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Local author visits Fay School

By Sue Wambolt, Contributing Writer

Author David Kelley talks to students at Fay School. Photo/Sue Wambolt

Southborough – David Kelly, author of the children's book series “Ballpark Mysteries,” visited PreK-Grade 2 students at Fay School Feb. 7.

The series features the adventures of cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins and consists of seven mysteries, each of which takes place in a different Major League Baseball park. First in the series is “The Fenway Foul-Up.” The third, fourth, and fifth books feature the Dodgers Stadium, Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros), and the Major League Baseball All-Star game, respectively.

Kelly discussed the writing process with the children.

“For each book I need to figure out which ballpark I want to feature. After this, I think about the characters and the problem [mystery] they will solve,” Kelly said. “Next, I think about the clues and how to solve the mystery. Finally, I need to make the story interesting by creating suspense.”

The children were an attentive audience as they listened to Kelly explain the four steps to becoming an author. He told them about the importance of reading, writing, learning and having a dream (idea).

Kelly read from one of his books and answered questions from the students. After his presentation, he signed books for them as well.

For more information about David Kelly and his books visit, http://davidakelly.com/about/.

The children are interested in hearing Kelly's describe his experience as an author. Photo/Sue Wambolt

Hannah Oh, Pre-K student, listens as Kelly talks about writing children's books. Photo/Sue Wambolt

Kindergartener Cami Hartigan listens to author David Kelly. Photo/Sue Wambolt

An attentive audience. Photo/Sue Wambolt

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