"Steee-rike three! Yerrr out!"

I knelt in the on-deck circle for a long time, staring at home plate as Wash walked away and Dave the ump bent down to brush away the dirt. I couldn't believe what I had just seen. It was worse than a double play in the first inning. Much worse. It was more like an F on a test or a dead dog in the road. Maybe it was even worse than that. In the last inning, with a man on base and the game on the line, Medgar Washington struck out.

Selected Books

American History
The 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School, told through eyewitness accounts and contemporary photographs.
The story of the battle in the context of the Texas Revolution, told through eyewitness accounts and powerful historical images.
The compelling story of the battle told though eyewitness accounts and striking historical images.
Narrative Nonfiction
The story of two brilliant artists whose lifelong conflict jumpstarted the Renaissance in Quattrocento Florence.
The inspiring story of a Hall of Famer who rose from poverty in Puerto Rico to set new standards of excellence and integrity on and off the field.
Biographical profiles of thirteen Native Americans who led their people on the spiritual path in the face of foreign invasion and cultural pressure.
The amazing story of the world-famous angel artist, illustrated with full-color reproductions of his inspiring art.
Rambunctious, rollicking, rootin' tootin' retellings of nine American tall tales.
GINORMOUS retellings of world folktales about giants.
Teeny weeny retellings of world folktales about little people.
A coming-of-age novel set in the world of high school theater.
A first-place Little League team starts losing when their star player's bat mysteriously disappears.


Jacket illustration by Scott Medlock
Harcourt • 1993 • $17.00 (hc)
ISBN 0-15-276163-2 • 160 pages • Ages 8-12

Little League baseball and inexplicable theft form the gist of this enjoyable tale, certain to score with sports and mystery buffs. . . . Walker exhibits a natural fluency with both dialogue and his hero's first-person narrative. . . . This author dirives in a winner.
—Publishers Weekly

Halbertson's Flowers is the first place team in the Granada Little League. But after their star player's lucky bat mysteriously disappears, the Flowers go on a big-time losing streak. And when equipment continues to vanish—one piece at a time—B. J., Wash, and Tony form the Sluggers Club to investigate the mystery.

When they're not playing baseball, the members of the Sluggers Club are hot on the trail of their suspects: Could it be Emily Kravitz, who doesn't like criticism of her playing? Or obnoxious Ed Obermeyer, the star player on a rival team? Or—most frightening of all—could it be the Black Scorpions, a gang that heckles the Sluggers’ teammate Nong Den?

Come join the Sluggers Club in this winning combination of sports, mystery, and humor.