The Unwilling Umpire

The Unwilling Umpire

By Ron Roy; John Steven Gurney (Illustrator)

Random House Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780375813702, 96pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2004


Help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z
Kids love collecting the entire alphabet and super editions With over 8 million copies in print, the A to Z Mysteries(r) have been hooking chapter book readers on mysteries and reading for years. Now this classic kid favorite is back with a bright new look
U is for Umpire . . . Play ball While the whole town of Green Lawn is watching the women take on the men in a charity baseball game, Mr. Pocket's prized baseball collection is stolen The police suspect the umpire of foul play. Can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose prove his innocence . . . or will they strike out?

About the Author
Ron Roy est ne a Hartford, sur la cote est des etats-Unis. Il a longtemps ete professeur des ecoles. Il ecrit tous les matins et parfois l'apres-midi. Comme les heros de - Mystere Mystere -, il adore les animaux et il a un chien qui s'appelle Pal. Il aime se promener, nager, faire la cuisine et voyager dans le monde entier. Le vert brocoli est sa couleur preferee.

Bill Wallace grew up in Oklahoma. Along with riding their horses, he and his friends enjoyed campouts and fishing trips. Toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories to scare one another, and catching fish was always fun.
One of the most memorable trips took place on the far side of Lake Lawtonka, at the base of Mt. Scott. He and his best friend, Gary, spent the day shooting shad with bow and arrows, cutting bank poles, and getting ready to go when their dads got home from work.
Although there was no "monster" in Lake Lawtonka, one night there "was" a "sneak attack" by a rather large catfish tail. Checking the bank poles was not nearly as fun or "free" after that point, but it was the inspiration for this story.
Bill Wallace has won nineteen children's state awards and been awarded the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.