Thursday, July 10, 2014


Twelve-year-old April O'Day's summer has gotten off to a flying start. As the new bat retriever for the Harpoons, her hometown's minor league team, she's fetching bats and doling out great advice to players and coaches alike. In a word, she's becoming indispensable. But mysterious things are happening at Haney Field, which April and her best friend - and fellow baseball enthusiast - Darren Plummer are determined to uncover. As they quickly learn, this is no ordinary season. In fact, it's a whole new ball game.

My thoughts: In the beginning, the story had a Rookie of the Year feel—a kid playing pro baseball.

I was glad the hero that was so great at baseball was a girl—a plain, down-to-earth, tomboy of a girl. Perhaps the stats and technicalities of the game were a bit of a bore, but it was impressive to see a girl that was so knowledgeable about it (let’s face it: most of us aren’t.)

But then we get to the spooky part: ghosts? Could there be ghosts on that baseball field? Suddenly nostalgia hit me and I felt like I was reading a Goosebumps book with the mystery wind and shadow players. Weird!

Overall, the book was well-written for the 8-12 age range, and the story was okay.

My rating: 3 stars

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