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Strike Three, You're Dead

(Lenny & the Mikes #1)

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  568 ratings  ·  140 reviews
An Edgar Award Finalist

Lenny Norbeck is a die-hard baseball lover. Unfortunately, he's no player himself (according to him, he's "the worst there ever was.") But he'd make a heck of an announcer. He gets a lot of practice sitting with his best friends, Mike and Other Mike, watching Phillies games from their lawn couch—a sweet outdoor TV arrangement Mike's dad hooked them u
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sps
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every time I would read this book around other people, I embarrassed myself by laughing and/or snorting aloud. And then I would have to cop to laughing at farts. E.g. "I was actually behaving like a perfect gentleman. Maybe farting a little."(128)

So yes, there is a generous sprinkling of gas in the book, along with a bumper crop of jokes about sweating, peeing, and getting hit in the groin. And bikinis and mustaches and warlocks. But there are many other kinds of funny too, such as the wonderful
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Andrea Solorzano
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really great book overall!
I definitely recommend this book to absolutely all audiences! It's a great mixture of comedy, sports, and mystery. Best thing: there is a world-changing, mind-blowing, and "no way!" PLOT TWIST at like... the last 3 or 4 pages of the book. Awesome.
Barb Middleton
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, sports
Lenny is a doofus that is easy to love. My favorite scene is when Maria, a girl Lenny has just met, grabs his bike from him when he offers to give her a ride. Maria makes Lenny sit on the handlebars while she pedals like the figurehead of a ship. He is wearing a helmet that matches the Mikes. That's right. He has two best friends named, Mike and Other Mike. A nice play on words for a kid who is terrific at announcing baseball games. In fact, he's so good that he won a contest to announce the 6th ...more
Jenny
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenny by: Sps
Shelves: tween, story
3.5 stars. Lenny Norbeck is interested in plenty of things like watching Phillies’ games on TV, announcing Phillies games, and talking about the Phillies with his two best friends Mike and Other Mike. His big dream of announcing an inning in a Phillies game is brought to an end by the death of a much anticipated debut pitcher. When the doctors claim it was a heart attack, Lenny suspects foul play and decides to take matters into his own hands to solve this murder. One prime suspect is the myster ...more
Jake
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is perfect for sports fans and mystery lovers alike. This book is flooded with baseball references and puns, the main character takes everyday situations good and bad and relates it with baseball. For example, when the main character is running, he says "running for my life, just like a player sliding to 2nd base before he gets tagged" This book pulls you in from the start. Since the main part of the book is about a baseball player dying on the mound, mystery lovers will be nose deep i ...more
*ratherbereading*
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is an interesting combination of good oldfaction mystery and so much HUMOR!!!! Seriously, this book will make you laugh really hard. Don't let the title discourage you, there is pretty much no description of death. So full of heart. I am super exited to read the sequel!!! Recommended for ages 9+
Jenna
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2. 5 stars

Quick, easy read.
This is meant for the YA readers. It is a little simplistic for the adult audience but they could still read it.

I liked the characters.

Good sweet story which will appeal to any kids who love baseball & any adults who want to reminisce about their childhood love of the game.

i will read the other book in the series b/c i want to read further adventures of these characters.
Paloma Freundt
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Tori
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Well, I finally got around to reading the INTENDED book entitled, Strike Three, You're Dead. This one was much better than the one I read by mistake a few months ago.

This is a short book for kids, kind of on the order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Berk tells the story of Lenny, a 12-year-old boy who wins a contest to get to announce an inning of a Phillies baseball game. Unfortunately, on the day his big break arrives, before he gets to announce anything, the pitcher dies on the mound. Lenny and his
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Koen Schmidt
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lenny is a HUGE Phillies fan, his dream is being an announcer for the Phillies. He knows he's not gonna be a ball player. His friends Mike and "other" Mike convince him to enter a competition to be an announcer for the Phillies, for one game. He was having the time of his life announcing, but then his favorite pitcher drops dead on the mound. Throughout the story, Lenny and his friends investigate the so called coincidence. This is a fast pace, murder mystery. I would recommend this book to anyo ...more
Karen Maurer
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I laughed out loud. Berk's narrator describes his family and the action so well. The dialogue between the characters is believable and apt. I really liked this book.

There are enough clues to the mystery to keep the suspense up to the very end - especially since the book starts with the main characters deep in serious danger.

As an adult reader I figured out who the culprit was - and why - pretty early. The how was the real mystery in this book.

