The Spy on Third Base byMatt Christopher is a baseball chapter book, and this post has a short review and a free printable. This is a baseball-themed book with a little mystery.
T.V. Adams has a talent for predicting where the batters on the opposing team will hit the ball. When his teammates follow his advice, they are more likely to get the player out. But, they don’t always like following T.V.’s advice, even though a local newspaper prints a story about him. T.V. experiences some anxiety about how much to say to his team about plays. Some kids ignore or make fun of T.V., and he even gets a threatening phone call. Was he to blame when his team loses? This is a great book for young boys who play team sports or like baseball. It seems sad to me that so many books for children are slanted toward girls, and this book is welcomed by boys as well as girls.
This book is also a mystery to solve and there are many clues woven in through the baseball story. Is there really a spy on third base? Who notices the clues? Of course, the adults do not solve this mystery and it requires the thinking of the younger characters.