ARC (Advance Reading Copy). Published March 12, 2013. Alfred A. Knopf. 250 pp.
Twelve year old Lenny, Mike, and Other Mike have been best friends for years. Mike and Lenny live, breathe and eat baseball, and know everything there is to know about their hometown heroes – the Philadelphia Phillies. Other Mike (so named because Lenny knew him after Mike), is clueless about baseball but is an excellent resource for everything computer and Wizard related.
With the help of his friends, Lenny enters a contest to announce one of the innings at a Phillies game. No one is more surprised than he when he wins. Unfortunately he never gets a chance to announce because soon after he arrives at the field and the game commences the young, but terrible, pitcher suddenly falls over dead on the mound. Lenny is sure he was murdered, and thus begins a slapstick dance between the friends as they set about combing for clues and looking for the murderer.
“Strike Three You’re Dead” is a good read for boys aged 10-12, as it contains great boy humor complete with ultimate farting and silly jokes this age group would find hysterical.