Strike Three, You’re Dead is the book for you if you are a mystery or baseball fan. It helps if you are a baseball fan, but it doesn’t really depend on that. It’s a great story, with serious mystery, a bunch of red herrings, and… some farts.
Lenny is a really great character, and he has some pretty awesome friends. Lenny has a babysitter whom he thinks is annoying, but she does do something really great right at the end (but I can’t give it away). Mike is a pitcher who quit playing when he hurt his arm. Is there yet hope for his baseball career? Other Mike, a computer geek, is a real help in a video contest that Lenny desperately wants to win (– —- — –). Do not try to decode this message. Do not pass go. Read the book first.
It is not a story in which it’s easy to predict what will happen, which is part of what makes it so great. It is kind of realistic fiction, although something like this would be highly unlikely in the real world.
This book is very humorous, though sometimes a bit inappropriate. I would probably say ages nine to twelve or so on this one. There is a sequel, Say It Ain’t So, which I read first. It did NOT work out. Please read Strike Three first. If you don’t, please do not send me your complaint letters. I will not tolerate them.
Enough with the monkey business.
I don’t really think that Josh Berk could do anything to make this book better. It isn’t written badly, but it isn’t written especially well, either. But with a story like this, you can’t really write it very beautifully, huh? Five (million) stars.
Emmet Ebels Duggan just started the 4th grade in Evanston, Illinois. When not playing baseball, he likes to spend his time solving algebra equations and reading.