Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open (The Sports Beat, #2)
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Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open (The Sports Beat #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  567 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson return in another fast-paced, action-packed sports mystery from bestselling sports writer John Feinstein.

The two hopeful sports reporters have kept in touch after their wild time at the Final Four, and when Susan Carol manages to score a press pass to cover the first week of the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York, Stevie works out...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Vanishing Act by John Feinstein is a quick read, but really allows the reader to step into the world of sport reporters in an exciting way. It makes the reader realize to not take events at their face value. Vanishing Act takes place at the US Open in about the present time. Stevie, a short thirteen year old, and Susan, a tall thirteen year old, both are news reporters. They both met at the final four basketball game and uncovered a blackmail attempt on one of the best players in the league. No...more
In the book "Vanishing Act" by John Feinstein, eighth graders Susan and Stevie are invited by a columnist from the Washington Herald. Susan and Stevie have not seen each other since they reported on a Final Four game. The only communication that they had with each other was instant messaging. Susan and her Uncle Brendan invited Stevie to stay with them. Susan’s Uncle had recently started a agency where they draft young children and place them into tournaments. When Susan and Stevie met, it was v...more
May 22, 2009 Thomas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sports and mystery fans
"Vanishing Act" is about thirteen year old Stevie Thomas and his best friend/crush Susan Carol Anderson. They made sportswriting history before by covering a huge blackmailing scheme at the NBA (or something related to basketball), and now they are ready to view the US Open without any trouble or qualms. However, just as they begin to enjoy the tennis matches, a star player gets kidnapped. Stevie and Susan Carol work with each other to piece together what exactly happened.

It has been awhile sinc...more
Melissa Mahle
I was sorely tempted to put down this book. That advice about cutting out all the boring parts of life? Feinstein must have forgotten it. I don't need to know the layout of NY city streets, nor read really dull and routine dialog. Why three stars? Because when the plot (finally) kicks in, this is a good story. It will appeal to sports enthusiasts and mystery lovers. Did didn't realize it was part of a series when I picked it off the shelf. Will I read book one? Probably not.
If the following paragraph doesn't give you an insight on how this book is, there's no help for you.

Every time I turned the page, it was like stepping in a fresh pile of dog Even after you wash your foot, you still aren't able to get the stench that has now insinuated itself into your skin, to go away. Even after I put this book forcefully away, I still couldn't get the thought out of mind of how many different ways I wanted to destroy it. Rip it part page by page and set each t...more
This is the second sports mystery for the YA audience by Feinstein, a sports reporter. Thirteen-year-old aspiring sports writer Stevie is reacquainted with fellow budding sports reporter Susan Carol, who is the same age as Stevie but several inches taller, much to his dismay. In their first adventure, Stevie and Susan Carol uncovered a plot at college basketball's Final Four. In this tale, while the two are at the US Open a top-rated female player disappears and is believed to have been kidnappe...more
Charles Gelman
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Vanishing Act by: John Feinstein
By: Charles Gelman

Vanishing Act by John Feinstein is a book about a young tennis player who is kidnapped at the U.S Open match. This book involves many strengths and weaknesses from the author’s writing. In my opinion, I would give this book two and a half stars out of five. I say this because of the great amount of weaknesses the novel owns. The book’s cons start with how the story drags. The story takes half of the book to start the co...more
Colin Deveny
I personally thought that Vanishing Act by John Feinstein was rather good. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sports. I would especially recommend it to people who like to play and learn about the sport tennis. Some parts were very interesting. Also at the same time other parts were not as exciting. When some boring parts occurred I would try to imagine it because sometimes I would get off guard and it would be hard to focus. Other than that this book is in my top favorites. In the...more
Last month, I read a book called Vanishing Act by John Feinstein. In my opinion, this book had all of the great traits I like to see in a book: mystery, drama, and sports. In Vanishing Act, the two main characters are Susan Carol and Stevie. These two teens are amateur sports writers. Susan Carol wrote articles for her local newspaper while Stevie wrote for the Washington Herald. Together, these two teens investigate the mysterious disappearance of a tennis player during the U.S. Open. The playe...more

