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Change-up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat #4)

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"New York Times" bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein takes readers behind the scenes at the World Series in this exciting baseball mystery.
When teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the World Series, the talk of the tournament is Norbert Doyle--a late call-up for an underdog team. But the more they learn about him, the more conflicting storie...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Michael Girardin
John Feinstein’s Change Up: A Mystery at the World Series has the perfect combination of sports and suspense as it portrays a nail-biting World Series, a gripping mystery, and fantastic descriptions. Stevie and Susan Carol are journalist that have covered almost every big-time sporting event in the past years, but now they have the World Series. They run into a scandal everywhere they go this time is no different. As the Red Sox and Nationals clash for a championship, a career minor league pitch...more
Christian Jacob
The book Changeup by John Feinstein was an excellent mystery. It is about Norbert Doyle, a professional pitcher for the Washington Nationals, who is being interviewed by Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol. During the interview something suspicious comes up that Norbert Doyle says. Stevie and Susan are trying to figure out if he's telling the truth or not. I like this book because you never knew Norbert Doyle was telling the truth, it always left you hanging after every chapter. I never knew what the...more
Tom Gase
This was the 22nd book I have read by John Feinstein and it's probably safe to say that along with the late great David Halberstam, he's probably my favorite non-fiction writer of all time.
I am slowly finding out that he is a very good fiction writer as well.
The author of absolute defining classic sports books such as A Civil War, A Season on the Brink, The Punch, and A Good Walk Spoiled just to name a few, has also started to write some very good fiction sports books for the young adult audienc...more
Jake Damphousse
I had previously read Last Shot and Cover Up and loved them both. With baseball being my favorite sport, I was excited to read this. Feinstein does a great job at encorporating real sports with a ficticous story. He creates a mystery that keeps you turning pages. Being from the Boston area, it was fun to read about the Redsox and Fenway, having been there and knowing where places that he described in the book were. Overall, my favorite book of the series.
Sam Freeman
This book was really suspenseful and it was enjoyable to read.Stevie Thomas a report for the Washington Post is trying to figure out the history of pitcher for National's Norbert Doyle after he pitched in Game 2 in the World Series. This book was really interesting because I didn't know whether Norbert was telling the truth. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes sports and like mystery books.
Amanda
Stevie is a teen sports reporter who gets to write about the Washington National‘s post season. On the night the National’s win the play-offs he meets pitcher Norbert Doyle who soon becomes a big deal. After Stevie and Susan Carol, his girlfriend and fellow reporter, interview Doyle and his twin children, Stevie suspects there is more to his story. Stevie now finds himself not only reporting on the World’s Series, but maybe having big story about one of it’s players on his hands.

Even though th...more
Connor
Oct 03, 2014 Connor added it
Change Up by John Feinstein is about two teen reporters Steve and Susan at the world series. Steve and Susan are trying to find out more about Norbert Doyle, a call up pitcher for the team. And now Doyle is starting the second game in the world series. After an interview with Doyle steve and Susan learn more about him. They now are questioning more about doyle and his life before the bigs. I'm am at the part where steve is learning about Doyle's wife's death which was from a one car accident. An...more
Connor C
In Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series, the story takes place in October during the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals. A limited narrator who can only view the thoughts of Stevie Thomas tells the story. The protagonists in the story are Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, who are both sports journalists. Stevie is not be the best athlete, but he loves writing about sports. Susan Carol, on the other hand, is a great athlete herself and also loves to cover...more
The Loft
It’s late October and the underdog Washington Nationals have just defeated the New York Mets to win the National League championship for the first time in 76 years. Sniffing out a story in the Nationals’ locker room, 14 year old “kid reporter” Stevie Thomas meets Norbert Doyle, a quiet, reserved pitcher recently called up from the minor leagues. Doyle’s back story is the stuff of dreams and Hollywood movies. After losing his wife in a gruesome car accident, he toiled away unsung in the minors fo...more
Laura Stone Johnson
YA - eaudio Although they’re only 14 years old, Stevie and Susan Carol are already well known sports reporters who have (in previous books) already covered the Final Four and the Superbowl. Not only are they talented and well respected, they certainly have a nose for news and a knack for finding themselves in the middle of controversy.

