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Gr. 5-8. Joe Stoshack knows that he can travel back in time when he holds the right baseball card. Now he wants to see if Abner Doubleday really invented baseball (he did not, of course), but this time it's a photo of Civil War general Doubleday that sends Stosh and his nurse mom back in history--to the Battle of Gettysburg. Before pulling out a card to get home, Stosh gets to see Union soldiers playing a pickup game, with different rules and antique, but quite recognizable nomenclature. Gutman reports on the battle matter-of-factly, even as the boy's mom saves a life in the hellish hospital quarters after the battle. Her quest to save Lincoln via time travel does not fare so well. Although lightweight for its heavy topic, fans of the Baseball Card Adventure series will still want to read this one. An author's note separates fact from fiction. GraceAnne DeCandido
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“The fun, adventure, and mixing of fact and fiction of the series are all well presented here.…” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: Baseball Card Adventures
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060534451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060534455
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is hard. I'm a pretty regular Jersey guy who spent fifteen years trying to write newspaper articles, magazine articles, screenplays, books for adults, and just about everything else before I discovered the one thing I'm good at--writing fiction for kids. I aim for kids who DON'T like to read, and hopefully the kids who DO like to read will enjoy my stuff too. For all the gory details about me, check out my web site.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Joe Stoshak, who can travel through time with baseball cards, goes back to 1863 to see if Abner Doubleday invented baseball. This was at the time of the Civil War. This was a very good book but I don't think it was quite as good as the other books in the Baseball Card series. That is because it is more violent than the other books (because of the Civil War). It is still a very good book. I would recommend it to kids over 7 years old. I give 4-1/2 stars out of five.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Daddy Geck-Mo on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 14-year-old son is a hater of history, and of reading for that matter. Typical. But he is a lover of sport, especially baseball. Sound like your boy? Well, read Dan Gutman's bio sheet. These words also describe his attitude as a boy. But the author has done us all a service by writing great adventures aimed at an audience reminiscent of young Dan. Satch and Me, Shoeless Joe and Me, Jackie and Me, Mickey and Me--my son read them all, and was excited to tell me about them. I would say it is important for the young reader to read at least one of these titles first before reading Abner and Me, which is a little less baseball adventure and a little more historical adventure. The protagonist, Stosh, this time goes back in time to the Civil War to learn if Abner Doubleday really invented the game of baseball. Along the way he learns of the heartache of a nation at war, the terror of the battlefield, the waste of a noble president's life. My son had just flunked his history test in a poorly taught class before reading Abner. Gutman has a way of pouring just enough history and social commentary into his books to sneak teaching past his unsuspecting reader. As a parent of a non-academic boy, I say Gutman should be praised for his service.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Rhea on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My son, my students, and I were eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book. The general opinion is that it just isn't as engaging as the others in the series. There isn't the focus on a baseball player/team. However, everyone agrees that it is not "bad."
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A Kid's Review on May 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes, or has an interest in baseball. This is because it gives information on someone who might have had invented baseball. There were many surprises in the story, but I will only tell one of them. I was surprised that Abner did not know anything about baseball, if I were to write the book I would have put that Abner did invent baseball. I feel that this book is definitely a page-turner kind of book because every chapter, every page, every paragraph was so interesting you would not want to put it down. All in all, I think this one of the greatest books I have ever read.
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A Kid's Review on May 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes, or has an interest in baseball. This is because it gives information on someone who might have had invented baseball. There were many surprises in the story, but I will only tell one of them. I was surprised that Abner did not know anything about baseball, if I were to write the book I would have put that Abner did invent baseball. I feel that this book is definitely a page-turner kind of book because every chapter, every page, every paragraph was so interesting you would not want to put it down. All in all, I think this one of the greatest books I have ever read.
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By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Invent Baseball, ,that is. Turns out the guy wrote three autobiographical books and never mentioned the game once. He probably never played. But he was a General in the Union army at Gettysburg, and that's where Stosh meets him. Is it exciting? Is it dangerous? Is it worse because his mom is with him? Well, what do you think? Loved this book. It's crammed with history and drama, including a bit of the history of baseball, which really was played in those days, but wasn't exactly as it is today. Close enough for Stosh, though. This is my favorite of the Baseball Card Adventure series (so far.) Go for it!
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A Kid's Review on May 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I would give this book 4 stars beacuse I dont think that this baseball card adventure book had as much action in it as the other ones. Also I dont think it was all tht much about baseball I mean they hardly even played it in this book. But I still think this is a great book for anybody that likes baseball

By Chris a 6th grader from Maine
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By KasiK on April 24, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Abner & Me is a great book for the younger crowd. My son read it at age 10 and enjoyed it a good deal, so much he MADE me read it! I enjoyed it also! Boys definitely will like it and probably the girls, too.
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