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Twelve-year-old April O'Day's summer has gotten off to a flying start. As the new bat retriever for the Harpoons, her hometown's minor league team, she's fetching bats and doling out great advice to players and coaches alike. In a word, she's becoming indispensable. But mysterious things are happening at Haney Field, which April and her best friend - and fellow baseball en ...more
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Published September 16th 2014 by MB Publishing
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Julia
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readers-favorite
The Secret at Haney Field by R. M. Clark is a fun mystery story for eight to twelve year olds (or older!) The story focuses on twelve-year-old, baseball-mad April O’Day who wins a contest to be the bat retriever for her local minor-league baseball team – the Harpoons – for one exciting week during the summer holidays. Due to April’s wealth of baseball knowledge and her keen eye, her tips and advice improve the players’ performances and she is asked to stay on all summer. One evening, after the m ...more
Sara
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting book, especially for sports fans. It has a blend of sports, mystery, and the supernatural. I think my intermediate schoolers will love the the mix of genres. Though we weren't expecting the supernatural part, and my younger son (a timid reader) was a little unnerved by it. I would make sure that students are aware there is a supernatural aspect to this book because you certainly can't tell it from book description. This will definitely go on my to-order list for next ...more
Kathy
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked the mix of sports storyline and the supernatural in Secret at Haney's Field. I appreciate the baseball glossary, so you won't lose the details. As a baseball fan, I enjoyed the description of the atmosphere. A strong female main character in a sports book is a plus. I heartily recommend this book for 4th through 7th graders ...more
Silver Screen Videos
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: The author graciously gave me a copy of this book and asked me to write a review.

Although the vast majority of what I've read and reviewed on Amazon are books intended for adults, I appreciate the effort required to successfully write a book for younger readers, especially what are generally referred to as "middle readers." The author has to simultaneously make the book complex enough so that children won't reject it as another Cat in the Hat, while, at the same time, making sure the reade
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Kathy Davie
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A middle-reader’s baseball mystery that looks back over history and bigotry and rights a tremendous wrong. The story takes place in New Blackburn, Massachusetts.

This ARC was provided by NetGalley and MB Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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I can certainly understand why April won! An essay on using sabermetrics! This is a fun angle, reading the strategies and tricks of reading a baseball field. April knows her stats about the players and pays attention to the tiny details. It's a g
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Lizzy Baldwin
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I love a children’s book; I don’t get the joy of reading them often but any children’s book that can be read and enjoyed by an adult just shows how wonderful it really is. I also don’t read a huge number of books that revolve around sports so I was very interested to see how it would all pan out. Firstly, I loved the mixture of genres; it has a hint of supernatural, the sport element using the baseball a little history and some mystery thrown it right at the end. So, I’ll fill you in on a few de ...more
Tina Pegar
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
An enjoyable story for sure. I really enjoyed the main character of April she is bright, friendly and certainly passionate about baseball. Being the bat retriever opens her up to be able to help the minor league players get to be better through practice and sometimes a different bat. I love that she wins them over and at only 12 that is pretty great. In her off time her best friend and fellow baseball lover Darren dig into history to solve the mystery of the ghost players at the field. These sma ...more
Mary Brown
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Secret At Haney Field by R. M. Clark is a great children’s sports mystery. It is a book about baseball with some supernatural, history and mystery thrown own in a very clever way.

April O’Day is off for the summer and she has won a contest, allowing her to be be bat-girl for a week for her hometown minor league baseball team, the Harpoons. When the players begin improving after listening to April’s advice, she is asked to remain bat-girl for the whole summer. After April sees a ghost at the
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Bluerose's  Heart
I'm not a sports fan...at all. My hubby is, though, and I have 3 boys. I imagine my life will involve more and more sports through the coming years. I've made it a goal to learn a little more about sports, so I was thrilled when I got the chance to read this book. I DO love middle grade books AND mysteries, so The Secret At Haney Field looked like a perfect summer read for me!