In Change-up: Mystery at the World Series Stevie and Susan Carol are covering the World Series when they discover certain facts from the past about Norbert Doyle,...more
Michael Stuyvesant
Change-up: Mystery at the World Series was a great book. In another Stevie and Susan Carol adventure, the two are found at the World Series. One night after the Nationals had just won to go to the series, Stevie sees a lonely looking pitcher named Norbert Doyle. Stevie tries interviewing him but Doyle gets called away by teammates as they are celebrating. Doyle then calls Stevie later and accepts an interview. During the interview Stevie learns that Doyle had been in a terrible car accident that...more
John
Stevie & Susan Carol are back, and this time they are at the WORLD SERIES. Norbert Davis was called up by the Washington Nationals in August to finish the season, and pitched well, a 3.23 ERA, but no wins, until the Nationals reach the World Series, the Game 2 starter is injured and Norbert finds out he will start.

He grants Stevie & Susan Carol an interview the morning of the game when he finds out he will start, and then goes out and pitches a one hitter in a Nationals Game 2 victory.

H...more
TimE
If y ou got a chance to go to the World Series for free wouldn’t you do it? These two kids named Stevie and Susan Carol have just that privilege. They are there reporting about it. The book I have read was Change-Up by John Feinstein. Stevie and Susan have gone to the World Series to write reports about it. However, there is one thing that is a little out of the ordinary. That is the fact that the Nationals are in the World Series. Them getting to the play-offs is amazing enough, but the World S...more
Josh Underwood
Oct 23, 2011 Josh Underwood rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sports and Mystery Fans
The Change Up
By: John Feinstein
Published Date: 2009
Genre: Realistic Fiction
There is a star pitcher on the Washington Nationals that most have never heard of pitching in the World Series. It’s hard to pitch a one hitter and no one has ever heard of you especially when you are pitching against the Red Sox. His name is Norbert Doyle and there is more to him than just his star pitching. He is hiding something about his past. His wife died in a two car accident with a drunken driver, or was it a high...more
Kyle
Change-Up
By John Feinstein

The book Change-Up, by John Feinstein, is a great book for anyone who likes mysteries, and/or sports books, because it has both. The book is focused on mainly teens who, as I said before, are in to mysteries, and/or sports.
The book is set in the modern era, and includes modern day places, and people in it. It includes many different public figures, whom many people see on television.

The book is about two young, aspiring reporters who are called upon to cover one of t...more
Chris
I thought that the novel Changeup by John Feinstein was a perfect example of what a great sports book should look like. The story takes place at the World Series in Washington, D.C. and Boston. The two protagonists, Stevie and Susan are teenage sports reporters who are covering the World Series. There, they meet a rookie pitcher for the Washington Nationals, Norbert Doyle. Norbert has a great life story, but a tragic past. He claimed that his wife died when a drunk driver hit their car over 10 y...more
Yenchen
I began this book knowing nothing about baseball and I ended up liking this book anyway. The only reason I picked up this book is because I have read John Feinstein's previous work such as Last Shot and I have loved reading all of them. Steve Thomas and Susan Carol return for another great mystery to solve. I thought this mystery had many twists and turns as Steve and Susan try to find out the history behind the mysterious (at first friendly) pitcher. Different stories were introduced to explain...more
Justin Illes
The book that I read is called Change-Up is written by John Feinstein. This is a book that I could not put down. Every page it is telling you another important part of the book. This book is a sports mystery about a boy named Stevie Thomas is a fourteen year old boy from Philadelphia and is a sports writer for the Washington Herald. Stevie has been to the Final Four, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and the U.S. Open. His friend and mentor, Bobby Kelleher, also works for the Washington Herald and...more
Abe Seldowitz
The realistic fiction book Change-up by John Feinstein is all about a teenager, Stevie Thomas who goes on a mission to cover the world series, Boston Red Sox vs Washington Nationals. He is fourteen years old and is from PHiladelphia, Pennsylvania. He mainly covers the Washington Nationals because he works with the Washington herald. He goes into the players' locker rooms, interview players etc. THey do not only cover the world series but they also cover baseball playoff games prior to the World...more
Owen M
If you like Baseball and reading mysteries then Change Up, by John Feinstein is a good read. In Change Up, the Washington Nationals advanced to the World Series to play the Boston Red Sox. Fourteen year olds Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are teen sports writers for the Washington Post and Washington Herald. When Stevie is in the locker room after a game, he sees a lonely player off to the side and goes and introduces himself. His name is Nobert Doyle, a player called up during the playo...more
Louis Thompson
Book Review
In the book “Change-Up” by John Feinstein, Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol who are kid reporters. They found out a secret about Norbert Doyle’s past and dig deeper into it. I strongly believe that author did a great job of writing this book, here are some reasons why.
He does a really good job of keeping you on the edge of your seat for the majority of the book. For example when Stevie was interviewing Wil Nieves about Norbert Doyle’s past. Wil told Stevie that Norbert said that he fel...more
Lauren
So this book is actually the fourth in a series, which I did not know while I was reading it. Luckily I was able to still have everything make sense, so you don't have to read the other books before reading this one. And I know, it is a baseball book, but I found it a very enjoyable read. It was mostly a mystery book instead of a baseball one, so you probably won't get bored while reading it. My only thing about the baseball is that I found all the terms and lingo really confusing. But if you're...more
Laura
The latest in the Susan Carol/Stevie mystery series. In this one, the two teenage journalists cover the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox. During the playoffs, Stevie discovers Norbert Doyle, an career minor-leaguer who, against all odds, makes the team for the series and is tapped to start Game Two. Stevie may have lucked into the best story of the Series, but as he learns more about Doyle's past, he starts finding things that don't add up.

