
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Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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