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    Miracle Mud
    Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball
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    By: David A. Kelly Illustrated By: Oliver Dominguez
    ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-8092-4
    AR Quiz #: 156781
    AR Points: 0.50
    ATOS Level: 3.70
    Lexile Level: 480
    SRC Reading Level: 2.6
    Pages: 32
    Trim Size: 9 3/4 x 9 3/4
    Dewey: 796.357092
    Reading Grade Level: 3
    Interest Grade Level: 2-5
    Ages: 7-11
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    DESCRIPTION David A. Kelly
    Lena Blackburne loved baseball. He watched it, he played it, he coached it. But he didn't love the ways players broke in new baseballs. Tired of soggy, blackened, stinky baseballs, he found a better way. Thanks to a well-timed fishing trip and a top-secret mud recipe, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud was born. For seventy-five years, baseball teams have used Lena's magic mud to prepare baseballs before every game. Read the story of how Lena's mud went from a riverbank to the major leagues and all the way to the Hall of Fame.

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    From the opening page, audio and visual cues and easy-to-use tools help guide your students through the story. As the story begins, words are highlighted while they're read aloud. This type of word distinction better supports letter and word recognition skills, and keeps kids focused on the structure of how to read.

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    • * Microsoft Windows XP
    • * Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz CPU
    • * 512 MB RAM
    • * 100 MB Free Disk Space (Browser Cache)
    • * 128 MB Graphics Card
    • * Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
    • * Firefox 3.0
    • * Sound Card
    For Mac
    • * Mac OSX v.10.4
    • * Power PC G5 or Intel processor
    • * 512 MB RAM
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    • * 128 MB Graphics Card
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    • * Safari 3
    Book Features
    Author's Note, Free Online Content, Full-Color Illustrations, Original Artwork
    About the Author
    David A. Kelly is an established children's book author, travel writer, and technology analyst.

    After years of working with technology companies, David starting writing travel stories for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and many other newspapers. When he became too busy playing baseball with his two sons to travel, he started writing children's books. His first book, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse, tells the true story of Babe Ruth and the curse of the Bambino. His Ballpark Mysteries series of chapter books follows cousins Mike and Kate to different major league ballparks to solve a mystery.Miracle Mud is his first picture book. It's a good bet that his next book might be baseball-related as well! 

    David lives 15 minutes from Boston's Fenway Park in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife Alice, two sons, Steven and Scott, and a dog named Samantha. For more information, visit David's webpage – or his Ballpark Mysteries website – 
    About the Illustrator
    Oliver Dominguez was born and raised in Miami. He has illustrated multiple pictures books, including Miracle Mud (2013). He lives in Florida with his wife, two dogs, and a collection of unique hats. Visit him online at
    Awards for this Title
    Black Eyed Susan Book Awards
    Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Grand Canyon Reader Award
    Illinois Monarch Award
    Library Media Connection Editor's Choice
    Maine Chickadee Award
    Maryland Blue Crab Award
    Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle selection
    New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
    Nutmeg Award
    Other Reviews
    Library Media Connection
    "This story is sure to hook young baseball fans with its action-packed illustrations and unique subject matter....The book is an excellent way to engage young sports fans and could easily be used as a bridge for interdisciplinary activities." —Library Media Connection
    School Library Journal
    "Dominguez's illustrations, which are painterly in style, look as if pastels were used to draw the dramatic baseball poses in a variety of perspectives....This accessible story will be enjoyable to a larger audience than just baseball fans." —School Library Journal