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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David A. Kelly Narrator: Marc Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ballpark Mysteries Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9780449010792
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Now leading off the line-up—book number one in an early chapter book mystery series, where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

Thanks to Kate’s mom, a sports reporter, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have tickets to the Red Sox game and all-access passes to Fenway Park. But as they’re watching batting practice before the game, the lucky bat of Red Sox star slugger Big D is stolen … right in front of dozens of people. Without the bat, Big D can’t seem to hit a thing. Can Kate and Mike figure out who pinched the bat before Big D and the Sox chalk up a loss?

The Fenway Foul-Up includes a fun-fact page about Boston’s Fenway Park.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Folding information about Fenway Park and its colorful history into the tale, Kelly also artfully slips in simple red herrings along with real clues to the thief’s identity and the bat’s whereabouts that sharper readers may pick up before the young detectives do...Leading off a formulaic series that will take Mike and Kate to baseball parks around the major leagues, this book should draw baseball fans as well as budding whodunit aficionados. Booklist

  • A new series for emerging chapter-book readers combines the allure of baseball parks with the challenge of solving a mystery...Historical details about Fenway Park, including the secret code found on the manual scoreboard, a look at Wally the mascot and a peek into the gift shop, will keep the young baseball fan reading. Kirkus Reviews
  • "Kelly throws in plenty of behind-the-scenes Fenway Park trivia (both in the story and in an appendix) and keeps the story moving at a quick pace, which should easily hold baseball-lovers' attention. Publisher's Weekly
  • ...should score with the series chapter-book gang, particularly kids who enjoy the blend of fiction and information that keeps the Magic Tree House thriving. There are a couple of sly misdirections to please beginner mystery readers, some Fenway-specific trivia to intrigue nonfiction readers, and the promise of the entire gamut of major-league baseball stadiums yet to visit for those continuing with the series. A scattering of black-and-white pictures and appended “Dugout Notes” extend the fun. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • ...Any 6- 9 year old baseball fan would step to the plate and devour this book like a box of Crackerjacks! Kelly intersperses the perfect mix of sports action, crime-solving and facts about Fenway Park. Examiner.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke "Bob" | 1/3/2014

    " This is a good mystery. It kept me guessing till almost the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie Dyer | 12/12/2013

    " I loved Fenway Foul-Up! I liked it because I like the Boston Red Sox and I like baseball. This book is good for 6-8 year olds! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Payton | 11/23/2013

    " It was very surprising that people tried to sell his bat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Egan Smith | 11/10/2013

    " David Kelly really gets the reader interested in the book by thinking ," What's gonna happen next?" and read the next chapter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Dean | 11/2/2013

    " Cute mystery, and I like how the Yawkey Morse Code was incorporated into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/3/2013

    " Was reading them with my son he likes them a lot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Raymond | 9/24/2013

    " I received this cute early reader mystery about two kids who solve the mystery of the star Red Sox player's stolen bat as an ARC. Excellent for what it is, not much else to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Fabiano | 7/27/2013

    " Great baseball mystery for the early reader! Set in Fenway Park so Red Sox fans will love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tate Rytky | 6/28/2013

    " Ha ha, perfect for this household! Cute story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin Rousu | 6/8/2013

    " Mediocre early chapter book mystery for 6-9 yo baseball fans. Fills a niche. Good baseball details. Not a home run, but a solid single. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ratforcekids | 5/23/2013

    " First in the Ballpark Mystery series, each of these early chapter books is set in a different American ballpark. Great for beginning readers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/30/2013

    " Entertaining early chapter book in which a resourceful girl and boy solve the mystery of who took star hitter Big D's lucky bat right before the big game. My children would give it five stars, I'm sure! We're all looking forward to reading the next installments in this new series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vance Bryce | 1/30/2013

    " If you like the magic tree house and you love baseball then you will like the ballpark mysteries. Not only are Mike and Kate great detectives, but you learn a lot about baseball history, too. In the first of this series, learn about Fenway Park and the Green monster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/14/2013

    " Well-written with enough clues given that the reader has a chance to solve the mystery on their own. Only two problems with The Fenway Foul-up - ballplayers don't have lucky bats. Bats break too often for that. Second problem - the Red Sox win. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Wiswell | 12/24/2012

    " Great book for young fans. Enough truth so that they learn about the game and the history of the park. Characters are very realistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/15/2012

    " My son and I enjoyed trying to solve this baseball mystery. "

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About the Author

David A. Kelly is a former Little League right fielder. These days, he lives fifteen minutes from Fenway Park in Newton, Massachusetts. David has written many sports books for children, including Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse and the Ballpark Mysteries series.

About the Narrator

Marc Cashman is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration. His voice has also been heard locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on radio, television, film, documentaries, radio plays, and video games.