Joe Hardy hits a homerun, the Bayport Bandits win the Little League World Series. It's all up to Joe ... at least in his dream. At the REAL Little League World Series there are bigger problems: according to Jason, their star player, one of the Johnston Jupiter players stole it. While everyone is in a rush to blame the other, Joe and Frank Hardy head to the bleachers to work through the clues. Can they find Jason's mitt in time for the game?
Baseball is the centerpiece of this mystery that also offers lessons in sportsmanship, jumping to conclusions, and friendship.
We were surprised at how quickly our daughter read this one. We never knew she had an interest in baseball! She asked a lot of questions about specific types of plays (infield fly rule) and devoured it in one night.
This is a light, easy read. A missing mitt and baseball are at the center of the story, but there is a lot more to it. Short chapters, wide-set type with lots of white space, and some larger illustrations will make this appealing to kids just moving to chapter books.
This is an updated series of the original Hardy Boys designed for transitional readers.
There are several lessons to be drawn and very specific points that you can stop to discuss issues or predict events: when Jason accuses the other team of stealing his mitt; when Frank and Joe get distracted by a dog going to practice; and thinking through problems.
8 to 10
6 to 9
Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Borrow. This is a quick read but once the case is solved, kids will want to move on. The plot isn't so intricate that you'd re-read it to find more details.