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

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  807 Ratings  ·  98 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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Sep 01, 2016 Josiah rated it it was ok
This book is where Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson's legacy as journalists is defined. The two thirteen-year-old sportswriters improbably leveraged their wits and pluck to break wide open a story of major corruption in college basketball after winning a contest allowing them special access to the Final Four NCAA tournament, but that's the way luck works sometimes. When Stevie and Susan Carol negotiate an arrangement to have them cover the tennis U.S. Open several months after the NCAA ad ...more
Brooke N.
Dec 02, 2015 Brooke N. rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read. It is a second in a series so it is better to read the first one first but it is not necessary.
This book takes place at the tennis U.S. Open. Susan and Stevie are there to write some articles and watch the games but are in for a great surprise when a famous women tennis player gets kidnapped. They muddle throw the mystery hoping to find out who kidnapped her. There are some great plot twists and it keeps you at the edge of your seat. There is also light MG romance that
Dec 31, 2013 Con rated it really liked it
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
Apr 15, 2010 Nico rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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
Arvand Ossoli
Feb 23, 2015 Arvand Ossoli rated it really liked it
Vanishing Act
John Feinstein
Vanishing Act is about 2 young tennis players that enter the U.S. Open (tennis tournament). But by the second round one of the competitors just vanishes. The two main characters try to find out what happened to her.
I liked the book but the beginning was very boring and confusing. The first thing the book said was, "Stevie Thomas knew he needed a shower but, as usual..." I find that to be a very boring intro.
I think anyone from 6-8 grade that likes action books would
Nov 12, 2015 Makenna rated it did not like it
Vanishing act took place in New York. The main character is Stevie. The minor characters are Kelleher and Susan Carol.These characters seem believable because they are described as ordinary people.In my mind the main character has brown hair and brown eyes. He is as tall as any average twelve year old.“So, what’s the scouting report on Evelyn Rubin? I saw the end of the match on one of the TV monitors. I see she made Boo-Hoo Three cry.” Stevie didn’t talk much in this book, but this quote shows ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tennis, sports, and mystery fans
Vanishing Act relates the story of Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson as they piece together clues about the disappearance of tennis star Natalia Makarova during the U.S. Open. The story is suspenseful, written in easy-to-understand language. The tournament grounds are described in great detail and John Feinstein gives a thorough, behind-the-scenes portrayal of the pro tour, keeping this story accessible for tennis and non-tennis fans alike (though fans of the sport are more likely to appre ...more
Melissa Mahle
Nov 11, 2013 Melissa Mahle rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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.
Tom Gase
Sep 06, 2015 Tom Gase rated it liked it
John Feinstein may be my favorite author, especially for sports, so it's tough to find anything too wrong with any of his books.
That being said, some of his books, like "Vanishing Act" I'm probably a little told to read. While Feinstein is known for his great non-fiction books such as "Season on the Brink" and "A Civil War" that are probably two of my top 50 books of all time that I've read, he also has written some fiction books that were intended for kids around the ages of 9-14 or so. This bo
Hudson Gray
Feb 17, 2016 Hudson Gray rated it really liked it
Vanishing Act by John Feinstein is a very good book. This is the second book in a series about kid reporters ar major sporting events. I have really liked this series and this book was no different.
Vanishing Act takes place at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. I have never really been a fan of tennis, but I enjoyed this book nonetheless. The plot is that when Stevie and Susan Carol are asked to cover the tourney for their newspapers, they discover that a star player has been kidnapped in plain
Tristan Beckmann
Apr 20, 2016 Tristan Beckmann rated it really liked it
I am not a huge tennis fan but I wasn't easily misunderstood or mislead by John Feinstein's book. It incorporated a fantastic mystery that was interesting and non stop had me off my seat in excitement. The kidnapping mystery isn't easy to solve and a lot of information changes throughout the novel. I continuously kept asking myself "Can Stevie and Susan Carol find Nadia Symanova or will she be found to have something else going in this plot?". I recommend this book to any sports fan who can easi ...more
Sam Miyata
Mar 25, 2015 Sam Miyata rated it it was amazing
The book I read was called " Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open" by John Feinstein. The genre was fiction and the sub genre was mystery. This book was about two young reporters, Stevie and Susan Carol going to the U.S. open. Strangely, Natalia Makarova disappears before her second round match. The two kids then try to figure out what happened to her. The books mystery will keep you to the end and if you want to find out what happens you'll have to read it for yourself. I rated this book a f ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Jaden rated it really liked it
Vanishing Act is a great book for people of all ages. This story is primarily about the sport of tennis, but don't shy away from it just because you have no knowledge about tennis. In case you were wondering the plot is all about two teen sportswriters that come across some very dangerous information while writing about the U.S. Open. I rated four stars instead of five because I had not read the first book in the series, so at times I was confused on who was talking. This is a good read for peop ...more
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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
Aug 11, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
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
May 12, 2010 Charles Gelman rated it it was ok
Charles gelman 7-2
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
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
Sep 23, 2010 Jack rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing

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
Connor C
Jan 05, 2014 Connor C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: form-1
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
Feb 01, 2010 Sara Foster rated it did not like it
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Michael Stuyvesant
May 27, 2010 Michael Stuyvesant rated it really liked it
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 Erickson
Nov 03, 2014 Jacob Erickson rated it it was amazing
The book is a sequel to Last Shot and Stevie and Susan Carol are tracking a mystery at the US Open. I rated it a 5, because there were two mysteries and the suspense in each of them left you at the edge of your seat. A tennis player is missing and Stevie thinks it is a relative of Susan Carol. She gets mad and Stevie has to keep his relationship with Susan Carol while trying to find the missing tennis star. This book is relistic, sports, and mystery, because it is about two teenagers trying to s ...more
Jacob Van
Jul 20, 2014 Jacob Van rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 27, 2015 Nflint28 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a good book. It is about Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, two 13and 14 year old sports writers. They go to cover the U.S. Open. Before a match, one player gets kidnapped. They investigate and do what they can to solve the mystery.
Mar 16, 2012 Nanci rated it liked it
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
Sep 26, 2014 Noah rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
I finally finished the book and it was a great
book. From then on it was a great book. My favorite part of the book was when Stevie got mugged and past out which then leads to Brenden getting kidnapped. Then Susan figures out that Brenden staged his kidnapping so he could have a lot of money. This then leads the FBI to prove that Nadia staged her kidnapping and they both got arrested (including everyone else in her staging).
Nov 28, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
Love his plots. I'd rate it 5 Stars if I could keep up with all the jargon and name dropping. I know it's part of his appeal as a sports novelist. I recommend his books to my YA readers in 7th and 8th grade everyday.
Aug 10, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
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.
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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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The Sports Beat (6 books)
  • Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery (The Sports Beat, #1)
  • Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl (The Sports Beat, #3)
  • Change-up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat, #4)
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