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Monday March 14, 2016 at 9:29am Age: 3 yrs
Category: Minisink Elementary


On March 8, second grade students at Minisink Valley elementary school library met David A. Kelly, author of the popular Ballpark Mysteries which combine baseball and mystery. 

Reading from his book, “Miracle Mud,” Mr. Kelly kept the students engaged as he explained how mud is rubbed on new baseballs before each game. His question, "What do you think would make a good mystery?" started a lively conversation in the school’s library. "Nonfiction tells you real facts about things," one student noted.


The students’ interest and curiosity was rewarded when Mr. Kelly shared some of his writing strategies, such as his outline for creating memorable characters and developing action scenes. 

Leading up to the author’s visit, students designed posters around Ballpark characters and themes and entered them into contest. Winners were Carter Rossi from Mrs. Padanano’s class, and Amanda Ingrassia and Simon Podgorsky from Mrs. Salinardi's class. Mr. Kelly presented each winner with an autographed book, and a gift-certificate to Barnes & Noble.