Honus and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series) [NOOK Book]

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Joe Stoshack lives for baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game -- except how to play well. His specialty is striking out. Stosh feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-paying job cleaning a bunch of junk out of his neighbor's attic, he feels even worse -- until he comes across a little piece of cardboard that takes his breath away. His heart is racing. His brain is racing. He can hardly believe his eyes. Stosh has stumbled upon a T-206 Honus Wagner -- the most valuable baseball card...

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Overview

Joe Stoshack lives for baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game -- except how to play well. His specialty is striking out. Stosh feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-paying job cleaning a bunch of junk out of his neighbor's attic, he feels even worse -- until he comes across a little piece of cardboard that takes his breath away. His heart is racing. His brain is racing. He can hardly believe his eyes. Stosh has stumbled upon a T-206 Honus Wagner -- the most valuable baseball card in the world! And he's about to find out that it's worth a lot more than money....

Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
A captivating blend of fact and fantasy.
Chicago Tribune
A captivating blend of fact and fantasy.
Star-Ledger
Gutman spins a delightful tale.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Baseball, time travel and magic converge in Gutman's (The Kid Who Ran for President; The Way Baseball Works) joyfully entertaining yarn. Cleaning out his neighbor's attic, gawky 12-year-old Joe Stoshack discovers a mint-condition, T-206 Honus Wagner 1909 baseball card-"the most valuable piece of cardboard in the world." At first he's thrilled, then he feels guilty about taking the $450,000 card from its rightful owner, the wryly named 100-year-old Miss Young. Before he can conclude his moral deliberations, Joe comes face to face with Honus Wagner himself, who helps him with both his dilemma and his Little League baseball swing, courtesy of the 1909 World Series. Gutman's direct, no-frills writing style and the inclusion of vintage photos of Wagner in his heyday add a nostalgic quality to the book. The author also adds an interesting epilogue about the real Honus Wagner and why readers are extremely unlikely to find one of his baseball cards in anyone's attic. For sports fans who like a snappy plot along with the play-by-play, this novel hits at least a triple. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
Cleaning out his neighbor's attic, a gawky 12-year-old discovers a mint-condition Honus Wagner 1909, $450,000 baseball card. In this addition to the Baseball Card Adventures series, baseball, time travel and magic converge for, in PW's words, a "joyfully entertaining yarn that hits at least a triple." Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Joe Stoshack is cleaning an old attic when he finds a baseball card of Honus Wagner, long considered the game's greatest player. Before you can say "play ball" Joe is transported back to 1909 and is being coached on hitting by Wagner himself. Pair this book with for "Jackie and Me," another engaging blend of fantasy and fact, this time featuring Jackie Robinson.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Joe just can't seem to ignore the taunts of other ballplayers, and his batting average is the pits. Filled with gloom, he really believes his life is at its nadir. Then, Joe does a good deed for his elderly neighbor, Miss Young, and is truly rewarded. He discovers a Honus Wagner baseball card in mint condition while cleaning Miss Young's attic. The card transports him back in time to the 1909 World Series where he meets Honus, substitutes for him in a game, learns how to believe in himself, and reunites Miss Young with her long lost boyfriend, Honus. Farfetched indeed, but fun to read whether or not you are a baseball fan. Gutman provides facts as well as black and white photos to augment his entertaining story.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6An intriguing time-travel novel. While 12-year-old Joe Stoshack is cleaning out Miss Young's attic for spending money, he finds the world's most valuable baseball card, picturing Honus Wagner. Joe wrestles with the thought of telling Miss Young about his discovery and of returning it to her. But she had instructed him to throw out all the junk in the attic, and he knows the money raised from selling the card would help his single mother. That night, Joe wakes up to see Wagner in his bedroom, and they eventually travel back in time to the 1909 World Series. Gutman includes plenty of factual baseball information in this short novel. An appendix helps readers sort out fact from fantasy. Most young baseball-card collectors will have heard about the famous Honus Wagner cards, one of which was sold in 1991 for almost half-a-million dollars, making the premise of the story familiar. Black-and-white photos of Wagner and the series, although sometimes dark or grainy, add authenticity to the book. An enjoyable escape into another decade.Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
When baseball nut Joe Stoshack, 12, finds a mint condition Honus Wagner baseball card, he discovers that it is more than the world's most valuable card: It is also a granter of wishes and a time-travel portal, through which Wagner visits him in the present, and Joe goes to the 1909 World Series. Thoroughly researched and illustrated with black-and-white period photographs of Wagner, this delightful story is hardly marred by the gratuitous subplot involving an attempt to steal the card. In the meantime, Joe lives out the dream of millions of kids: He befriends the greatest player ever, is coached by him until he becomes a top-notch player himself, learns a few life lessons along the way, and gets to play in the majors. A good fantasy for any baseball fanatic, this includes an author's note, information on the baseball card, Wagner's career stats, and his tips for kids.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061973246
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Baseball Card Adventure Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 62,905
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

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Honus & Me
A Baseball Card Adventure

Chapter One

"Hey! Elephant ears! When you walk down the street, Stoshack, you look like a taxicab with both doors open!"

