Do you remember when I sprained the crap out of my ankle and had to use crutches for a few weeks? Do you remember the game I attended during that time on 6/20/11 at Fenway Park? Do you remember that I met a children’s book author that day named David Kelly? Here’s a photo of us holding each other’s books. Does that look familiar? Well, anyway, David and I have kept in touch, and he recently mailed me two signed copies of his newest book. It’s called The Wrigley Riddle, and I simply *must* share a few photos of it. Here’s a look at the cover . . .
. . . and here’s how David inscribed one of the copies:
What kind of help, you ask? Check out the table of contents:
Did you notice the name of Chapter 2? It’s called “Ballhawks!” and I helped David by making a few suggestions and teeny edits. Not only did he thank me by sending me a couple copies, but he did something even better. Did you notice the dedication on the upper left corner of the previous photo? Here’s a closer look:
This book went to press late last season. That’s why my ball total in the dedication (6,413) isn’t quite up to date (6,459), but that doesn’t bother me. I kinda like it, actually, because it captures the moment.
Now, I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who might end up reading this book, so let me just say that there’s a ballhawk in the story who becomes an important character, and his name is *very* similar to mine. Fun stuff.
Here’s how David signed the other copy of the book:
Remember all the prizes I gave last year to people who donated money to my fundraiser? Well, I’ve decided to give away some new prizes at the end of the 2013 season, and the book pictured above will be one of them. (I’m not parting with my personally-inscribed copy.) Let me know if you have anything that you’d like to contribute as a prize — it can be a book or a Bobblehead or a special baseball or an autograph or anything baseball-related — and if you’d like to make an actual pledge to the charity, you can find more info about it here on my website.
On a final note, The Wrigley Riddle (which was published by Random House) is available for $4.99. Among other places, you can buy it here on Amazon, and if you want more info on the “Ballpark Mysteries” series (of which this is Book No. 6), you can visit BallparkMysteries.com or visit the Facebook page or visit David’s personal website.