CHANGE-UP by John Feinstein


Mystery at the World Series
Age Range: 12 - 14
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Fourteen-year-old sports columnists Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson begin freshman year with a close-up look at a dramatic wild-card National League Championship final and then at the World Series between Boston and Washington, D.C. When a player who’s come up from the minors in a late-season trade pitches a near no-hitter in game two, the mystery and personal tragedy in his past become the story Stevie pursues. Feinstein trots out an array of familiar personalities and offers a look at the way that the players, Major League Baseball and the media interact. He winks editorially about everything and everyone from Tony Kornheiser to the deficiencies in the new Nationals stadium. But the dogged running to earth of the pitcher’s story is the real focus, far more than the game of baseball, which is seen only in glimpses. While Stevie and Susan Carol’s unlimited freedom stretches credulity more than a bit and nuanced relationships and glimpses of dugout grit are in short supply, fans of the series will enjoy another inside scoop. (Mystery. 12-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 11th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-375-85636-5
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2009


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