April O'Day is a 12 year old girl with a vast knowledge of the sport of baseball. She wins the chance to be a "batgirl"
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Tonja Drecker
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm always a sucker for well-written children mysteries, and this one not only does an excellent job sending the sleuth through a maze of clues but weaves in an interesting piece of history as well.

The main character, April, is a young girl with spunk. She's not only interested in baseball, she knows it inside and out. It was fun to watch her help the players out with things even the coach didn't know. (Kids will love that!) Plus, she has a head on her shoulders. She's quick thinking (never arro
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Angie
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Synopsis: "Twelve-year-old April O'Day's summer has gotten off to a flying start. As the new bat retriever for the Harpoons, her hometown's minor league team, she's fetching bats and doling out great advice to players and coaches alike. In a word, she's becoming indispensable. But mysterious things are happening at Haney Field, which April and her best friend - and fellow baseball enthusiast - Darren Plummer are determined to uncover. As they quickly learn, this is no ordinary season. In fact, i ...more
April Hanks
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read one of this author's two other books (and loved it), and reading this book only makes me want to go out and buy the one I have yet to read.
April is an engaging, quick-witted, very likeable character who stumbles into what turns out to be an equally engaging mystery. This book is for 8- to 12-year-olds, and if I ever do get around to having a child, I'll be putting this in his/her bookshelf. It's also a refreshing departure from what is currently popular in children's or YA novels, in
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Tara Dawn (Colourful WordWench)
*Given in exchange for an honest review. My son read this and reviewed as part of his home school curriculum*

The main character is a 12 year old girl named April Oday who is a bat retriever for the baseball team the Harpoons. She has been seeing some strange things, including some shady people. The owner of the team and baseball field has been seeing them too. The owner's name is Mr. Haney. The shady people come and play baseball when it gets dark. The shady people are baseball players from the
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Rosi Hollinbeck
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Secret at Haney Field by R. M. Clark is a perfect mystery novel for middle-graders, third through fifth grades. The main character is 12-year-old April O'Day. Her real love is baseball,
and she really understands the game. When she wins a stint as bat retriever for the local minor league team, the Harpoons. She makes herself so invaluable with her great advice to the players, she is kept on through the summer. She even gets her best friend, Darren, a job retrieving bats for the visiting teams
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Reads A-Lot
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
In the beginning, the story had a Rookie of the Year feel—a kid playing pro baseball.


I was glad the hero that was so great at baseball was a girl—a plain, down-to-earth, tomboy of a girl. Perhaps the stats and technicalities of the game were a bit of a bore, but it was impressive to see a girl that was so knowledgeable about it (let’s face it: most of us aren’t.)


But then we get to the spooky part: ghosts? Could there be ghosts on that baseball field? Suddenly nostalgia hit me and I felt like I
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Danielle
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
April is a girl who loves baseball, or rather, a girl who is amazingly smart about baseball. She is smart and funny which makes her likable. But, her knowledge of the sport and its history is what really shines through about her.

When she discovers that Haney Field once hosted Negro League baseball back in the 1930’s and 40’s, she dives right in—even to the point of discovering a lasting mystery about the field, the owner of the team, and those players so long ago.

A joy to read for all ages, I wo
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Kell Andrews
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this book, and I'm so glad it's getting the readers it deserves.

April is an appealing character -- funny and smart, with encyclopedic baseball knowledge that makes her indispensable to her favorite minor league baseball team -- a dream come true for any young fan. The authentic baseball action goes right into the dugout, and April's wry voice reminds me of middle-grade reads from my childhood -- a perfect match for an eerie summer mystery with a sati
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Karyn Nadler
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
April O'Day spends her summer as a bat retriever for her local minor league team the Harpoons. She becomes indispensable to the team with her knowledge and stats of baseball. Mysterious things are happening at Haney Field. Can April and her best friend Darren figure out what is happening at night, once the lights are turned off? Quick read, holds your interest. World War II, Negro League baseball and history. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
For that small intersection of readers who like ghosts with their baseball. Not bad, but I had to move it to the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Category. Take a look if you have students interested in the Negro Leagues.
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