Jackie and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

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Like every other kid in his class, Joe Stoscack has to write a report on an African American who's made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning report. But he doesn't...
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Like every other kid in his class, Joe Stoscack has to write a report on an African American who's made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning report. But he doesn't plan on a trip that will for a short time change the color of his skin -- and forever change his view of history and his definition of

01-02 Golden Sower Award Masterlist (YA Cat.) and 00 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Book Award (Intermed. Cat.)

Like every other kid in his class, Joe Stoshack has to write a report on an African American who's made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning report. But he doesn't plan on a trip that will for a short time change the color of his skin--and forever change his view of history and his definition of courage.

With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards, Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson, turning into a black boy in the process.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
Dan Gutman has devised a wonderful mechanism for teaching social history while telling a great tale.
Buffalo News
Pounds home a powerful message about a great man in a kid-friendly way...great play-by-play action.
School Library Journal
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.
Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Following up on his successful Honus & Me, Gutman has brought back time-traveling Joe Stoshack. This time, he goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson-and when he arrives, Joe is an African-American kid. Gutman uses this plot technique to show the reader the kinds of prejudice Robinson endured. In turn, Robinson teaches Joe, through example, that no one can make you feel inferior without your permission. The story is simple yet rewarding, a good bet for a reluctant reader who loves baseball or collects sports cards (there's a subplot about that hobby).
School Library Journal
Gr 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380800841
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Baseball Card Adventure Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 82,335
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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Jackie & Me AERChapter OneThe Inn

"You can't hit, Stoshack!"Bobby Fuller yelled at me from the pitcher's mound. "You couldn't hit water if you fell off a boat!"

I stepped into the batter's box. Bobby Fuller busted my chops all last season. Now it was our first practice game and he was starting in again. I dug my left toe into the dirt and got set for his first pitch.

"You're ugly, too, Stoshack."

Fuller knows he can rattle me. That's why he does it. My team, the Yellow Jackets, had a one-run lead in the fifth inning. The runners at second and third took their leads. Two outs. A hit would put the game out of reach. Fuller needed to strike me out. I was doing my best not to let him get to me.

"Did I mention stupid?" Fuller asked. I pumped my bat back and forth. "You're stupid, too, Stoshack."

A few of Fuller's teammates snickered. I felt the blood rushing to my face. Try to act like it doesn't bother you, I said to myself. Try to act like it doesn't bother you.

"You gonna take that, Stoshack?" the catcher whispered to me, quietly enough so that even the umpire wouldn't hear. "What kind of a wimp are you?"

It would be so easy. I could just turn around, take my bat, and brain the catcher with it. Do some real damage. His mask would provide only so much protection. That would shut him up. And it would feel so good.

"Stick it in his ear, Bobby!" the shortstop hollered.

The coaches are always telling us about the importance of sportsmanship. The Louisville Little League has strict rules about how we're supposed to act, and what we're allowed to say to the other team during our games. I guess Bobby Fuller and histeammates never got the message. Their coach didn't seem to care.

"You know you can't hit me, Stoshack," Fuller said as he looked in for the sign. "Because you're a big, slow, ugly, dumb Polack!"

That's it.

Call me ugly. Call me stupid. Say I can't hit. But don't make fun of my nationality or you're gonna pay.

I didn't wait for the pitch. I brought the bat back and flung it at Fuller as hard as I could. It went spinning out of my hands and flew toward the pitcher's mound, about thigh high. Fuller freaked. He jumped to avoid the bat shooting toward him. It zipped about an inch below his heels and skittered all the way to second base.

"This ain't hockey, Stoshack," the umpire warned me. "You're out of the game!"

I didn't care. When I saw Fuller skip out of the way of my bat, I lost control. I made a fist and charged the mound. I was ready to rip his head off. Fuller flung away his glove and put his fists up.

"You wanna fight, Stoshack?" he laughed. "I'll kick your butt!"

I could see Fuller's teammates converging on the mound to defend him, but it didn't matter. There could have been a hundred guys out there. I still would have tried to bust Fuller's skull in.

Before I reached the mound, the catcher jumped on my back from behind and knocked me down. By that time, my teammates had rushed off the bench and stormed the field.

I couldn't tell exactly what happened next. I was at the bottom of a pile of bodies. There was a lot of yelling. I felt some punches being thrown at my head. Somebody stepped on my hand. Mostly, it was just the weight of a bunch of kids on top of me.

It took about ten minutes for the coaches to calm everybody down and peel all the kids off the pile. I was the last one to get up. I was okay, but my hand was throbbing. Coach Hutchinson wrapped his burly arm around my shoulder and steered me roughly back to the bench.

