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The Fenway Foul-Up (Ballpark Mysteries #1)

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Now leading off the line-up—book #1 in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

Thanks to Kate's mom, a sports reporter, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have tickets to the Red Sox game and All Access passes to Fenway Park. But as they're watching batting practice before the game, the lucky bat of Red Sox st
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Random House Children's Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Connor read this to me and it was great! Especially because he liked it so much!
Jeff Raymond
I received this cute early reader mystery about two kids who solve the mystery of the star Red Sox player's stolen bat as an ARC. Excellent for what it is, not much else to say.
Cathy Austin
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A chapter book that is ideal for summer reading, I mean, it's a baseball story and the key characters are cousins, Kate and Mike.
The fan fave batter for the Red Sox, Big D, has lost his lucky bat, in fact, it's been stolen! Right after batting practice!
Mike and Kate, a dynamic duo of sleuths, are on the case.
Dialogue is pretty authentic, setting--Fenway--is spot on and the clues and logic the cousins run through is solid and keeps the reader wondering and figuring it out along with them.
The first book in the Ballpark Mystery series. It takes place at Fenway Park in Boston and Big D's baseball bat has been stolen during batting practice and Mike and Kate attempt to figure who might have stolen it. At the end of the book are some various facts about Fenway Park. I found it interesting that a mystery book that is geared for 2-4th graders had a "red herring" in it. I would recommend this series to any child, who is transitioning from easy (early) reader books to chapter books, espe ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
If a student is into baseball, then this series would be good. They go to different stadiums and watch different teams, and solve a mystery while they talk baseball. It had good illustrations and dialogue.

I read this because I received 10 of them for my class library. I wanted to know what they were about since I'd never read them. I like baseball so it was interesting.
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
a quick easy read.
Bonnie Ainsworth
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize this was a children's mystery series till I started to read it. Still, I'm enjoying it. Already on the third book in the series.
very cute story
Kate Puleo Unger
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books-read
I can't remember where I heard about this series, but I thought it might be of interest to Christopher since he's pretty into baseball right now. The story is about two cousins - Kate and Mike - and their trip to Fenway park. The star Red Sox player's bat has been stolen during batting practice, and the kids are determined to solve the mystery. The clues were pretty obvious to me, but Christopher didn't figure it out. I loved the suspense. It helped hold his attention.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nicholas's review:

I enjoyed reading this book. It kept me interested and I loved the characters. I can't wait to read more in the series. Would recommend to my baseball loving friends.
Sweet on Books
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reader-jr, melissa-y
• Ballpark Mysteries are a great addition to the early chapter books currently out there.
• Author David A. Kelly is definitely filling a need for more sports books for newly independent readers.
• Mysteries set in sports venues makes a combination guaranteed to work for young boys and sports-oriented girls.
Kate Hopkins and Mike Walsh have accompanied Kate's mom to Fenway Park for a Boston Red Sox game against the Oakland A's. During batting practic
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
It looks like the Ballpark Mysteries is a great series in the making by David A Kelly. Geared toward young readers, the series features cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins who are huge baseball fans. Kate's mom is a sports reporter for a popular website, American Sportz, and she scores some "All Access" passes for a Red Sox vs. Oakland A's game. The kids can explore the park during warmups, including hanging out in the press box. Things get interesting when Red Sox superstar "Big D" realizes som ...more
Jessica Maynard
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-commercial
If you like mysteries and baseball this is the book for you! The Fenway Foul-Up is the first book in the Ballpark Mysteries. Cousins Mike and Kate are watching batting practice before the Red-Sox game at Fenway Park and the lucky bat of the superstar Red Sox player Big D is stolen. WIthout his bat, Big D can't hit the ball and the Red Sox are in danger of losing the game. Mike and Kate set out to solve the mystery of who stole the bat to save the game for the Red-Sox. While finding clues as to w ...more
Bath Book Shop
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good start to a new early reader series. This one is set, as the title implies, at Fenway Park, which means that the series was already off to a great start. Kelly features cousins Mike and Kate, which should help the series appeal to both boy and girl readers. The mystery itself was clever, reminding me a little of Encyclopedia Brown, one of my childhood favorites.

I can see this series being popular with grade school teachers working with reluctant readers, always a plus.

