Freddie is a nerd, and he likes it that way. He keeps his grades up, he holds honors positions at his school, and he studies hard. But he’s only second best. Tony is his rival, and Tony is always putting him down. Tony and Freddie both go to Camp Mason over the summer, where Billy Mason died many years ago. Supposedly, there’s a ghost haunting the camp, but nobody has ever seen him.
Freddie is desperately trying to do three things: one, keep Tony from winning the scholarship at the end of the camp, two, find out about the ghost, and three, get a little closer to his crush, Ginny. But there are plenty of things stopping Freddie. How is he going to solve the mystery, win the scholarship competition, and put together sentences that make sense when he talks to Ginny?
The Ghosts, the Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano was hilarious. I enjoyed this story immensely! The story had the perfect amount of adventure, romance, tension, comic relief, and baseball. Now I’m not really Red Sox fan like Freddie is, but I now have a healthy respect for baseball. The cool part is, the baseball parts weren’t boring to me because of the way they were presented.
My favorite character was Zoe, the perky lively girl who ended up as Logan’s (Freddie’s friend) girlfriend by the end of the book (My second favorite had to be Harry Potter… Monty’s pet rat.), but I loved all the characters in this story. They had a lot of personality and were relatable and likeable (or in Tony’s case, hate-able.)
There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t expect! The pacing was perfect—it wasn’t too fast or too slow, and clues and keys were presented in a logical fashion. The end was totally unexpected and exciting, and got my blood racing. Freddie finally solves this mystery of how Billy died… and even though he didn’t win the scholarship competition, somehow ends up with money for college anyway.
Content: This book was wonderfully clean of everything.
Recommendation: Ages 10+, but suitable for teens as well.
**Thank you to Larry and Dorothy from Pump Up Your Book for supplying my review copy!**
Larry Sweitzer was born in western Maryland and grew up in a small town where baseball was a way of life. He moved to southern Virginia as a teenager and has lived there ever since. The Ghost, the Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano is his first novel. You can visit him online at www.larrysweitzer.com.
Miss the rest of the tour? Here were the stops:
Tuesday, Dec. 1
Guest Blogging at Beth’s Book Review Blog
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Interviewed at Examiner
Friday, Dec. 4
Interviewed at Beyond the Books
Monday, Dec. 7
Interview l Chat l Book Giveaway at Pump Up Your Book
Wednesday, Dec. 9
Book Reviewed at Must Read Faster
Friday, Dec. 11
Guest Blogging at The Book Faery Reviews
Monday, Dec. 14
Book Reviewed at Book Bound
Tuesday, Dec. 15
Book Reviewed at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books