"The season hasn't even started yet!" he complained. "What are you trying to do, get yourself suspended?"

I glanced at Fuller. Nobody laid a glove on him. He smirked and turned away. I tore away from Coach Hutchinson and went after Fuller again.

"I'm gonna kill you, Fuller!" I yelled.

This time the umpire tackled me, sending me facefirst into the dirt around home plate. He lay on top of me, not letting me move.

"You got a problem, young man," the ump said in my ear. "You're not gonna play in this league again until you solve it."

Coach Hutchinson was furious with me. So was my mom. The Yellow Jackets forfeited the game. My left pinky was sprained. I was suspended from the Little League indefinitely.

Jackie & Me AER. 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 September 13, 2009

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    read jackie and me.... GREAT BOOK

    Two thumbs up for Dan Gutman and the book Jackie and Me. This book is great for any reluctant readers. The book Jackie and Me tells of a kid named Joe Stoshack who travels back in time to 1947 to see Jackie Robinson play ball and see all of the racist people Jackie had to face. The reason why Joe goes back in time is because he has to do a report on Jackie Robinson. When Joe goes back in time he turns into an African American. Joe faces all of the discrimination Jackie had to face from the whites, the fans,and his teammates. Joe takes part in history when he watches Jackie break the color barrier. This is a fantastic story and teaches you a lesson and that is to never let your feelings get the best of you.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    very good book

    I really like the series and this is one of dans best books yet!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Great read

    Myself liking cards helped me understand part of it more, but you still will understand and like the book. It is based in1947 in Brooklyn, as the main charecter Joe Stoshstack uses his unique power to travel through time with baseball cards. He finds himself as an african american. And as the dodgers batboy. Paft of his goal is to get some rare baseball cards for his dad. But he forgets them, and you willhave to find out what happens next. Bi!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Jackie and me

    This is my all time favorite book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Great read

    My 9 year old and I really enjoyed reading this together!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

                     Jackie and Me was a surprisingly good book. Dan

                     Jackie and Me was a surprisingly good book. Dan Gutman wrote a beautifully detailed play-by-play of what happened in 1947.
    This book is a must read for baseball lovers.
                     This book describes how segregation was so harsh then. Jackie Robinson is one of the main reasons that segregation was
    outlawed, and how we live today. Jackie Robinson made it possible for colored people to play in the Major Leagues. He was the first
     baseball player to earn the Rookie of the Year award.
                      In this book, Joe Stoshack goes back in time to learn about Jackie Robinson for a history project, but he runs into a bit of
    trouble back in 1947.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 7, 2013

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    Posted November 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    Awesime best book ever

    I luv this book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Favorite book

    You have to read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    awesome

    awesom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Jackie Robinson is up to plate... and.... its another homer 4 da baseball books by Dan Gutmaan!!!

    This book was excellent. Following up to Honus and Me, Joe Stostack "stosh" gets another tingling sensation when picking up a 1947 jackie Robinson Rookie Card. He again goes on an amazing adventure this time w the first african american bsball player Jackie Robinson. Ive read the first 6 books in this series and i have to admit this is the one that keep me reading more and is also the most suspensfulllll.... -> ;) Keep Reading.... ;) Soo.. on Jackies 1st day, he gets called some hurtfullllll stuf and is not letting anything get in his way, On the OPPOSITE SIDE<>>> STosh gets into a fight with his BatBoy Boss Ant. Ant is suspicios of Stosh coming from the future and attemps to rip a NEW bseballl card from Stosh-"his ticket home" :(> This book taught me alot and was also an exciting book for a kid who likes baseball, Dan Gutman, and reading. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    #niggerlover

    Thats me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Stupid

    I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE, AND DI I MENTION HATE HATE HATE BASEBALL??? ITS SO STUPID!!!!!!!!! -LENNON

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Awesome

    Really good book

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    Baseball fantasy with a moral

    My 9-year old grandson loves baseball and needs to do more reading. This series has intrigued him. I've only read a little of the books but they each carry lessons. Jackie & Me examines prejudice, Shoeless Joe & Me is about honesty. The fantasy of the middle-school boy, also named Joe, being able to go back and meet these baseball greats keeps my grandson's interest during his entire reading time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Jackie & me

    Great book read with class everyone loved it so much eveyone shoulld get this book because it shows raisism and what Joe Stoshack and jackie robinson have to go through in a twist sort of way very fun

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Awesome

    This book is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Love it

    You should read this it is crazy awesome!!!!!!!!

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