Full disclosure: I wo
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, easy-reader, jf
What do you get when you cross Ron Roy's mystery books and Matt Christopher's sports books? The new Ballpark Mysteries series. Each book takes place within a different ballpark and has dugout notes at the end filled with interesting facts about the stadium. In this particular book, friends Mike and Kate have all access passes to Fenway Park. During batting practice, Big D's, the star hitter of the Red Sox, lucky bat gets stolen...without it, Big D goes from hero to zero. Can Mike and Kate help d ...more
Victoria Whipple
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a nice, easy read for young mystery or baseball fans. Two cousins travel to Fenway Park with their reporter mother/aunt while she covers a game. The cousins find out that before the game, the lucky bat of "Big D" is stolen. Of course these curious kids want to figure out the mystery and help Big D and the Red Sox. There is enough baseball here to interest baseball fans--they will see the parallels of the fictional players with real players--and a good mystery to interest mystery fans. Th ...more
Evaluating short chapter books, those for early independent readers is tricky - the text can't be too complex, but if it's too simple it feels babyish and the kids don't want to read it. I felt like this one fell on the 'too easy, too young' side of the spectrum, which isn't a strike against it, necessarily, but it wasn't what I expected. I guess I was looking for a little bit more - more characterization, specifically. The plot and mystery were very appropriate for younger readers, and I just f ...more
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was good. They were trying to during batting practice before a game, someone lost a bat - it was stolen. It was a very famous baseball players bat on the Red Sox team. You could buy some of his bats, but they weren't real ones. Then they thought they knew the person, but they didn't. Then they realized it was someone who took photos of the game. Then they told the batboy. At the end they found the bat. Then the Red Sox wanted to thank them so they gave them a tour of the dugout. Mike, one of ...more
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 1st-3rd grade sports fans
When young readers start to read independently, one of their favorite genres to explore is mystery. The Ballpark Mysteries series looks like a good choice especially for sports fans. This first installment takes place at Fenway Park where cousins Mike and Kate are on hand when the star slugger's bat goes missing. Enough clues are provided so that readers may figure out what happened to the bat, but there are red herrings as well to keep readers guessing. Fun facts about Fenway Park are included ...more
Lorraine Der
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grades-2-3
Library Catalog

Each book features a new mystery in the Ballpark Mystery series is set in a different ballpark. Here at our beloved Fenway, our heroes Mike Walsh and cousin Kate Hopkins, become involved in the disappearance of star player Big D’s lucky baseball bat. Can they figure out who the culprit is? The Fenway Foul-Up includes a fun fact page about Boston's Fenway Park.
Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Reading Level: Grades 2-4

The first book in the Ballpark Mysteries series features the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox season is jeopardized when their star slugger's lucky bat is stolen right after batting practice. When no one else can find the bat cousins Mike and Kate decide to save the day.

If you enjoyed this baseball mystery try:

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball by David Adler and

The Missing Mitt by Franklin Dixon

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Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mike and Kate are at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, before a game. They are watching Big D, one of Boston's most popular players, take batting practice. When Big D's favorite bat goes missing and a ransom is requested, there are a whole lot of suspects around: the guy with the Yankees cap, the bat boy, the photographer, even the team mascot could have been involved. Mike and Kate begin to investigate in hopes of finding the culprit before the end of the game. A good first mystery for y ...more
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fast read (for me) and a good kick-off to the Ballpark Mysteries series. Each story appears to be set in a different ballpark. This first tale, about a missing bat, is set in Boston's Fenway Park. The lead characters, Mike and Kate, are cousins, who have traveled from their home in Cooperstown, NY to Boston with Kate's mom, a reporter.

At the end of this book is a section called Dugout Notes. Here, you will find some interesting information -- baseball terms and definitions, information about
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a nice early chapter book for young reader interested in mysteries. Especially great for baseball fans, this series will be set in different major league ballparks. This particular mystery is set in Fenway Park where a famous Boston Red Sox player's favorite bat goes missing. The solution to the mystery seemed fairly obvious to me, but my boys didn't pick up on it until the end. My five-year old especially liked this one.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cinco
The Fenway Foul-Up was about some kids who find out who stole Big D's bat. Big D is the greatest player on the team. My favorite part is when the kids find out who took the bat. They followed clues to figure out what happened to the bat. My favorite character was the boy named Mike. I like him because he likes baseball like me. I think other boys and girls and some grown-ups would like this book. This is a good book to read in the summer.

Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
A mystery for young sports fans. Set in Fenway Park Big D's lucky bat is missing--will Mike and Kate solve the mystery (in time for the Red Sox to win the game?) Bits of Fenway trivia, and loosely disguised players will make this fun for fans, and newly independent readers. A Massachusetts Children's Book Award nominee this year, it felt too young for the grade 4-6 target audience. Third graders will eat it up.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book a lot. It will be a hit with young readers who love baseball, no doubt about that. There were great clues scattered around and a good red herring. However, I miss the beautiful literature that comes from other writers - word choices and sentence structures that make it fun to read the book even for an adult. A book can be easy to read, and still be a masterpiece. This book misses the mark on that score. It's a double rather than a homerun!
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
These are great mysteries for my second grade son. He loves learning about baseball while hearing a mystery. They are a lot like the A-Z Mysteries which he devoured. We will be listening to all of these in the car and I am buying a set for my intermediate school library for some of my lower readers.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the books I found about baseball, that also had a girl in it. It's in a series of books with a mystery, that is solved by two friends, a boy and a girl. I learned some things about Fenway Park. The kids had the run of Fenway, while the girls mother was working as a sports writer.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the story was excellent. The story was about Mike and Kate going to Boston to see a Boston Red Sox game. Mike and Kate were watching batting practice before the Boston Red Sox game. Big D, the famous baseball player, had his bat stolen after batting practice. Mike and Kate work to help Big D get his bat back.
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David A. Kelly is an established book, magazine, and newspaper writer who has written for a wide variety of outlets, including: Author, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse, Random House, Spring, 2009, Ballpark Mystery Series, Random House, Spring, 2011; Contributor, The New York Times "Practical Guide to Practically Everything";- Travel writer, New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Post, Chicago Sun ...more
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