Parents' Guide to

Ballpark Mysteries Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Bro and sis solve fun mysteries in major-league ballparks.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Good Combo Mystery/Baseball

A chapter book about a mystery that would interest young readers who like baseball. A bat is missing and Mike and Kate must find it. This book is part of a series of the Ballpark Mysteries.

Is It Any Good?

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This is a surprisingly good series; the mysteries aren't formulaic, the vocabulary and lessons are simple -- great for readers of early chapter books -- and the stories are fun. The mysteries aren't always about a lost item or a crime; sometimes they're more about figuring out the best way to help someone. From kayaks in McCovey Cove (at San Francisco's AT&T Park) to a carousel in Detroit to a hotel inside the ballpark in Toronto and more, the cool aspects of each ballpark are fun parts of each story, and trivia buffs will dig into all the details.

The Ballpark Mysteries Series effortlessly normalizes gender equality: Kate's mom being a female sports reporter is never called out, she's simply going to work and bringing Kate and Mike along, and Kate and Mike love baseball equally. It's refreshing when equality is normal, and girls who often feel that baseball books are written for boys will likely feel differently about these.

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