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Abner and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

Abner and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

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by Dan Gutman

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Cannons are blasting!
Bullets are flying!
Wounded soldiers are everywhere!

Stosh has time-traveled to 1863, right into the middle of the Civil War. In possibly his most exciting and definitely his most dangerous trip yet, Stosh has decided to answer the question for all time: did Abner Doubleday, a Civil War general,


Cannons are blasting!
Bullets are flying!
Wounded soldiers are everywhere!

Stosh has time-traveled to 1863, right into the middle of the Civil War. In possibly his most exciting and definitely his most dangerous trip yet, Stosh has decided to answer the question for all time: did Abner Doubleday, a Civil War general, really invent the game of baseball?

It's all here: big laughs, dramatic action, fast baseball games in the middle of a battlefield. You'll be blown away by this sixth amazing baseball card adventure!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Joey Stoshack, the hero of Gutman's five previous books about time traveling via baseball cards, here finds himself transported to the middle of the Battle of Gettysburg. He had merely intended to settle the question of whether Abner Doubleday had invented the game of baseball, but ends up in the most dangerous circumstances of the "Baseball Card Adventure" series. As Gutman writes in a prefatory Author's Note, "This book contains more violent scenes than my previous books. It may not be suitable for younger readers." For this outing, Joey's mother comes along for the time-travel. Her nursing skills are much needed for the amputations and other battlefield operations, but she is turned aside by doctors who have not yet heard of sterilization. For fans of the series, this installment has less baseball than they have grown accustomed to. During a break from battle, Joey comes across an early form of the game, and the different rules throw him off balance. By the end of his trip, he concludes that Doubleday did not invent baseball and that he does not want to do any more time-traveling. Unfortunately for Joey, his mother does, and persuades him to try—with her—to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Of course, they do not succeed, but it is a suspenseful story nonetheless. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Abby McGanney Nolan
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“The fun, adventure, and mixing of fact and fiction of the series are all well presented here.…”

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Abner & Me AER

Chapter One

Anti-Social Studies

"Hey, what's up with you, stoshack?"

Kenny Cohen was whispering from the seat behind mine. It was the middle of social studies and Mrs. Van Hook was giving a boring lecture about the Civil War. Something about the Missouri Compromise. Learning about battles and stuff was pretty cool, but all that junk about what led up to the war didn't interest me much.

"What do you mean, what's up with me?" I asked, leaning back in my chair so Mrs. Van Hook wouldn't catch me whispering to Kenny.

"People are talking about you, man."

"Oh yeah?" I asked Kenny. "And what are these people saying?"

"They're saying you're a freak. They're saying you got magic powers or something."

That got my attention.

"What kind of magic powers?" I asked, trying to sound as casual as possible."You know," Kenny said. "Like you can travel through time and crap like that."

"Yeah, right," I whispered. "Do you think that if I could travel through time and go to any year in the history of the world, I'd be sitting here listening to this?"

Kenny snickered.

The fact is, I can travel through time...with baseball cards.

That's not a joke. Ever since I was a little kid, I've had this . . . power, I guess you'd call it. Something strange happened to me whenever I touched an old baseball card. It was a buzzy, vibrating feeling. It didn't hurt, but it was kind of scary. I would drop the card right away, and the tingling sensation would stop.

Then one day, I decided to keep holding on to the card. That buzzy feeling went up my arm and across my body. And the next thing I knew, Iwas in a different place and a different time. I was in the year 1909 and I met Honus Wagner.

You don't have to believe me if you don't want to. But I know what happened to me. I can do it whenever I want.

What I didn't know was how Kenny Cohen found out I could travel through time. I hadn't exactly broadcast the news. I didn't want kids to think I was nuts. Only a few people knew about it. My mom and dad knew. My baseball coach, Flip Valentini, knew. My nine-year-old cousin Samantha knew.

"Yo, Kenny," I whispered, turning around in my seat, "who told you that crap about me?"

"Fuller," he said.

Bobby Fuller! That figured. I should have known. Bobby Fuller has had it in for me ever since I hit a double off him to break up his no-hitter. And that was back in our T-shirt league days! You'd think he would forget about it by the time we got to seventh grade. Bobby Fuller sure could hold a grudge.

In the past few weeks, he had been tormenting me whenever he saw me in the hall or on the ball field. I'm just glad he's not in any of my classes this year. Some people just rub you the wrong way. Fuller and Kenny were on the same team. They're a couple of prejuvenile delinquents. They should form the Future Inmates of America Club. I'm sure that ten years from now I'll pick up a newspaper and read that the two of them were arrested for something or other.

"Fuller said you were a freak," Kenny whispered. "He said you're an alien disguised as a human. He said he's gonna get you at the game after school today."

"That what he said?" I asked.

"Yeah, are you gonna show?"

"Of course I'm gonna show," I said. "Bobby Fuller doesn't scare me."

"Mr. Stoshack! Mr. Cohen!" Mrs. Van Hook suddenly said. "What is so important that you need to discuss it in the middle of my class?"

"Uh, baseball, Mrs. Van Hook," Kenny said.

What an idiot! Any fool knows that when the teacher catches you talking and asks you what you're talking about, you're supposed to say, "Nothing." Kenny Cohen is a moron.

"Baseball?" spat Mrs. Van Hook. "The Civil War was perhaps the most important event in our nation's history. It defined us as a nation. And you're talking about baseball? Tell me, do you boys find the Civil War to be boring?"

"Oh no, Mrs. Van Hook!" I said, jumping in before Kenny had the chance to say something stupid like, "Yes."