Trevor Lee
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Carolyn
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This will be a great book for reluctant readers. Sports mystery, humor, suspense, high interest, low vocabulary.
Kadyn
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
ITS LIT!Good advenchers
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Susan
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an odd combination in some ways--a humorous children's/young adult novel that has a murdered older teenager in it. Lenny and his two friends, Mike and Other Mike, are big Phillies fans (well, Other Mike is really more interested in his computer and a series of books about warlocks, but he plays along). Lenny enters, and wins, a contest to be a big league announcer for an inning, by resurrecting an old-timer who has the all time worst ERA in baseball. The day of Lenny's award, he's in the ...more
Mrs. Fisher
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Lenny Norbeck is a die-hard baseball lover. Unfortunately, he's no player himself (according to him, he's "the worst there ever was.") But he'd make a heck of an announcer. He gets a lot of practice sitting with his best friends, Mike and Other Mike, watching Phillies games from their lawn couch—a sweet outdoor TV arrangement Mike's dad hooked them up with. Being a real announcer is his dream, and he gets his chance to prove himself when he enters an "Armchair Announcer" contest and wins. The pr ...more
Charlie Jennings
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
It was a very good and funny book, but it's pretty clear who the murderer is and you're just waiting for the kids to find out. Still a great book I would definitely recommend.
Leo
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a good book to first get into mystery books if you already love sport books.
Lori
Jan 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get past page 60 - my minimum - on this one. Just no interest.
Fiona
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really interesting book. I loved it because it keeps you in the action of the book. I think that the author did a very good job describing everything.
Jacob L
It was my most favorite book ive ever read.
Lelia
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice fun and entertaining read
Reece N
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Berkeley Poder
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lenny & the Mikes are an unstoppable trio,but when the death of the most beloved baseball player has randomly happened,the group starts to suspect that the death wasn't a accident,but on purpose

Lenny & the Mikes get to work.

Will this trio find the murderer or will it just end up actually being anice accident?

Read the book to find out the suprising ending.
Matthew
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
From winning a competition to be an announcer at a phillies game to watching a murder unfold in front of you. Lenny is now faced with finding out who did it and he is thinking he found there suspect.

Overall this was a short but good book. I liked how you never knew what was coming and that there were a lot of parts where you thought one person did one thing but then end up finding out that it wasn't true what you thought and it kept you on the edge of your seat waiting for what is coming next.
Robert
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a good book, although it was a little easy to read. I had it in my bookcase for quite some time, and I figured I would try it out. It didn't seem like it would be my kind of book. Once I started to read it, it seemed like a good book. I slowly started to like it and it turns out I loved it by the end. It was sort of easy, but I think that that was good because I haven't read an easy book in a long time. The characters fight, and it does kind of joke around, even though it is supposed to b ...more
Chase
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cameron Phinney, Jack Tracy, and Ryan Hale
Recommended to Chase by: Donna Norton
This book is about a kid, Lenny Norbeck and his friends Mike and Other Mike. These kids are full blown die hard baseball fans. They love the Phillies, and many weird players in the world. Mike and Other Mike are fascinated by Lenny "The boy with the golden voice" because he is an AMAZING commentator. In fact they had entered a contest called the Armchair Announcers. If you win you get to commentate an inning during a Phillies game, specifically the sixth inning. Lenny had done it commentating vi ...more
Sara
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lenny is a junior high kid who lives and breathes Phillies baseball. When an "Armchair Announcer" contest is advertised with the prize of getting to actually announce an inning of a Phillies game, Lenny knows he's meant to enter and win - and he does. But he never gets around to actually announcing his inning because the pitcher drops dead on the field, and Lenny immediately suspects foul play. Together with his two friends named Mike ("Mike" and "Other Mike"), Lenny spends his summer trying to ...more
Christian D
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the book, Three Strikes You’re Dead, By Josh Berks, Twelve-year-old Lenny lives, breathes and talks baseball, specifically the Philadelphia Phillies. His parents are both physicians who work all the time. After Lenny pulls a D in science, his mom wants him to attend a summer class. Lenny makes a deal that he will read 200 books instead. He doesn’t tell his parents that they’re all about baseball.
Unfortunately, he's not a good baseball player himself (according to him, he is "the worst there e
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Teresa Scherping Moulton
Lenny Norbeck just got the best news - he has a chance to be the announcer for one inning of a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game! With his best friends Mike and Other Mike watching from home, Lenny gets to see the announcer's booth, meet one of his favorite players, and watch the beginning of the game with a great view. But before Lenny's big inning, something goes horribly wrong. A new, young Phillies pitcher collapses on the mound and dies of a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Lenny i ...more
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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Other books in the series

Lenny & the Mikes (2 books)
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