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

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  1,048 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Playing in the World Series is every ballplayer s dream, but no one is more surprised to actually be here than Norbert Doyle a late call-up for an underdog team.
Doyle pitched in the minor leagues for years before making it to the bigs. He went to school in the off-season to earn his degree. He raised two kids on his own after the tragic death of his wife. And now he s sla
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Published September 8th 2009 by Listening Library (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jake Damphousse
Apr 06, 2012 Jake Damphousse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2014 Tom Gase rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2014 Christian Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam Freeman
May 04, 2011 Sam Freeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brendan McClure
May 19, 2017 Brendan McClure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fending off dreadful agents and crazy police officers are challenges that Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson face while reporting at the baseball World Series. The book Change-Up by John Feinstein is about two kid reporters who are covering the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox. The big story of the World Series is Norbert Doyle who has been all around Major League Baseball. He has landed a spot on the World Series starting roster for the Washington Nationals. ...more
Alex Huang
May 12, 2017 Alex Huang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you had the chance to report the truth that would ruin a great career and his family? These are the questions and thoughts that went through two teenage writers in "Change-up" by John Feinstein. The book was a little boring containing little to no action to start off with, but as the plot advanced and the conflict was clearly shown, it was really difficult to stop reading. The book almost turned into a true mystery once the plot settled in. "Stevie was pretty sure he should ...more
CharliePDE
Nov 10, 2016 CharliePDE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love sports, so this book clicked quickly with me. I thought the balance between relationships, sports, and mystery was thought out well. The mystery was a cliffhanger after every chapter. But then I thought the mystery was kind of unimportant, then it got interesting. I love the story of no one becoming a someone. I also love the Red Sox :) who are in the book. I recommend this book to anyone who loves sports!
Kyle Conley
May 14, 2017 Kyle Conley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is good because I love baseball and it gets intense
Owen M
Nov 21, 2013 Owen M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
It'S Me
Dec 14, 2016 It'S Me rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"What was the story they were chasing? It was about an athlete living a lie ~ no selling a lie." This is a quote from the story Change-Up by John Feinstein. Let me just sum it up for you. Playing in the World Series is every ball players dream, but no one is more surprised to be here than Norbert Doyle—a late call up for an underdog team. Doyle pitched in the minor leagues for years before making it to the big leagues. He went to school in the off season to earn a college degree. He raised twins ...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
Louis Thompson
Dec 13, 2012 Louis Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kyle
Jan 30, 2013 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Josh Underwood
Sep 19, 2011 Josh Underwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Connor C
Sep 26, 2013 Connor C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: form-1
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
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Chris
Oct 08, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Colton Hutchison
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
Abe Seldowitz
Sep 30, 2013 Abe Seldowitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: changeup
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
TimE
May 12, 2010 TimE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jacob Erickson
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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Lauren
Aug 03, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Buxton
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
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
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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
Connor Benson
Sep 20, 2015 Connor Benson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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John
Jan 11, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Evan Berger
Mar 04, 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
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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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