Roberto and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

Roberto and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

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by Dan Gutman
     
 

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Sometimes you can change history . . . and sometimes history can change you.

When Stosh travels into the past to meet Roberto Clemente, a legendary ballplayer and a beloved humanitarian, he's got only one goal: warning Roberto not to get on the doomed plane that will end his life in a terrible crash. In the sixties, Stosh

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Sometimes you can change history . . . and sometimes history can change you.

When Stosh travels into the past to meet Roberto Clemente, a legendary ballplayer and a beloved humanitarian, he's got only one goal: warning Roberto not to get on the doomed plane that will end his life in a terrible crash. In the sixties, Stosh meets free-spirited Sunrise, and together they travel across the country to a ball game that leaves them breathless—and face-to-face with Roberto. But when the time comes for Stosh to return to the future, he finds that the adventure has only just begun. . . .

Join Stosh and Sunrise on a journey that will take you into the past, from the excitement of Woodstock to a life-changing encounter with Roberto Clemente—and into a surprising future!

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Kirkus Reviews
In the tenth of the Baseball Card Adventures, young Joe "Stosh" Stoshack goes back in time to warn star player and renowned humanitarian Roberto Clemente not to board the plane full of relief supplies that crashed, killing him, in 1972. Throwing in a little something for his audience's grandparents, the author has Stosh overshoot the mark to land in 1969-at Woodstock, just in time to hear Jimi Hendrix play the "Star Spangled Banner" and then to catch a ride with hippies in a VW bus to a game in Cincinnati where he gets an inspirational pep talk from the hero himself after witnessing some of the man's amazing on-field feats. Hardly does Stosh get a chance to absorb what he's learned about baseball and about caring for others than his own great-grandson arrives to carry him forward in time to 2080, where humanity hangs on the verge of extinction thanks to global warming. A less veteran author might struggle to pack all of this in, but Gutman delivers just the right blend of action and information before closing with both a table of Clemente's career stats and a list of eco-activist websites. (Baseball fantasy. 10-12)
Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
"A Baseball Card Adventure," this is a fun and innovative way to weave facts into a fictional story. The premise is that Joe Stoshack (Stosh) has the ability to time travel with the help of baseball cards from the targeted year. When Stosh's Spanish teacher tells him about her connection to baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, he decides to warn Clemente about the timing and circumstances of his death. Stosh lands in the middle of the Woodstock music festival in 1969, so he also tries to warn Jimi Hendrix to stay away from drugs. He meets Clemente, who patiently listens to his story and promises to consider not getting on the fated airplane. Stosh also meets his great grandson, who shows him what global warming has done to our future planet. Stosh promises to help slow down global warming. In the end, he has the most influence on his Spanish teacher's life. In an afterword, the author discusses which portions of his story are factual and which are pure fiction. He also provides resources for finding out more about Roberto Clemente and the environment. The story is fast paced and should hold a boy's interest. Reviewer: Sue Poduska
VOYA - Mark Irish
This is the author's tenth book in the baseball adventure series. Time traveler and baseball fan Joe "Stosh" Stoshack travels through time to convince baseball great Roberto Clemente not to get on an airplane delivering supplies needed for earthquake-devastated Nicaragua. That flight ultimately ends Clemente's life on December 31, 1972 after it crashes into the ocean. After arriving in 1969, Stosh attends a Jimi Hendrix concert where he meets Sunshine, and they go together via Volkswagon Bug to warn Clemente not to board the plane. When returning home, he meets his great grandson who travels through time to warn him of the future. Stosh —for the first time—travels to the future and discovers how he has to change the mind-set of the present in order to prevent future environmental disaster. This is a great book for reluctant readers and baseball fans. Reviewer: Mark Irish

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061986673
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Series:
Baseball Card Adventure Series
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
570,326
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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