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From School Library Journal

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.

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"POUNDS HOME A POWERFUL MESSAGE ABOUT A GREAT MAN IN A KID-FRIENDLY WAY . . . GREAT PLAY-BY-PLAY ACTION". Buffalo News

"Fans of America's favorite pastime will particularly appreciate the details...Full of action, this title will spark history discussions and be a good choice for book reports and leisure reading." -- "School Library Journal""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"
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 610 (What's this?)
  • Series: Baseball Card Adventures
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Baseball Card Adventures edition (February 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380800845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380800841
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan Carney on July 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is it! Being a mother and a teacher, I have always wished my son would be more interested in reading. Finally I have found a book that Evan is enjoying so much that I have ordered another book from this series before he has finished this one. Bravo Dan Gutman!
Although I haven't read Jackie and me, I feel like I have. My son has been saying quite frequently, "Hey, listen to this." The book presents the unfair treatment of African Americans in a way that involves the reader. Evan has been told many times about slavery, segregation, and civil rights. He understood the information, but,until now I think he felt no empathy for those who were treated so unfairly.
If you have a child who enjoys baseball--get this book. Dan Gutman, thank you so much.
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The book Jackie & Me puts historical fiction with fantasy to make a fantastic story. The story begins and ends in Louisville, KY in modern times. However, most of it takes place in Brooklyn, NY in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Obviously, the historical fiction part of the book is in Brooklyn on the baseball field. The fantasy part of the book is where Joe, a 13 year old boy who loves sports, (and like many of us tries to get sports into schoolwork) time travels by holding a baseball card from the year he wants to visit. After going back in time, Joe meets Jackie, who teaches him self-control. However, he also meets a not so nice batboy named Ant, who shows Joe what it feels like to be discriminated against.

Overall, I wouldn't change a word in this book. There were several characters in this book like Ant, Dixie Walker, and the racist fans, who showed me how life was for Black people in 1947. Reading about these situations not only made me think about how horrible it was for Black people, but also how difficult it was for the White people who tried to be their friends like Pee Wee Reese. When I saw the picture of the real note that was given to Jackie telling him that he would be killed if he crossed the foul line in the next game, I wished I could travel back in time and fix what was going on. The part that was most surprising was when Joe changed into an African-American when he traveled back in time. That experience really helped Joe understand what it was like to be Black in the `40s. One last upside to the book is that I learned how to hit a curveball!
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Jackie Robinson is well known and the first African American to break into the major leagues. He was also a heckuva guy, and this adventure tells you why. He was a better man than I am, because he was able to simply stand on his record and let his actions endear him to his teammates, and then to the public at large. I'd probably have killed somebody, but as I said, he was a better man. Stosh not only meets Jackie, but he also gets to experience being a black kid back in the day when, frankly, you were better off not being one. (I know, you're still most likely better off as a caucasian, but it was worse. A lot worse.) Somebody had to be the one to stop putting up with the nonsense, and like Ms. Parks on her bus a few years later, Jackie Robinson was just the man to do that. Good book. Worth the reading.
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Every year I make a point of revisiting the kid in me by reading one children’s book. After seeing the hit movie “42” about the legendary Jackie Robinson I wanted to learn more about the man who broke baseball’s color barrier. Then along came Dan Gutman’s Jackie & Me, one of the best children’s books this reader ever read. This tale of a boy who travels back to 1947 to meet Robinson – and in the process learns firsthand what it was like to be a person of color in late 1940s America – hits a home run right out of Ebbets Field. Jackie & Me is about making dreams come true, about perseverance, about a time when tough, gritty men with zany personalities played their hearts out in dusty little ballparks... Gutman chalks up a never-to-be-forgotten history lesson in an entertaining yet meaningful way. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart with a hungering for heroes, Jackie & Me should be part of your reading lineup.
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A Kid's Review on April 8, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
For my book report I chose to read a book about Jackie Robinson. This book was entitled Jackie & Me, written by Dan Gutman.

In this book�s introduction, Joe Stoshack explains that he has a very special talent. When Joe holds a baseball card in his hands he can travel back in time. Later in the book, this talent becomes very useful when Joe has to write a history report on an African-American who made the world a better place. For his report, Joe decides to go back in time to meet Jackie Robinson. He wanted to meet Jackie because he loved sports and knew a great deal about baseball. Joe also wanted to understand what it felt like to be the first black man in professional baseball.

Joe leaves Louisville, Kentucky, and is transported back into Jackie�s time. He soon arrives in front of Macy�s in New York, on April 14th, 1947 and finds he has become black. Joe was soon introduced to Jackie. Joe was invited to sleep on Jackie�s couch because Joe helped a good friend of Jackie�s after he had been attacked with a broken bottle. Eventually, Joe is accidentally made a batboy for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson�s team. At first, Joe was nervous and scared that he was a black kid. He was treated badly by the white boys. He soon learned how difficult it was to be a black person, and how badly it feels to be made fun of for being black.
Joe soon understands the pain and frustration Jackie felt being a black man among all white team-mates. Jackie was sent threatening letters, called bad names, and treated very rudely and unkindly. Jackie Robinson was brave and strong, he refused to fight back and he refused to quit. The other players didn't want to be Jackie's friend, and they often ignored him altogether. One day, Pee Wee Reese started joking with Jackie.
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