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“Well I have had some problems finding stuff lately," Chip said. “But it’s not because it was stolen. It’s lost. I’ve lost stuff all my life. I used to lose my homework at school. I lose socks all the time. I’m just losing a little more than usual right now.” –Capital Catch
The Capital Catch
Ballpark Mysteries #13
by David A. Kelly
Mike and Kate are about to face their biggest, most important mystery yet! Why? It involves the president of the United States! The president’s brother is a catcher on the Nationals baseball team, and someone is stealing his equipment! Can these super-sleuths help the commander in chief catch a criminal?
Mike and Kate are excited to explore Washington D.C.’s historical landmarks. While on a White House tour, Mike meets the president! This leads to Mike and Kate trying to discover who is stealing from the president’s brother, who is a baseball player. While Mike and Kate investigate, the kids don’t sneak around or go to restricted areas. Instead, they use their powers of observation and their interview skills to solve the mystery. Readers will enjoy following the clues along with Mike and Kate.
Capital Catch is an easy-to-read story that uses short sentences and dialogue to keep readers interested. Black and white illustrations appear every 3 to 5 pages. Most of the illustrations are a full page. They help readers visualize the characters and understand the plot. The book ends with Dugout Notes, which give even more baseball facts. Even though Capital Catch is the 13th book in the series, the books do not build on each other, so they can be read out of order.
Sports-loving readers will enjoy Capital Catch’s mystery and baseball action. Parents will appreciate how Mike and Kate are polite to others and do not put themselves in dangerous situations. Unfortunately, the thief was predictable and the culprit doesn’t reveal why he was stealing Chip’s baseball equipment. Despite this, baseball lovers will enjoy the combination of mystery and baseball action. The Little Rhino Series by Ryan Howard & Krystle Howard will hit the mark for young readers who want more baseball action.
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