The Edmond Sun

June 25, 2013

6-25 Books

Good reads


The Edmond Sun

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.





‘ALVIN HO: ALLERGIC TO BABIES,

BURGLARS AND OTHER BUMPS

IN THE NIGHT’

BY LENORE LOOK

Readers will herald the return of their favorite phobic boy in this, the fifth book in the beloved series. Alvin’s mother has been getting bigger… and bigger.

Alvin’s sure it’s all the mochi cakes she’s been eating, but it turns out she’s pregnant.

There are lots of scary things about babies, as everybody knows — there’s learning CPR for the newborn and changing diapers (no way) — but the scariest thing of all is the fact that the baby could be a GIRL.

As a result of the stress, Alvin develops a sympathetic pregnancy and hilarity definitely ensues.

Once again, Lenore Look and LeUyen Pham deliver a story that’s funny and touching in equal measures.

Ages 6-10.



NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Ballpark Mysteries: The San Francisco Splash” and/or “Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl” and/or “Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars and Other Bumps in the Night.” Deadline is 10 a.m. July 1. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.