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Grade 4-7-Fans of the author's Honus & Me (Avon, 1997) know that young Joe Stoshack has the ability to visit the past via baseball cards. As part of a project for Black History Month, he gets his mitt on a loaned Jackie Robinson card to visit 1947 New York City and the man who broke the major league baseball color line. Not only does Joe travel back in time over 50 years, stay at the Robinson's apartment, and become a bat boy for the Dodgers, but he is also transformed from a Polish American into an African American, introducing some interesting perspectives on race in the mid-20th century. The book is accurate in its baseball statistics, the geography and lingo of Brooklyn, and, unfortunately, in some of the harsh racial terms applied to African Americans in the 1940s. Fans of America's favorite pastime will particularly appreciate the detail and descriptions of some great games, including the 1947 World Series. An interesting addendum puts the story into further historical context and explains some of the liberties the author took writing the book. Full of action, this title will spark history discussions and be a good choice for book reports and leisure reading.
Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Dan Gutman has devised a wonderful mechanism for teaching social history while telling a great tale." -- -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Pounds home a powerful message about a great man in a kid-friendly way...great play-by-play action." -- -- Buffalo News
To be straightforward, the idea that time travel could change to color of our protagonist's skin was absurd. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JMack
Me liked this book very much you should read this book it is fun and doesn't have any really raunchy partsPublished 5 months ago by Bart
this book was awesome. I've read all the books a couple times and they never get old Dan Gutman is a great authorPublished 7 months ago by Tricia Welch
It teaches how in the past how jackie robinson didn't fight back when people made fun of him. Great bookPublished 11 months ago by Jenny
This was a great story - entertaining ( my grandson couldn't put it down) plus we learned something! I would definitely recommend this book for young boys.Published 13 months ago by Shea
It felt like I was in the book I recommend this to kids who like baseball. I'm going to read tilt a lot of more timesPublished 13 months ago by Robert H.