Catch all the “Ballpark Mysteries!” The series of seven chapter books for boys and girls age six to 10 was a new addition to the Children’s Fiction Collection at the Abington Community Library this past week. In the stories, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins find themselves with puzzles to solve at major ballparks around the country. The series is written by David A. Kelly.
“The Fenway Foul-Up.” During batting practice, the lucky bat that belongs to Big D, the star slugger of the Boston Red Sox, is stolen and without it, Big D can’t seem to hit a thing. Will Kate and Mike figure out who stole the bat before the Sox chalk up a loss?
“The Pinstripe Ghost.” Mike and Kate are headed to Yankee Stadium for three whole days. When they arrive, they hear a strange rumor: Babe Ruth’s ghost is haunting the new stadium. Is the Babe searching for his missing locker?
“The L. A. Dodger.” Kate’s dad is a baseball scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike and Kate are flying to visit him during spring break.
However, they discover that strange things have been happening to Mr. Hopkins: his computer has been stolen, he’s received threatening phone calls, and he’s being followed! Is someone after his top-secret scouting reports?
“The Astro Outlaw.” Mike and Kate are in Houston for an Astros game. They meet Commander Nicholas Rice, an astronaut scheduled to throw out the first pitch. When it’s time, though, he never shows up: someone knocked him out, tied him up and stole a very rare moon rock.
“The All-Star Joker.” Mike and Kate are at the All-Star Game in Kansas City where they meet Andy, whose dad, Josh Robinson is an all-star catcher. Someone, however, is playing practical jokes on the other players and the coach is sure it’s Josh. Can the cousins find out who would want to frame him and why?
“The Wrigley Riddle.” Are the rumors true about a treasure hidden under the ivy on the famed ivy-covered walls at the Chicago Cub’s historic ballpark? Who would want to sabotage the stadium by ripping away the ivy or is someone trying to curse the Cubs?
“The San Francisco Splash.” Mike and Kate are visiting the Giant’s ballpark, having fun in kayaks in San Francisco Bay. Minutes after a hit flies into the Bay, there is another splash as an old-time ballplayer goes overboard. When he’s pulled from the water, he discovers that his World Series ring is gone. Is it at the bottom of the Bay or was it stolen by an old rival?