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

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"New York Times" bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein takes readers behind the scenes at the World Series in this exciting baseball mystery.
When teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the World Series, the talk of the tournament is Norbert Doyle--a late call-up for an underdog team. But the more they learn about him, the more conflicting storie
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jake Damphousse
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book I have been reading for that past few months is called ‘Change Up’ by: John Feinstein. This book is about two young kids 14-year-old reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol who take time out of school to to go to go to the World Series for baseball. Stevie Thomas one of the reporters ends up talking to one of the pitchers from one of the teams. Pitchers name is Norbert Doyle, Doyle has been in the minor league for years and ends up making his first ever appearance in the World Series. ...more
Tom Gase
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Michael Girardin
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
this was a very nice book it was very sweet and i always read it at night whenever i had times i never wanted to put this book down
Brendan McClure
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Ben Stafford
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Change-Up, written by John Feinstein, is a book following Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol as the try to uncover the dark history of up-and-coming pitcher Norbert Doyle. When Stevie has to write a story about Norbert Doyle, he goes to Lynchburg, Virginia to find out what happened the night that Analiese Doyle died. Stevie soon finds out that Norbert covered up that he was responsible for killing his wife. After realizing this would ruin Norbert’s career, Stevie has to decide whether to release the ...more
Alex Huang
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book change Up by John Feinstein is a sports mystery. because there is a story behind one of the players and Stevie Thomas and Susan carol Anderson and on the case. Stevie and Susan carol are 14 year old reporters for the Daily Herald they write in the kids sports section. And the were asked to cover the World Series. While covering the World Series they find out a secret about one of the player and his name is Norbert Doyle.They find out about an accident killing the players wife and Stevie ...more
Owen Schoen
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love sports, journalism, and mystery then this book is perfect to you. This book contains a fiction where talented kids can operate with complete freedom in the adult world. It has the perfect mix of lies and deception with the action of the World Series. It has loads of suspenseful scenes, thought-provoking events, and the perfect amount of family. This book explains perfectly the line of where journalism ends and privacy begins by uncovering the truth behind a pitchers Cinderella story. ...more
Levi Boyer
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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!
Nathan H
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for sports and mystery lovers. This book gives an even balance for both, and does not disappoint the reader. John Feinstein does it again.
Matteo Mwemba
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the way he continues the story of Stevie and Susan Carol throughout their reporting.
Hudson Horn
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Book
Carson Niehaus
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was really interesting and I didn’t know what to expect before reading this but I am glad I did. It is a fun book to read.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a really good book that kept me interested and made me keep reading.
Mikah Goeppner
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting book with many twists and turns. If you love sport, like me, you will enjoy this book.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Freshman Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol excited for what could change the world of baseball. If the Washington Nationals were to win the World Series. As say a journalist Stevie has to conquer school grades and accomplish his dreams. As a journalist he puts down the very little details of the game and turns it into awesomeness. Though he might have to put up with Susan Carol. But what John Feinstein does in this book is incredible. He uses those little, tiny, small, microscopic details to make ev ...more
Kyle Conley
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is good because I love baseball and it gets intense
Owen M
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
"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
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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 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good with a lot of changing events.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Josh Underwood
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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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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