As much as I want to...more
Haydon
May 24, 2011 Haydon added it
I thought that this was the best mystery book I have ever read! It is a mystery featuring two child reporters named Stevie and Susan Carol. They were both selected as 2 star child reporters and are set to cover the world series! During their time on the world series, Stevie meets a baseball player by the name of Norbert Doyle. Norbert is a 38 year old man who seems a little mysterious but Stevie likes him a lot and wants to get to know his story. He's basically traveled everywhere in the entire...more
Jack H.
Oct 01, 2014 Jack H. is currently reading it
The change up by John Feinstein is a great book to read especially if you have a passion for baseball. It's an interesting story about a minor leaguer that got called up to pitch in the world sieries. Stevie and Susan Carol are kid reporters that report for major sporting events such as the World Series, final four, both us opens, the Super Bowl ext,.. They end up becoming friends with Stevie and Susan carol over time, and his kids too. I would totally recommend this book to anybody who loves sp...more
Bruno
The book Change Up by John Feinstien was an okay book; the book was good except for the ending. The book was about about a boy named Steven Thomas,who is a fourteen year old journalist at the World Series. One day after an interview with one of the pitchers in the World Series, he uncovers a secret...

Christina
I love this mystery series, and this was another good entry. Our teen reporters Stevie and Susan Carol cover the World Series between the Washington Nationals (I did not know they're called "the Nats"!) and the Boston Red Sox, where they start to dig deeper into a mystery involving the past of one of the pitchers. The mystery didn't involve the Series that much; it was more about character and integrity. As usual I could easily zone out during the sports details :-) but they don't overwhelm the...more
Luke
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This one was a bit of a disappointment. For the first 130 pages or so, I just couldn't shake a bad feeling about the book. It seemed like there was truly no conflict for the entire story except for some relationship problems. Stevie, the main character, would have more conflict over his relationship with Susan Carol, his girlfriend, when they were arguing over what was SUPPOSED to be the main conflict of the story. It just appeared to be plotless. I a...more
Robbie Markus
I absolutely loved this book! It is a mystery featuring two kid reporters named Stevie Thomas and Susan- Carol Anderson. Their assignment from the Washington newspapers is to cover the World Series. During their coverage, Stevie meets a player named Norbert Doyle. Norbert is a 38-year-old who's been on every minor-league team ever. He's basically traveled everywhere. Now, he's on a major league team in the World Series. But, as Stevie learns more and more about Norbert Doyle, he discovers there'...more
Cooper Vidmar
The book The change up by john Feinstein is a great book. Two kid reporters get to cover the world series. It became the biggest story of the year when a 38 year old rookie pitched game 2. He was one out away from throwing a no-hitter. His wife died and the kids investigated to see if he killed her or not. It was the biggest story of the year.
I recommend this book to everyone. It has sports, mystery, and some romance. Every time I read this I just kept reading and reading. From beginning to end...more
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John Feinstein is one of the nation’s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date. His most recent work Are You Kidding Me? , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere. In addition, he is an award-winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television.

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