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Vanishing Act

Mystery at the U.S. Open

By John Feinstein

Vanishing Act
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2006,
    288 pages.
    Age range: Children


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Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson return in another fast-paced, action-packed sports mystery from bestselling sports writer John Feinstein.

The two hopeful sports reporters have kept in touch after their wild time at the Final Four, and when Susan Carol manages to score a press pass to cover the first week of the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York, Stevie works out a way to be there as well.

The behind-the-scenes action in the world of professional tennis is overwhelming and occasionally bewildering, but it turns downright inconceivable when a young Russian phenom, Natalia Makarova, disappears right before her second-round match. Somewhere between the locker rooms and the Louis Armstrong Court, one of the most-watched players of the tournament simply vanishes.

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"The mystery will hold readers to the very end, culminating in an exciting match and surprise arrests." - Kirkus

"Although the main characters are predictable, the use of kid-friendly terminology, contemporary personalities in the tennis world, and factual information about the game may appeal to savvy tennis fans." -School Library Journal

"Although too many logistical details slow the pace, sports fans will be fascinated by the insider's view of the tournament, and even teens ambivalent about sports will connect with the memorable, high-achieving kids and the messages about maintaining integrity versus selling out--in sports and in life." - Booklist

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Caitie
A Truly Amazing, and Page Turning Book!
-"Vanishing Act: Mystery at the US Open", is a great book! The drama of Symanova being kidnapped; its gripping, and intense!

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John Feinstein Author Biography

John Feinstein's books include the best-selling A Civil War, A Good Walk Spoiled, A Season on the Brink, Hard Courts, as well as The Punch, Next Man Up, Tales from Q School, and Moment of Glory. He graduated from Duke University in 1977 and spent 11 years as a sports and political reporter with the Washington Post. He has also contributed to Sports Ilustrated, The National Sports Daily, ESPN, CBS Sports, and Golf Digest. He is also a commentator for National Public Radio and The Golf Channel. He lives in Potomoac, Maryland, and Shelter Island, New York, with his wife and son.

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