The words burned in my ears, which do stick out a little from my head, I must admit.

I was at the plate. It was two outs in the sixth inning, and I was the last hope for the Yellow Jackets. We were down by a run, and the bases were empty. Their pitcher was only eleven, but he'd already whiffed me twice.

That crack about my ears threw me off, just enough so that I tipped the ball instead of hitting it with the meat of my bat. That was strike two.

Behind me, I could hear some of the kids on my team already packing up their equipment to go home. There wasn't much chance that I was going to smack one out of the park. I hadn't hit one out of the infield all season.

It's not that I'm not strong. My arms are really big, and people tell me my chest is broader than any other seventh grader they've seen. I'm short for a twelve year-old and a little stocky.

I'm actually a pretty good ballplayer. But those insults really get to me. The last time up, I struck out when they said my legs looked like a pair of parentheses. You know-(). Bowlegged? I guess I'm kinda funny-looking. If I wasn't me, I'd probably be making fun of me, too.

Nobody likes to make the last out. I sure didn't want to strike out looking at the last pitch whiz past me. I was ready to swing at just about any thing. The pitcher went into his windup again, and I stood ready at the plate. The pitch looked good, and I brought back my arms to take a rip at it.

"Hey Stoshack!" their shortstop shouted as the ballleft the pitcher's hand, "Is that your nose or a door knocker?" I'd never heard that one before. It threw off my timing. It felt like a good swing, but I hit nothing As usual.

"Steeerike threeeeeeeeeeeee!" the ump yelled as the ball smacked into the catcher's mitt.

Again. My third strikeout of the game. Did I swing over it? Under it? Too early? Too late? I couldn't even tell. All I know is that I wanted to shrivel up and fade away. The other team hooted with glee. Even some of my teammates were snickering.

Honus & Me
A Baseball Card Adventure
. Copyright © by Dan Gutman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    one of the best baseball adventures!!!

    SAFEEE!!!!!

    This amazing book, Honus and Me, was historical fiction. The main characters were Joe (the kid who has the power to travel through time with baseball cards), Honus (amazing baseball player in early 1900s), and Amanda Young ( the old lady next door). In the book it says that Honus was one of the best that ever played. He played shortstop and let no balls get past him. He also was an amazing batter with a high batting average (.327). To also add on, he had just over 700 steals in his career.
    In the book, Joe is cleaning out Amanda's attic and finds this baseball card of Honus Wagner. He heard about one of these cards before. They're so rare that the last one sold was worth half a million dollars!!! So he thinks he's going to be rich! Since he can travel through time with the card he goes back in time with Honus Wagner to the game 7, 1909 World Series.
    When Joe returns to modern day, he doesn't know if he should keep the card, give it back, or sell it. But then decides to give it back to Mrs. Young.
    I think this was one of the better books I've read because I like baseball and the book is all about baseball. I also like it because I really didn't know a lot about Honus until after I read the book. You should read this book if you are onto sports and want to learn about older players. You shouldn't read this book if you don't know a lot about baseball because there are some phrases that you might not understand. Overall, this was a great book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

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    A Great Read

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a great fantasy read with plenty of baseball facts for young readers. My 10 year old daughter also read this with me, and she is anxious to read the rest of the series. A great way to teach not only baseball history, but american history as well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2009

    AMAZING

    This book is m a zing. First, Joe stoshack thinks he is a terrible ballplayer. When he cleans out his old lady neighbors attic he finds a rare t206 honus wagner ball card. Along with a half tore picture of honus wagner. After he uses the card to take him back to meet honus he realizes that he sctually isnt a bad ballplayer after scoring a homerun in the 1909 playoffs when honus gets injured leading his team to victory. bcuz he does such a great job honus gives him randomly the other half of the picture... it was the old lady whos attic he cleaned out. After realizeing honus wagners girlfriend lives next door to him, joe goes back into time and says his goodbyes to honus. When he returns home he finds out that his house was broken into by someone looking for the honus card. His old lady neighbor comes bye and gets the card back-but then rips it up. Ugh-OH!! Then joe shoes her the picture of her from honus and she goes back in to time using joes ripped up honus card. Joe has a feeling she wont come back to Louisville and she will stay with honus. BEST BOOK!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Amazing

    This is the best book ever!!!!!! I would rate it 5million stars if i could!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    One of the best dan gutman books yet.

