Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Ballpark Mysteries returns with The Astro Outlaw

Mike Walsh and his cousin Kate Hopkins are back in book 4 of THE BALLPARK MYSTERIES, THE ASTRO OUTLAW. I'm a huge fan of this series because it incorporates sports, crime-solving, and facts young readers will eat up.

In THE ASTRO OUTLAW, it's spring break and Mike and Kate are in Houston, Texas. Not only do they get a VIP tour of NASA's Johnson Space Center, but they're also headed for an Astros' game. Commander Rice, an astronaut who gives them a tour of the Space Center will also be at the game with a real moon rock on display. However, when it comes time for him to step on the field, he's missing. That's when Mike and Kate step in to figure out what happened.

Just like the other books in this series, young crime-solvers will eat up this mystery and enjoy solving the crime. Not only that, but they'll learn some history--for example, did you know Union Station was Houston's biggest train station and now it's the main entrance to the Astro's ballpark?  Dugout Notes in the back also provide some fun facts and again, the illustrations by Mark Meyers bring the story to life. Seems as though Kelly has hit it out of the park yet again!

Learn more about THE BALLPARK MYSTERIES at the official website, read my interview with David A. Kelly, and check out my reviews of:
Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-up
Ballpark Mysteries #2: The Pinstripe Ghost

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 28, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0375868836
ISBN-13: 978-0375868832
Source of review copy: author

Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.

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