The Secret At Haney Field by R. M. Clark is a great children’s sports mystery. It is a book about baseball with some supernatural, history and mystery thrown own in a very clever way.
April O’Day is off for the summer and she has won a contest, allowing her to be be bat-girl for a week for her hometown minor league baseball team, the Harpoons. When the players begin improving after listening to April’s advice, she is asked to remain bat-girl for the whole summer. After April sees a ghost at the field and strange things begin happening, her and her friend Danny set out to figure out what is going on.
The characters are well developed and well-rounded and the children seem to act like a typical twelve year old would. It was very refreshing that the heroine was twelve year old, baseball knowledged, girl.
The mystery and the supernatural edge are intertwined nicely and add an extra element to the book. The suspense built nicely and there are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. I was not able to fully solve the mystery on my own, but had to wait for it to be revealed at the end of the book. The writing style flows smoothly and this is an easy read.
I would recommend this book to any schooled aged child, boy or girl, who enjoy reading mysteries. I would also recommend this book to adults who enjoy the same thing.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank both NetGalley and MB Publishing for allowing me to read such a great book.