The Edmond Sun

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June 25, 2013

6-25 Books

Good reads

EDMOND — ‘BALLPARK MYSTERIES: THE SAN

FRANCISCO SPLASH’

BY DAVID A. KELLY

The seventh book in the Ballpark Mysteries series, “The San Francisco Splash,” includes pages of fun facts about San Francisco’s recently built stadium. With each book set in a different American ballpark, baseball fans will love learning fun facts about each team’s players and lingo. These fun whodunits are perfect beginning readers to puzzle through.

Splash! A hit soars over the walls of the San Francisco ballpark on the bay and drops into the water.

But when Mike and Kate hear another, much larger splash nearby — and this time it’s not a baseball. It’s a man overboard!

And when he’s pulled from the water, the old-time ballplayer discovers his World Series ring is gone! Is it at the bottom of the bay? Or was it somehow stolen by long-ago rival?

Ages 6-9.

‘REVENGE OF A NOT-SO-PRETTY GIRL’

BY CAROLITA BLYTHE

Faye doesn’t mean to hit the old lady she and her friends are mugging. But she does. The old lady isn’t moving, but Faye has no reason to feel guilty for leaving her there.

The old lady might be ancient and wrinkly now. But back in the day, she was as beautiful as they come — a famous movie star. And everyone knows that pretty and mean always go together. But Faye does feel guilty.

So she comes back. Slowly, Faye and the old lady form an unlikely friendship, one that pulls Faye out of her life with her abusive mother and destructive friends and allows the old lady relief from her loneliness.

But in an unfair world in which the pretty girls, no matter how mean, always seem to get everything, while Faye gets nothing, will Faye be able to keep from slipping back to her old ways?

Ages 12 up.

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