The Astro Outlaw (Ballpark Mysteries #4)

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The Astro Outlaw (Ballpark Mysteries #4)
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Release Date
February 28, 2012
ISBN
978-0375868832
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Now batting clean-up—book #4 in a new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

Houston, we have a problem! Before a game at the Astros' ballpark, Mike and Kate get to meet astronaut commander Nick Rice at the nearby Houston Space Center. He's planning to display a very rare moonrock at an autographing event later. But just before the event, a nefarious outlaw knocks out the commander and steals the moonrock! Can Mike and Kate figure out who did it . . . when their only clue is a broken green feather?

The Astro Outlaw includes a fun act page about the Houston Astros' stadium with trivia about the train on the outfield wall and the homerun gas pump.

Cross Ron Roy's A to Z Mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed at the younger brothers and sisters of John Feinstein's fans.

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I'm a huge baseball fan, so I was excited that I got the opportunity to read this book. I haven't read the first three books in the series but I didn't feel like I missed anything. There are a lot of great baseball facts in this book. There is information about the game, including the hidden ball trick, and then at the end there is a special section called Dugout Notes that features information about the Astros' ballpark.

If you have a young baseball fan in your house, this would be the perfect book to use to start transitioning to chapter books. I think your young readers will enjoy figuring out Mike and Kate's mystery of "Who stole the moon rock?" I look forward to reading and sharing the other books in this series with my own child. I hope there is a Ballpark Mystery at Busch Stadium in the future!
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Perfect for a young baseball fan
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