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Kidsday: A great baseball mystery

I read "Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series," by John Feinstein (Knopf). It is about 14-year-old Stevie Thomas, who calls himself a veteran of sports victory celebrations. He has been to the Final Four, the Super Bowl, NBA Finals and the U.S. Open for golf and tennis. He is a sportswriter, along with his friend Susan Carol Anderson.

In this adventure, Stevie and Susan get to visit baseball parks. They get to go to the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston. A new pitcher was added to the Washington Nationals' roster, Norbert Doyle, a 38-year-old rookie. Norbert has an unusual background. He played for 11 teams in the minor leagues. He went to school in the off-season for eight years to earn a degree. His wife died, and he was left to raise two kids on his own. Now he has been asked to start game two of the World Series. The media love reporting his story, and fans love rooting for this pitcher.

Stevie and Susan have been asked to interview Norbert. They are charmed by him, but the more they get to know him, the more his stories keep changing. Does anyone really know the true story of Norbert Doyle? They become investigative reporters to uncover the truth about Norbert.

This book is exciting, especially if you like sports. I recommend it for ages 9 and older.

Rating: 5 out of 5

My best pals don't like each other, help!

DEAR KIDSDAY: My best friend doesn't like my other best friend. I am caught in the middle. What should I do?


DEAR TROUBLE: Make a playdate and introduce them all over again and have them do something that all three of you like. If you get off to a fresh start, they would get to know each other and like each other more. When you are with each one privately, ask why they don't get along. You might be able to help out. If not, you tried your best and you will have to play with them separately.

Do you have a problem? Let our Kidsday reporters try to help you! Send your letters to Dear Kidsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747. Or e-mail us: kidsday@newsday .com.

New breed of virtual fun

Do you like having a pet? Then the Nintendo DS game Petz Nursery (UbiSoft) is perfect for you. It's a virtual game packed with fun. You get to keep pets from different breeds. You watch them grow and take care of them like they're real.

Also, you get to earn coins and use the money to buy things for your pet.

The more you play, the better it gets. Sometimes your pets get fussy. You do everything, including cleaning up after them and playing mini games. We liked playing Frisbee and skateboarding in the Petz Nursery.

RATING: 5 out of 5

- Kidsday Reporters Gregory Capelle, Andrew Imperatore and Florence Ning

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