    Yet another fun filled adventure another perfect book for young baseball players. All these books are exciting and keep you in the book and teach little about history.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2009

    A Great Book

    I think it was a great book, because it wasn't to challenging to read. And if you like baseball and the history of the game then this is a great book for you. The author Dan Gutman writes other baseball books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    When it began

    Stosh meets Honus Wagner in this book. In my opinion, this isn't as good as the newer baseball card adventures, but it's good. It is only the beginning, though. Honus is probably the best shortstop EVER!!! Good book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    CalvinCHMS14 This book is extraordinary. It¿s the perfect book.

    CalvinCHMS14
    This book is extraordinary. It’s the perfect book. In the book, this kid named Joe Stoshack's finds a card Joe Stoshack's biggest love is baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game, except how to play well. When he takes a job cleaning a bunch of junk out of his neighbor's attic, he finds a 1909 Honus Wager card. (the most valuable baseball card in the world) When he gets the card, he feels a tingling feeling. Then all of a sudden, Honus travels to Joe’s room.  In the book, there are a lot of happy scenes. For example, Joe travels to 1909 with Honus to see play in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. Honus gets hurt and Joe plays for him. In that game, Joe got his first homerun ever. He was so happy. Also in the book there are comedy scenes as well. One example is, when the boys were making fun of Joe in the beginning and one of them said that Joe’s ears look like a taxi cab with the doors open. Lastly there were also romantic scenes. When Joe found out that his neighbor was Honus’s old girlfriend, he give the card back and let her go back to 1909 to marry Honus. This is why I like this book   

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly Recommended- both for boys and girls.

    I read this book with a fourth grade book buddy for college. I found the book very interesting as Dan Gutman introduced baseball players Honus Wagner, Ty Cobbs, Fred Clarke, just to name a few. The book touched on bullying, but didn't really tell you how to deal with it, because that is not what the book was about. The book is about Joe Stoshack who meets Honus Wagner by traveling back in time. It's about a young boy who has to decide what the right thing is for him to do; he found a baseball card that belongs to his next door neighbor. The card is worth $451,000. dollars. Does he give the card back, keep it to sell? It is well written, and young children, both boys and girls would not only enjoy the book, but will learn a lesson from it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    must read

    Honus and Me I like this book because it tells a lot about a boy named Joe. And he wants to earn money because he likes to collect baseball cards. So one day his mother gets home from work and tells him that he has to clean his neighbor¿s attic. Since she was old and he would get paid he did it. His neighbor told him to throw away everything. And one box breaks while he was carrying it and there was a rare baseball card. And then Honus came out of the card and showed him every thing he did in the past. And he told him that he used to be married to his neighbor .So he keeps it and tried to sell it for $10,000 dollars and gives half to his neighbor. I thought that this book was good because of how the saying goes one mans trash is an other mans treasure and because of how the author explains every thing the kid does like he puts it in a safe plastic case so that it doesn¿t get bent and other tiny facts. Just like how many home runs he made, how far he ever hit the ball, when he was born, and when he died.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Outtttt!... Waitaminute... Safeeee!!!!!!!

    SAFE!!!! This thrilling book is about Honus Wagner, a baseball player, who did not hit homers, but stole all the bases instead!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Hi

    At my school we have a competion to read 3 of the listed books with your team and then you competw. This is one of the books on the list. I cant wait to read it!!!!!
    Love










    The

    Amazimg

    Claudia!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Good chapter book about sports

    I like Dan Gutman books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Herrrrrroski

    Tee hee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Sydney

    I thouht that this was a great book and taught me a lot more about baseball and Honus Wagner.i love these series and i lov how differantly u write them from the other books youve written a great job.

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    Honus and Me was a good book because it had true facts wrapped i

    Honus and Me was a good book because it had true facts wrapped in a fictional story. I learned from the factual story about Honus Wagner the baseball legend that was treated unfairly because of the color of his skin and enjoyed the twists and turns of the fictional story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    So good

    I lovveeeeeeeeeeee this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Many genres

    This book is realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, and imformational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Anumous

    Very awesome i could not put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Good

    Mmmmjj

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