Honus and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

Honus and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

by Dan Gutman


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ISBN-13: 9780380788781
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/21/2003
Series: Baseball Card Adventure Series
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 26,887
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series; 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 12 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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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.

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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.
Trina08 on LibraryThing 7 hours ago
The story was about a young boy who wanted to get some money for a new pair of shoes, so he decided to clean up his next door neighbor attic for money. While he was cleaning the attic he found a baseball card that had Honus name on it. The card was magical. Honus and him went on adventures and at the end of the story the little boy found out that Honus use to date his next door neighbor. This is a story about moral values and honesty children should have. This is a great book for fourth graders.
Omrythea on LibraryThing 7 hours ago
Boys into sports may really like this book.
stoog on LibraryThing 7 hours ago
come on Honus, help me at least hit the stinkin ball
bostonfan on LibraryThing 7 hours ago
It's a very good book and sporty kind of book
mrsarey on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Joe Stoshack loves baseball and is excited when he finds a rare baseball card of Honus Wagner. When he touches it, he travels back in time and learns more about this shadowy baseball figure.
mspioneer on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The book is about a kid Joe who cleans out an old lady's attic. He finds an Honus Wagner baseball card worth a million $. Something magical seems to happen to him Read to find out. It you like baseball you may enjoy this one. -M.D
MattW1 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is a great book. A kid who struggles on his baseball team travels back in time using a Honus Wagner baseball card. He goes back to when Honus was in the world series against Ty Cobb and the detroit tigers. He learns a valuable lesson there too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lovveeeeeeeeeeee this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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