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Ballpark Mysteries Super Special #2: Christmas in Cooperstown Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-22 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0399551921
LANGUAGE:English

" Once again I enjoyed another book in David's series....I read it with a 9th grader I tutor who is a struggling reader both in skill and in desire to read-yet he loves baseball and this series! It had all the elements of a mystery-suspects, clues, and even a red herring:) " said.

"Mike and Kate belong to a club called Cooperstown Cares. They participate in food, clothing and toy drives. They’ve spent the day at the Hall of Fame wrapping Christmas presents and witness a security guard hiding something suspicious behind a wrapped box. The group had been invited to sleep over at the Hall of Fame. While exploring the museum on their own, Mike discovers that a Honus Wagner card might be a fake. The mystery begins when the kids start to hunt down the real missing card.

Author David A. Kelly has created an interesting story that revolves around baseball trivia and fun facts. Readers who are baseball enthusiasts will enjoy the characters and solving the mystery. The back pages of the book have dug out notes which provide readers with even more insight into the Hall of Fame exhibits. Parents and teachers can use this guide as a read-a-aloud for more discussion. This is also a great fast paced read for any reluctant reader.
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"Cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins love solving mysteries, so when they discover a vintage baseball card has been stolen from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, they are on the case. The list of suspects is short, but catching the thief with evidence proves a challenge. They’ll have to use every trick they know to return the purloined card back where it belongs.

Christmas in Cooperstown by David A. Kelly is just the kind of mystery that’s great for young readers aged 6 to 9. The young protagonists are never in true danger as they use their wits to solve a crime. Part of the Ballpark Mystery series, the story is followed by real information about the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the invention of baseball. There’s also a recipe for muffins made with blueberries and chocolate chips. The combination of fiction, nonfiction, and a recipe should satisfy lots of readers.

Easy-to-read chapters and cute illustrations by Mark Meyers keep kids turning pages and having fun while building reading skills. There are lots of titles in the whole series, and the stories are likely to be read more than once as kids revisit clues in the story.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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"Cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins are happy to volunteer to help wrap presents for needy children at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. To add to the fun, there’s pizza for dinner, exploring the museum without any other visitors and a special thank you sleepover for all the volunteers. Not only that, Kate and Mike’s old friend Big D, star hitter for the Boston Red Sox, also shows up with his friend, Jordan, a documentary film maker. But while exploring the museum, Mike discovers that the most expensive baseball card, the Honus Wagner issued in 1909 and worth more than $2,000,000., is a fake and the real one is missing. Big D and Jordan had been looking at the valuable card earlier, but could they, would they be so bold as to take the original Honus Wagner and replace it with the fake one? And what about other suspects? After all, Mr. Owen, the director of the Hall of Fame, had been the one to show them the card, and so was Grace, a volunteer there. This was a fun book to read with my kids, even though I’m not much of a baseball aficionado, but we all liked the baseball history, trivia, and fun facts sprinkled throughout and at the back of the book, and I am definitely going to try the included recipe for “Mike’s All-Star Blue Chip Muffins” which sound delicious. My kids are a little young to really appreciate a book about baseball, but not too young to read about kids solving mysteries, and as you can see by some their choices, they are really beginning to get into them." said.

"September 26th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers

Mike and Kate are at the Baseball Hall of Fame wrapping presents for a local charity. One of the organizers of the event, Grace, is also trying to get funding for a new community building where children can spend time but also get access to important social services. The wrapping party turns into a sleepover at the Hall of Fame, and when Mike and Kate do some after hours snooping, they find out that the rare Honus Wagner baseball card in the museum display is actually a fake! Mysteries are right up their strike zone, so they start to look for clues and possible suspects. These range from a famous baseball player who visited the museum to a photographer, but the real culprit turns out to be someone that they were not expecting!
Strengths: Filled with lots of interesting information about baseball history as well as preparations for Christmas, this super special is a power hitter that will leave readers waiting for the next Ballpark Mystery on-deck. I especially liked all of the historical notes at the back, and loved that Mike was able to determine that the Wagner card was a fake with his flashlight. It's also great to see Kate and Mike work together.
Weaknesses: Mike and Kate are shown wearing proper pajamas at the museum overnight event. Do tweens wear actual pajamas anymore? They'd be more likely to wear workout gear, but since I think proper pajamas are a good idea, maybe Meyers should also have put them in robes!
What I really think: These are quick, fun reads for elementary or struggling middle school readers. I would LOVE for Kelly to write a similar series with basketball or football, since those sports books are definitely more in demand. My theory is that people who like baseball are just smarter and more inclined to read books!
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" Once again I enjoyed another book in David's series....I read it with a 9th grader I tutor who is a struggling reader both in skill and in desire to read-yet he loves baseball and this series! It had all the elements of a mystery-suspects, clues, and even a red herring:) " said.

"Mike and Kate belong to a club called Cooperstown Cares. They participate in food, clothing and toy drives. They’ve spent the day at the Hall of Fame wrapping Christmas presents and witness a security guard hiding something suspicious behind a wrapped box. The group had been invited to sleep over at the Hall of Fame. While exploring the museum on their own, Mike discovers that a Honus Wagner card might be a fake. The mystery begins when the kids start to hunt down the real missing card.

Author David A. Kelly has created an interesting story that revolves around baseball trivia and fun facts. Readers who are baseball enthusiasts will enjoy the characters and solving the mystery. The back pages of the book have dug out notes which provide readers with even more insight into the Hall of Fame exhibits. Parents and teachers can use this guide as a read-a-aloud for more discussion. This is also a great fast paced read for any reluctant reader.
" said.

"Cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins love solving mysteries, so when they discover a vintage baseball card has been stolen from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, they are on the case. The list of suspects is short, but catching the thief with evidence proves a challenge. They’ll have to use every trick they know to return the purloined card back where it belongs.

Christmas in Cooperstown by David A. Kelly is just the kind of mystery that’s great for young readers aged 6 to 9. The young protagonists are never in true danger as they use their wits to solve a crime. Part of the Ballpark Mystery series, the story is followed by real information about the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the invention of baseball. There’s also a recipe for muffins made with blueberries and chocolate chips. The combination of fiction, nonfiction, and a recipe should satisfy lots of readers.

Easy-to-read chapters and cute illustrations by Mark Meyers keep kids turning pages and having fun while building reading skills. There are lots of titles in the whole series, and the stories are likely to be read more than once as kids revisit clues in the story.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
" said.

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