Honus and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

Honus and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

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by Dan Gutman
     
 

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THE STRIKE-OUT KING STRIKES IT RICH!

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. Joe feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-pay job cleaning a bunch of junk out of his neighbor's attic, he feels even worse—until he comes across a little piece

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THE STRIKE-OUT KING STRIKES IT RICH!

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. Joe feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-pay 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. Joe 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. . .

In the middle of the night, Joe wakes up to find himself face-to-face with the star of the 1909 World Series—Honus Wagner—one of the greatest ballplayers who ever lived. . .and they're about to travel through time on an amazing journey that will change both their lives forever.THE STRIKE-OUT KING STRIKES IT RICH!

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. Joe feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-pay 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. Joe 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. . .

In the middle of the night, Joe wakes up to find himself face-to-face with the star of the 1909 World Series—HonusWagner—one of the greatest ballplayers who ever lived. . .and they're about to travel through time on an amazing journey that will change both their lives forever.

00-01 CA Young Reader Medal Masterlist
00-01 Young Reader's Choice Award Program Masterlist
2000-2001 Georgia's Picture Storybook Award & Georgia's Children's Book Award Masterlist
01 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Nominee Masterlist

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780790216
Publisher:
Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Baseball Card Adventure Series
Pages:
138
Sales rank:
471,265
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

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.

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series. He is also the author of the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world, and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than 9 million copies.

Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, Dan has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina. You can visit him online at www.dangutman.com.

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HilleReader More than 1 year ago
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!
Mrjohnnybuck More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever!!!!!! I would rate it 5million stars if i could!
Moni Slater More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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   
Bethann More than 1 year ago
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.
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Tee hee
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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.
skizze More than 1 year ago
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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I lovveeeeeeeeeeee this book
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This book is realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, and imformational.
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Very awesome i could not put it down
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I have not read the book yet but i read the others i know i am going to love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best in the series!!
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I love the entire book
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