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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
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jake Damphousse
Apr 06, 2012 Jake Damphousse rated it it was amazing
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.
Tom Gase
Oct 21, 2014 Tom Gase rated it really liked it
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
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Michael Girardin
Mar 07, 2014 Michael Girardin rated it really liked it
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
Dec 09, 2014 Christian Jacob rated it really liked it
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
Jake Walker
Change Up by John Feinstein is about teen news writers Stevie and Susan Carol. They write the sports section of the newspaper. They are sent to the World Series to get a good story on the underdog, Norbert Doyle. He started off rarely playing, but when his team made it to the World Series, his coach began to start playing him in the game. He went from never playing to being one of the main pitchers. “It didn't take Stevie very long to write the story about Norbert Doyle replacing Ross Detwiler o ...more
Mark Buxton
Feb 25, 2016 Mark Buxton rated it liked it
I gave this book a rating of three out of five, because I think it might only appeal to baseball fans. It's a mystery, but there are many references to people, athletes, and events related to baseball. Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol are teenage sports reporters who have covered many several major sporting events. They are now covering the Washington Nationals' first World Series appearance in almost eighty years. Stevie accidentally stumbles upon a story involving an aging pitcher who has finally ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series is a fun and highly entertaining story and kept me very interested as I flipped through the pages. Now, I am not a baseball fan. I used to be a Astro Buddy when I was a kid growing up in Houston, Texas, and have been to a few games over the years to watch teams like the Houston Astros, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Dodges, San Francisco Giants, and the Bend Elks play. Still, I don't watch baseball on television or follow any team religiously.

Not being a big f
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Connor Benson
Sep 21, 2015 Connor Benson rated it it was amazing
Change-up by John Feinstein is one of my favorite mystery sports, but I don't read many mystery books. His writing was not confusing at all, it all came together at the end. The vocabulary was not higher level, even though it did not bother me. The only thing I would have to critique about is how in the beginning the information is just there, while I think I would made it into a couple pages.

The book is about two young sports writers that have covered other big sports events such as the Super B
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Melissa Dwyer
Jun 02, 2015 Melissa Dwyer rated it it was ok
Originally Rated A
From School Library Journal
Grade 6–9—In previous books, teenage sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson exposed a scheme to throw a game in the NCAA basketball tournament, unraveled a kidnapping plot at the U.S. Tennis Open, and uncovered a steroid scandal at the Super Bowl. Now they are assigned to cover the World Series, where the underdog Washington Nationals are meeting the Boston Red Sox. While checking out the Cinderella story of the 38-year-old Nationals' ro
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Evan Berger
Mar 09, 2016 Evan Berger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and thought it was well written book. Even though this is the second book in the series it doesn’t matter if you read this book before Cover Up. Characters: As in the first book Stevie is a 14 year old reporter, As in the first book Susan Carol is friends with Stevie and is a 14 year old reporter, Bobby(Kelleher) is still Stevie’s journalism helper, and David is a player that had just been picked up by the Washington Nationals. Conflict: Stevie and Susan Carol go to the ...more
Sam Freeman
May 04, 2011 Sam Freeman rated it it was amazing
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.
Tyler Dring
Jan 14, 2016 Tyler Dring rated it it was amazing
Change Up
By John Feinstein


The book Change up by John Feinstein is a great novel on how two teen writing sensations go to the World Series. The two teens, Steve Thomas and Susan Carol are at another big sporting event, so as expecting something goes wrong. Steve is just trying to find a story when he gets into someone’s past and finds some info that should not be found. As Steve and Susan Carol both try to get to the bottom of this the National’s are in game seven of their first ever World Serie
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Amanda
Jan 22, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
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
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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
Kyle Ebert
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Change Up
By: John Feinstein

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 y
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Cole Hrapczak
I read the book Change-up. It is about a 38 year old rookie named Norbert Doyle who has played for many major league teams before getting called to the MLB Nationals. They need him to pitch on the World Series in game 2 because there starter got injured. He gets interviewed by Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol and Norbert has kids that are big fans of Stevie and carol.
I personally liked this book although it was confusing and left me hanging a lot. I kept wanting to continue reading.
I would recommen
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Jonathan
Feb 17, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Change-up: Mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein is novel dealing two teenage reporters who undercover the mysterious background of one of the pitchers on a World Series team. The mystery is surrounding Norbert Doyle, a late season call-up, who helped propel his team to the postseason and beyond. Two teenage reporters, Stevie and Susan Carol are able to track down the shady background of Doyle. Throughout the novel, Feinstein does a great job in keeping the story moving and interesting. ...more
Logan
Dec 17, 2014 Logan added it
This book is about a man who has been jumping from team to team in the minor leagues. Until one day he gets the opportunity to play on a playoff contending team by the name of the Washington Nationals. Who end up going to the world series the year they call up the man by the name of Norbert Doyle. And then something tragic and Norbert has to lace up the cleats and do something he has never done before.

Honestly this was one of my favorite books that I have read all year long.

I would recommend thi
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Jackmiles
Jun 01, 2016 Jackmiles rated it really liked it
Change-Up, by John Grisham, was a great book about a 14 year old sports reporter named Stevie Thomas. I can relate to Stevie because I love watching and commenting on sports. The plot was excellent as I never knew what was coming next. The plot was also unpredictable but almost unrealistic as crazy things happened in the story. Feinstein did a great job of stretching the truth without being totally unrealistic. I recommend this book to anyone who loves baseball, reporting, or other books by Fein ...more
Jacob Erickson
Aug 28, 2015 Jacob Erickson rated it liked it
Change-Up is the fourth book in the Sports Beat Series. In this adventure, Stevie and Susan Carol, two kid reporters are covering the World Series for the MLB. When Stevie and Susan Carol uncover a dark history in one of the player's pasts Stevie goes off to investigate on his own. Normally the duo would go together, but after fists fly and tempers get fired up with Susan Carol's new "boyfriend," Stevie must stick it alone.
I liked this book, but it was not as good as the previous three. I wasn't
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Colton Hutchison
Oct 29, 2014 Colton Hutchison rated it it was amazing
I read the book Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series. This book is about two famous kid reporters, Stevie and Susan Carol. The book takes place during the World Series. A pitcher, Norbert Doyle, is asked to pitch in game two of the World Series. No one knows much about him since he's never pitched in an MLB game before. When Stevie and Susan Carol are interviewing Doyle they discover a past of Norbert no one knows about. The young reporters dig up information that will help them solve the myst ...more
Connor C
May 06, 2014 Connor C rated it it was amazing
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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
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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
May 22, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
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,
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Michael Stuyvesant
May 27, 2010 Michael Stuyvesant rated it really liked it
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
Jan 12, 2010 John rated it really liked it
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.

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TimE
May 13, 2010 TimE rated it really liked it
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 it was amazing
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
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Kyle
Feb 07, 2013 Kyle rated it it was amazing
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
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Chris
Oct 23, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
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
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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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