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Author: John Feinstein Narrator: John Feinstein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sports Beat Series Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9780739336595
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New York City. The U.S. Open.

With 128 athletes competing in dozens of matches for millions in prize money, you expect drama. You expect blistering serves, smashed returns, and sliced shots that kiss the line. You do not expect kidnapping.

But Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson can’t come up with any other explanation. These two aspiring sportswriters were sitting in the press box, amazed at their luck in scoring media credentials to cover the tournament. Like everyone else, they were eagerly awaiting the first-round match of the hot, new Russian phenom–Nadia Symanova. She was young, glamorous, and talented enough to win it all. But she never made it on court. Somehow, on the short walk from the locker rooms to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the most-watched player in tennis simply vanished.

The media frenzy is staggering. Everyone’s looking for Nadia. Can two eighth-grade rookies really hope to scoop the pros? Well, they’re certainly going to try! And as they chase down the mystery, they’ll get a crash course in what a sweet racket the game of tennis can be. . . Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Veteran sportswriter Feinstein serves a winner here, deftly blending sports, mystery, and social commentary. The prose is taut, the dialogue snappy, and layers of intrigue are laid down like expert drop shots. The mystery will hold readers to the very end, culminating in an exciting match and surprise arrests.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Feinstein expertly combines tennis action, life in the Big Apple, media coverage, and a realistic plot to explore the fierce competition of tennis. Chicago Sun-Times
  • “The mystery maintains a genuine level of suspense throughout the story.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Feinstein expertly combines tennis action, life in the Big Apple, media coverage, and a realistic plot to explore the fierce competition of tennis.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 2/9/2014

    " This is written by the same author as "Last Shot", and features the same young protagonists, Stevie and Susan Carol. This time they are reporting on the U.S. Open, and get involved in a mystery surrounding the kidnapping of a beautiful and talented Russian player. Could Susan Carol's beloved uncle be involved? You don't need to love tennis to like this book, and you will certainly find out a bit about what goes on behind the scenes of an international tournament. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 2/3/2014

    " I'll admit right up front I didn't finish this book. I was afraid if I had to witness Stevie and Susan Carol get introduced to one more person, my head would explode. The book got off to a very slow start, and it was made even worse by extraneous details foisted on the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nanci | 2/3/2014

    " Cute mystery involving 2 teenage aspiring sportswriters and the US Open. I think any young mystery fans will enjoy this. The mystery was back and forth and you think you know who did it and then you aren't so sure and then there is a surprise twist at the end. The bonus to Feinstein's series is that it might attract guys and girls who are into sports and don't love to read. They can get their reading pages done and talk sports as well. I would recommend this to kids 4th-9th grade. I think kids older than that will want a little more suspense and sophistication. I listened to the audio book and the author does a nice job of narrating. I do like the professional narrators a little better but Feinstein does well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jrahill1 | 1/31/2014

    " This is a book about this famous tennis player who vanishes, and these two kids try to find out the mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/4/2014

    " I really like this one, its a mystery about a kidnapping, and tennis fans will love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/23/2013

    " A great book for sports lovers and mystery lovers alike. Gave me a lot of insight into sports and the managers and how they will do almost anything for publicity... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dora | 12/13/2013

    " Fun mystery, not quite as good as the next one (I'm not reading them in order because at least one is checked out right now. Charming, interesting characters; not quite as much background (I think) as Cover Up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/8/2013

    " Eighth graders Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are aspiring sports writers. While covering the U. S. Open, their inquisitive nature puts them right in the middle of a mystery when Russian tennis star Nadia Symanova goes missing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasmina | 11/18/2013

    " I thought it was a really fun mysterious book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/1/2013

    " Amazing! I loved this one because I love to play tennis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 4/27/2013

    " I thought that this was a good book for anyone who likes sports. It was interesting and very suspenseful. I always wondered what was going to happen next. It is a mystery and is part of a series. You should read the first book in this series "Last Shot" before reading this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theo | 1/11/2013

    " I love it! This is an incredible book. you think it is going one way and the SHOOMP! It goes the other. this is one of the best mysteries ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/26/2012

    " This was a good book about Susan Carol and Stevie going to the U.S. OPEN! I enjoyed it very much and it was a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gunther | 11/17/2012

    " pretty good lots of action "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 11/4/2012

    " In the middle of reading it but it's a good mystery right from the start when the tennis player gets kidnapped "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 6/25/2012

    " really good lots of exciting things happening!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodie | 3/11/2012

    " This is the book that I'm reading for that English project that's due on the either 26th or 27th. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 2/6/2012

    " Loved it! Stevie and Susan Carol are back to stop a kidnapping plot! Better than it's prequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 7/16/2011

    " it has a really fun and fast pace feeling to it! the ending is really cute and even better it is only the second book in a 3 book series so there is one more book to enjoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/2/2011

    " In the middle of reading it but it's a good mystery right from the start when the tennis player gets kidnapped "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 4/13/2011

    " This was a good book about Susan Carol and Stevie going to the U.S. OPEN! I enjoyed it very much and it was a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/24/2011

    " Eighth graders Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are aspiring sports writers. While covering the U. S. Open, their inquisitive nature puts them right in the middle of a mystery when Russian tennis star Nadia Symanova goes missing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theo | 2/3/2011

    " I love it! This is an incredible book. you think it is going one way and the SHOOMP! It goes the other. this is one of the best mysteries ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 1/2/2011

    " Not quite the page-turner that Feinstein's first book in the series, Last Shot, is, but kids who liked Last Shot will still want to read this book about Stevie and Susan Carol investigating the disappearance of a player at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 12/7/2010

    " Feinstein isn't the greatest reader of his own stuff, but he's pretty good. Another enjoyable look into an inner sanctum of sports, this time Wimbledon.

    This one is a young adult book and the two kids at the center of things are very likable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/17/2010

    " Amazing! I loved this one because I love to play tennis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 6/28/2009

    " it has a really fun and fast pace feeling to it! the ending is really cute and even better it is only the second book in a 3 book series so there is one more book to enjoy! "

About the Author

John Feinstein is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of nonfiction, including Moment of Glory, Are You Kidding Me?, Living on the Black, Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, and others. He has also written sports-mystery novels for young readers. He writes for the Washington Post, Golf Digest, Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis magazine, Basketball America, and is a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.