Two Hot Dogs with Everythingby Paul Haven, Mark Zug (Illustrator)
Danny Gurkin believes in his heart that the Sluggers are the best team in baseball. There's just the small matter of breaking a century-old curse involving a pretzel, a bubble-gum tycoon, and a missing shortstop. Danny also believes that the outcome of Sluggers' games depends on him and hot dogs. Because eating two hot dogs with everything before each game is the
Danny Gurkin believes in his heart that the Sluggers are the best team in baseball. There's just the small matter of breaking a century-old curse involving a pretzel, a bubble-gum tycoon, and a missing shortstop. Danny also believes that the outcome of Sluggers' games depends on him and hot dogs. Because eating two hot dogs with everything before each game is the best kind of luck a fan can give his team. Danny Ghurkin has a date with baseball destiny; he just doesn't know it. Yet.
Marilyn Courtot <%ISBN%>037583348X
"Haven's quirky style with an eye for oddball detail and comic hyperbole will remind readers of Roald Dahl and Eva Ibotson."—School Library Journal
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
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The Seven Keys of Arachosia
Bahauddin Shah stumbled through the darkened passageway, gripping the cold stone wall for balance and keeping his head low to avoid the rocky ceiling. The sound of his footsteps echoed back at him through the gloom, and his heart thumped beneath his loose-fitting shirt.
The old man wore a heavy iron key chain around his belt, and it weighed down on him in more ways than one.
There was so little time!
Bahauddin held a small lantern in his right hand that threw his shadow onto the dark red wall above him, making his face seem impossibly long and his beard even thicker than it really was, which was pretty thick indeed. The shadow would have scared the living daylights out of anyone who'd seen it, except there was no daylight down there, and certainly nobody living to be scared of it.
The tunnel twisted and turned. Every once in a while smaller passageways veered off at odd angles into the darkness. Sometimes Bahauddin came out into vast open rooms that rose up into shapeless voids. There were even enormous darkened ponds, wretched and foul-smelling, like the stink of rotten eggs.
Bahauddin covered his nose with a piece of old cloth and tried to stay focused. A man could easily get lost in the Salt Caverns.
In fact, that was the whole idea.
But Bahauddin would not get lost. He knew every corner of this underground world, and his old body pulled him toward the exit like a falcon returning to his master's arm.
Bahauddin had just turned into a wet, narrow passage and was examining some black markings on the wall when the thud of cannon fire above him jolted him to the ground. Debris rained down from the ceiling as he knelt on the floor, catching his breath.
His hand groped for the key chain, and he smiled when his fingers felt the cold iron.
They were all there. All seven of them.
The blast that had knocked Bahauddin to the ground could not have been more than twenty feet above him. He was nearly at the surface.
For the first time, Bahauddin allowed himself to think what he would find up there, twelve hours after he had set off on the most important mission of his life. What would be left of his city, his family, the palace?
"It does not matter," the old man reassured himself, brushing his clothes off in the darkness. "Baladis are survivors. We will rebuild. It just might take some time."
The outsiders would eventually lose interest, just like all the other outsiders who had come before them, Bahauddin thought.
Balabad's great defense was that it was impossible to hold on to, and any rational outsider eventually came to the same conclusion. There were vast deserts in the south, impossibly tall mountain ranges in the east, endless plains in the west, and ten thousand feuding tribes in the north, all angry about some _long-_ago slight, and all willing to drag a foreigner into their squabbles.
Of course, it usually took a decade or so before the invaders would see that it was not worth sticking around, for invaders do not easily give up.
Bahauddin reached the end of the narrow passageway and held his lantern above his head. A small shaft ran straight up from the stone ceiling, about the size of a chimney and just big enough for a man to climb through. You would never have seen it had you not known where to look.
A deep smile creased Bahauddin's face. He clamped his teeth around the lantern's metal handle and jumped as high as he could. His fingers barely gripped a thick iron rung, the first in a series of handles hammered into the red and pink salt rock, so long ago they'd become a part of it.
Bahauddin grunted as he pulled himself up, his strong hands climbing the rungs one after another and his legs dangling below him. He could feel the warmth of the lantern through his beard and hoped it wouldn't catch fire.
This really was a job for a much younger man, Bahauddin thought, but he would have to do. In any case, a much younger man would not have known the secrets of the Salt Caverns. A much younger man most certainly could not have been trusted to take the king's most prized possession into the bowels of the earth, and then to seal the Royal Vault shut. A much younger man would have valued his life too much to return to the surface and to almost certain death.
There was more cannon and musket fire from above, and it was louder now, closer. Bahauddin gripped the cold rungs as hard as he could. He could hear the screams of townsfolk above him now, the fall of horses' hooves, and the angry shouts of soldiers. He took a deep breath and continued to climb.
Waiting somewhere in all that chaos were the king's seven sons, young men whose very lives depended on Bahauddin's success. Each clutched a _hand-_drawn map of the known world, and each had been assigned one of Agamon's seven fastest stallions. Bahauddin prayed he would not be too late.
At the top of the shaft was a large iron cover. Bahauddin released the lantern from his teeth and let it fall in a streak of suicidal light--one second, two seconds, three seconds--until it shattered against the passageway below.
No matter. He would not need it anymore.
The old man took one hand off the last rung and pushed up on the iron cover. It took all his might to ease it aside.
Bahauddin Shah, patriarch of the Shah clan, most trusted adviser to King Agamon the Great, and sacred keeper of the Seven Keys of Arachosia, clambered up into the daylight.
From the Hardcover edition.
Meet the Author
A born and bred New Yorker, Paul Haven has traveled around the world working as a reporter for the Associated Press. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Madrid, Spain.
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Everyone in my school has to read it. I love it so far and i am only in the first inning it is simply an awesome book
This book was a very interesting book. I am 12 years old amd i used it for my 7th grade book project and it was a very awesome book. It has plot twists, interesting characters, and it grabbed my attention immediently. I was never bored by this book either. Tje only problem is , whay is the conflct? If you could just write back to me and title the review, " hey emily". Thanks a million!!!!!
This book is a definite read. Fantastic
I'm a huge baseball fan and very superstitious. The only difference is that Danny's actually work all the time. Didn't like the ending.
I remember the first time that I picked up this book, I can tell you that this book has given me so much joy to read and I'm not even that big a baseball, fan but I am a big football fan so I can definitely relate to traditions and superstions on gameday. This book is a pleasure to read and a joy for any sports gan
The reason I liked this book, Two Hot Dogs With Everything, was because of how the author made the story almost seem like it was happening in real life. Another reason I liked this book was because of what the characters discovered during their trip to a mansion and that the fate of a baseball team relys on Danny, the main character. The only reason I didn't like the book, Two Hot Dogs With Everything, is because of how the book ends during the most exciting part.
Many sports books have been written, but none greater than this. 'Two Hot Dogs with Everything' shows what people will do to make their favorite team win. It's an amazing book filled with superstitions and hope that a bad team will rise and win. Paul Haven's love of baseball makes this book a winner of the World Series of books. It should be in the Hall of Fame.
This is such a great book!! I'm a huge baseball fan and about as superstitious as they come, and the main character in this book is the same way. The only difference is he finds a way to make his team win through his superstitions, and I still haven't!!! I read this book in just three days, which is pretty fast for me. It is so funny and the characters are great. I would recommend it for anybody, even if you aren't a baseball fan!
This book was the quintessential baseball fan's book. I read an advance galley copy and loved it! I teach fourth grade and can't wait to read it to my class. As a baseball fan, the idea of my own superstitions actually affecting a team's record is fantastic! Children can relate to the crazy antics of the main character. A definite crowd-pleaser!