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Cover-Up Mystery at the Super Bowl

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Cover-Up Mystery at the Super Bowl

Fourteen-year-old sports reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson can’t cover a major sporting event without stumbling upon a mystery. Set at the Super Bowl, COVER-UP proves to hold their most baffling whodunit yet.

After solving the U.S. Open mystery, Stevie and Susan Carol are offered their own television show aimed at teen sports lovers on USTV. When some market surveys indicate that he isn’t as popular an anchor as Susan Carol, Stevie gets fired and is replaced with a good-looking former boy band member who knows nothing about sports. Susan Carol is devastated and threatens to quit, though her contract won’t allow her to make this dramatic gesture. She can’t imagine going to the Super Bowl without Stevie. But as luck would have it, Stevie is asked by his mentor and friend Bobby Kelleher to help write articles for the Baltimore Herald. Both Stevie and Susan Carol will be at the Super Bowl after all.

When Susan Carol is at a network party, the doctor of one of the teams, the California Dreams, revels drunkenly that the entire offensive line failed their drug tests and shouldn’t even be playing. Plus, to make matters worse, the team owner is fully aware of the situation and is covering up the truth. Susan Carol immediately informs Stevie that there is a scandal to be solved. But how can they prove what they’ve learned, especially when nobody wants to talk?

John Feinstein --- a regular commentator for National Public Radio and Sporting News Radio --- has written many bestselling sports-related books, including LAST SHOT, an Edgar Award winner. Like his previous efforts, COVER-UP provides an almost nonfiction-like behind-the-scenes look into another aspect of the sports world, this time football.

If you liked Stevie and Susan Carol the first and second times around, then you’ll enjoy watching them in their most mature and challenging mystery yet.

Reviewed by Kristi Olson on August 14, 2007

Cover-Up Mystery at the Super Bowl
by John Feinstein

  • Publication Date: August 14, 2007
  • Genres: Mystery
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0375842470
  • ISBN-13: 9780375842474