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 Missing baseball (Zach & Zoe mysteries)
 Author: Lupica, Mike

 Publisher:  Puffin Books (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 70 p, ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 590877 ISBN: 9780425289365
 Ages: 7-9 Grades: 2-4

 Subjects:
 Baseballs -- Fiction
 Lost and found possessions -- Fiction
 School stories
 Contests -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Twins -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction

Price: $13.54

Summary:
Eight-year-old twins Zach and Zoe follow clues to find Zach's missing baseball, signed by his favorite major league player, while competing in Spirit Week events at school.

 Illustrator: Danger, Chris
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 196846

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/18)
   School Library Journal (04/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2018 Eight-year-old twins Zach and Zoe both love sports, so they’re looking forward to Spirit Week, when third-graders compete in races, contests, and a baseball game. For a special show-and-tell session, the students present things that are important to them. Zach brings in the treasured baseball that he caught after his favorite player hit it over the Green Monster at Fenway Park. When the ball goes missing, Zoe turns detective, observing and investigating with Zach’s help until the case is solved. This volume leads off the Zach & Zoe Mysteries series, aimed at readers who are moving up to chapter books. A New York Daily News columnist as well as the author of sports fiction for adults, young adults, and middle-grade kids, Lupica writes with clarity and keeps the story moving at a good pace. Occasional grayscale illustrations add visual appeal. While many of the characters and their relationships seem idealized, young readers who enjoy sports and mysteries may find this series a good choice. The second volume, The Half-Court Hero, will be published simultaneously. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 Gr 1–4—Zach and Zoe are twins with a passion for sports of all kinds. In the first entry of this new series, The Missing Baseball, Zach brings his most special autographed baseball to school for sharing with his classmates. It goes missing, and Zoe is on the case. In between gathering clues, the twins play soccer, basketball, and baseball. The mystery comes to a gentle ending and a climatic baseball game is won by Zoe with good sportsmanship shown by her loyal brother. In the second title, The Half-Court Hero, the twins are in a weekend basketball tournament. The court where they are to play is in pretty rough shape: broken benches, no nets, and it's in need of repainting. A mysterious benefactor begins nightly repairs on the court, and Zoe and Zach gather clues to solve the mystery of the do-gooder. All is neatly wrapped up at the end of this short chapter book. Zach and Zoe are likable and kind to each other, and their parents are supportive. Lupica knows how to write sports action with a heart, but his skill as a mystery writer for the chapter book crowd is not as refined. The clues are a bit too obvious and the resolution to the puzzles is not terribly engaging. Kids will appreciate that the sports action doesn't focus on just one sport per title, but the mystery elements won't keep many readers puzzling—they will have figured it out long before the twins do. VERDICT Give these to young readers who are looking for easy sports fiction or who are new to the mystery genre. An additional selection.—John Scott, Friends School of Baltimore - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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