Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ballpark Mysteries continue to strike up the action

Ballpark Mysteries #2: The Pinstripe Ghost (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))After I read Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-up (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by David A. Kelly, I knew young readers would eat up this new series like a box of Crackerjack. And as soon as I got my hands on Ballpark Mysteries #2: The Pinstripe Ghost (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)), I knew I was right.

This time around, Mike and his cousin Kate are in the most famous ballpark in America--Yankee Stadium for a spring weekend series against the Seattle Mariners. But so is Mr. Robert Williams, the famous author of 'Ghosts in the Ballpark: A History of Haunted Baseball Stadiums and Super-natural Superstars.' Suddenly, everyone seems to be talking about the ghost of Babe Ruth and whether or not he'll show up this weekend. Mike and Kate are determined to find out and start unraveling clues as they begin to meet some of the characters hanging around the new stadium.

Just as in Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-up (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)), young readers will enjoy reading along as Mike and Kate don their super-sleuth caps and explore one of the world's most famous ballparks. Kelly weaves in just the right amount of interesting facts about the stadium and sets the scenes so well, you'll feel as though you're soaking up the sun and breathing in the smell of hot dogs and popcorn. Dugout Notes at the back of the book introduce young readers to 'The House that Ruth Built' and fun facts like how Babe Ruth sometimes liked to wear the same underwear for days because he didn't feel like changing it. Now these are the facts every young Yankee fan should know!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 22, 2011)
ISBN-10: 037586704X
ISBN-13: 978-0375867040
Source of review copy: Publisher
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