Over the past few weeks, I read the book Vanishing Act by John Feinstein. This book is about a boy named Stevie and a girl named Susan Carol who are young and rising stars in the reporting business. They had just been to the final four where they had discovered a mystery. In this book were invited by the Washington Herald to the U.S open to report on the tennis matches. The only times that they had talked to each other since the final four was instant messaging. Susan Carol gave Stevie the numbe...more
Connor C
In Vanishing Act by John Feinstein, the main idea that the author is trying to communicate to the reader is that people may sometimes do bad things for money or to gain popularity. This story takes place in present day at the US Open tennis tournament in New York. Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are two young sports writers who get the chance to cover the event before they must return to school for the next year. The story is told by a narrator who presents Stevie’s thoughts. Although Ste...more
Sara Foster
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Michael Stuyvesant
Vanishing Act by John Feinstein was a great book. The whole time I wanted to just keep reading it. At the end of each chapter there is always new information given and that information leads to a more suspensful part of the story. It is about two young writers, Stevie and Susan Carol, who had previously won a writing contest to see and write about the final four basketball tournament. Now they are in New York to write about the U.S. Open tennis tournament. At one of the early matches they were a...more
Jacob Van
I recently finished Vanishing Act by John Feinstein. This book was very exciting to read because you never knew what was going to happen next. I liked this book because if you thought one character did it, another character that you would never think of did it.
Mar 16, 2012 Nanci rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th-9th grade readers
Cute mystery involving 2 teenage aspiring sportswriters and the US Open. I think any young mystery fans will enjoy this. The mystery was back and forth and you think you know who did it and then you aren't so sure and then there is a surprise twist at the end. The bonus to Feinstein's series is that it might attract guys and girls who are into sports and don't love to read. They can get their reading pages done and talk sports as well. I would recommend this to kids 4th-9th grade. I think kids o...more
Solid middle-grade mystery/sports novel centering tennis. Recommend for younger readers that are into the statistics and game of tennis as well as those looking for a nice mystery.
Alex R.
This book follows Steve. A teenage sports writer for the Washington Herald, who is reporting on the US open tennis tournament. Where the biggest star in the world has been kidnapped. Steve is staying with Brendan Gibson a tennis agent. Who alike seemingly everyone else high up at the tournament is acting a little strangely. Steve there is something fishy going on but what. Overall I enjoyed this book. I generally enjoy Feinstein's writing due to the fact that he is very good with developing char...more
John Feinstein did a miraculous job with Vanishing Act. I would give it five stars because I never wanted to put it down. If you are a boy and like sports you will love this. I you like mystery you will love this. If you are like me and enjoy both this is the book for you. Steven and Susan Carol are reporters and go to a tennis tournament in New York. They are stuck in the middle of the kidnapping of the most popular female player in the world. My favorite part of the book is when Susan Carol ge...more
I wanted to like this book because my daughter selected it for me at the library. I love reading and tennis and mysteries, so this book should've fit the bill. My favorite part was the accurate scenes from the U.S. Open, and real people from the tennis world. Even the mystery was fairly interesting, especially for young readers. My complaint about this book is the language. I like young fiction because not reading foul language is refreshing. Only a couple words creep in, but reading God's name...more
Mar 22, 2008 Brooke rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 12-14
Recommended to Brooke by: none
I liked this book as I have all the books ive read by John. I didnt enjoy this one as much as the first I must say maybe just because the story is basicly the same except for the change in sport and location. You know before you even start that they are going to fing a "scandal", write about it for their papers and solve it, but I guess thats the same for all mysteries. With that said I still think its rather a good novel. I makes you want to keep reading and you'll get through it fast for that...more
Oct 26, 2007 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery and sports fans
Shelves: mystery
The second in Feinstein's young adult sports mystery series, this book is just as much fun as the first one, Last Shot. Stevie and Susan Carol are once again on the scene at a big sporting event, the U.S. Open tennis championships, when a 16-year old Russian tennis star vanishes as she's walking to her match! Was she kidnapped? If so, by whom and why? And will our teen journalist-sleuths be able to solve the mystery before harm comes to her? Or to them? Good suspense, action and mystery, some h...more
Aspiring sports writers Stevie and Susan Carol are at it again, this time at the U. S. Open. Their tennis coverage is disrupted when one of the star players is kidnapped. When the intrepid reporters start investigating the kidnapping their faith in the integrity of sports is shaken, as it seems every one from players to agents is involved, possibly even Susan Carol's uncle.

This is a fun series for sports enthusiasts and mystery lovers alike. The two main characters are enjoyable and it is fun w...more
This is written by the same author as "Last Shot", and features the same young protagonists, Stevie and Susan Carol. This time they are reporting on the U.S. Open, and get involved in a mystery surrounding the kidnapping of a beautiful and talented Russian player. Could Susan Carol's beloved uncle be involved? You don't need to love tennis to like this book, and you will certainly find out a bit about what goes on behind the scenes of an international tournament.
Joan Sizemore
Teen reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are at the U. S. Open in New York, staying with Susan Carol's uncle. When a rising Russian tennis star is kidnapped, Stevie and Susan Carol began to notice some things that don't add up and they're off solving another sports mystery. Great fun in middle school for sports fans and mystery lovers alike. The name dropping keeps this book from being timeless but the teen readers will not notice. Recommended.
When a famous Russian tennis player is apparently kidnapped at the US Open, it is up to two budding teen journalists to solve the crime. [return][return]Although Feinstein's voice is better suited to doing NPR commentary than narrating a spoken book, this sports mystery is full of insider details that current tennis fans will love. Mystery fans won't be disappointed either with the twisty, but logical ending.
My post-bar book :)

I read it in one day and can't wait to read the rest of the series. John Feinstein writes fiction as well as he writes everything else. Plus, for the real diehard John Feinstein fans, guys like Pete Dowling and Bob Ades make an appearance as characters. Not to mention the inside sports knowledge, writing, and references that make some of the action read like great sports coverage.
Stevie and Susan Carol are back – this time at the US Open. Of course, there has to be drama – and we are not disappointed. This time, one of the young Eastern European tennis stars is kidnapped. They two teens are on the case, but the clues lead them to a place they weren’t bargaining for.

Not as tense as book 1 – and, again, a LOT of technical sports details – but still worth a read.
Susan Carol and Stevie, the kid reporters who can't stay out of trouble, wind up in the middle of yet another sports-themed mystery. This time, a famous tennis player has disappeared at the U.S. open, and Susan Carol and Stevie have to help find her. These books are fast reads and have a decent amount of suspense. If you liked Cover-Up or Last Shot, you'll like Vanishing Act.
Mark Adamo
So far, this book is not nearly as good as the first book in the series, The Last Shot. Though it keeps me on edge at some points, it is not as good a mystery as I would have expected. The plot is very good, it just feels like the same thing as the first book and is getting old.
Beth Bryden-miller
Good. Lots of name drops for those who follow the sport. Decent mystery with twists. Could have read the earlier book but wasn't confused. Definitely suspend reality in terms of the access granted to the 13 yr olds but I get why middle schoolers like it. Will read more of his.
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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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