"Good. Because over the weekend I want you to read Chapter Twenty-six in your textbooks. There will be a test on this material next week."

Everybody groaned, out of habit. As we filed out of the room, Mrs. Van Hook pointed a finger at me and gestured for me to come to her desk.

"Is something wrong at home, Joseph?" she asked once all the other kids had left the room.

Most everybody at school knew that my dad had been in a pretty bad car accident not long ago. Some people had been acting weird toward me, going out of their way to be all nice to make me feel better.

"No," I said. "Everything's fine."

"I don't like what I see, Joseph," said Mrs. Van Hook. "Your grades have been slipping. You're heading for a C this marking period, maybe even a D. You're a better student than that."

"I'll bring it up, Mrs. Van Hook," I said. "Promise."

D in social studies. Ha! Little did I know that getting a D would be the least of my problems.

Abner & Me AER. 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 10 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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Abner and Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Official-Reader More than 1 year ago
With a little touch of violence in a war scene, Stosh traveled back to meet Abner Doubleday with his mom. They see some disguisting sights, and, oh, you can read the book for yourself!! But you'll have to buy it first. It's saying "Buy me, buy me!" Make sure to get Abner & Me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The greatest book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has mainly a war setting and i think that it is really cool bexause it was supposed to be about baseball and all of the other books in this series have abaseball setting. Five star book. Deserves 100000000000000000000000000000000 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very violent and scary in mosts parts of it but i love the series so i cant say its bad. This is deffinetly not a book for elementary kids unlike most of dan gutmans books but more for middle school. Im not going to tell you f its good or bad because i think you should find out yourself!! Read the sample to see if youll like it and if you do read it but if not then thats fine. His other baseball card books i think are better but this one isnt bad. I dont think i liked as much because itdidnt have that much to do with baseball and i really like baseball. Go royals!! I <3 them. I was at world series game 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. I think its informational and fun!!! Greatest book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it 10 stars atleast
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading book for students and kids will LOVE it  Janine drexsol 5th grade teachers
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Stosh and his mother had two fantastically described adventures. I highly recommend it for young readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book about Joe Stoshack and his mom going back in time to see if Abner Doubleday really invented baseball.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is way too violent. It also does not make sense because in the beginning, joe and his mom go to abner's time. Then, they come back to their own time. Then, they go and try to stop lincoln's assanation. In other words, i would not reccomend this book to anyone. I am very disapointed, most of these books are really good. Sorry, mr. Gutman.
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Martin Moore More than 1 year ago
Today Im going to finish this book wich is awesome
Aidan Laurie More than 1 year ago
This book is a great mix beeteen baseball and war. Stosh the main character is obviously hungry for adventure and set out to find the inventer of baseball with his time traveling powers. I reccomend this book to people who love baseball or war history. This book is one of the best in the series and fits kids and adault likings.
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TWINS16 More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome because it is about a boy who has a special power and can traavel back in time using baseball cards. My favorite part was when the boy threw his mom's umbrella out of her purse when they were travelling back in time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was about a kid named Joe Stoshack who traveled back in time to figure out who really invented baseball. The theme was bravery and hope. He went back in time and ended up in the middle of a battle. He found the guy he was looking for because he was the general. That guy ended up not even knowing how to play baseball. Then later they try to stop Abraham Lincoln from dying but it ended up not working out. I liked this story because it gave a lot of information about the Civil War and baseball. It talked a lot about what happened during that time period in an entertaining way. I would recommend this book for a sports lover and a reader that enjoys suspense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was a really gross scene with amputations and a lot of blood. Out of all of the Baseball Card Adventures, this one had the least amount of baseball.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dan Gutman has done it again with his latest book, Abner & me. Joe Stoshack looks like a normal boy, but he has a great power. When he holds a card or a picture he goes back to the time it was taken. This is both a gift and a curse. He loves traveling, but he is always getting into trouble. Join Joe and his mom on a journey through time Joe wants to answer a big question. Did Abner Doubleday invent baseball? When he went to find out, he took an unexpected detour. He and his mom ended up right in the middle of 'The Battle of Gettysburg.' They had to dodge bullets and cannon shots while racing to Abner Doubleday. Can they find Doubleday? Only love and determination will help them. This book will take you on a rollercoaster ride. The characters are so real you will swear you are right there with them. Joe is amazingly mature. He might be more mature than his mom. There is only one drawback to this book. The ending was quick and unexciting. It had nothing to do with the story. Abner & me is a must read. You have to pick up this book if you love baseball. You will never want to put it down. You will have an amazing time reading this book. This might be Dan Gutman¿s best child book. You can even learn something about the dangers of the civil war. Enjoy Dan Gutman¿s book Abner & me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Abner and me is probably a good book because all the other baseball ccard adventure books.What happens in the book is this stosh discovers he can travel through time using pictures to so he invites his mom to come back in time to see if abner doubleday really invented baseball. He goes back in time to 1861 during the civil war.He also tries to stop the assanation of Aberham Lincon.
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
This book was awful. It is about a boy named Joe Stoshack and his mother going to the civil war and trying to see if Abner Doubleday really did invent the incredible game of baseball, America's favorite pass time. After that they find out that he really didn't invent the game, nor did he have a clue how to even play the game. After that they decide to go and see if they can change history and stop the Lincoln assassination. While doing that they meet up with a previous friend from the first time traveling adventure from the beginning of the book. I wouldn't recommend horrible book to anyone on the planet earth or in the galaxy. It's short and the last part of this book doesn't make any sense.