In this latest Baseball Card Adventure, Shoeless Joe & Me by Dan Gutman, Joe "Stosh" Stoshack travels back to 1919 but will he be in time to prevent Shoeless Joe Jackson from being implicated in a conspiracy to throw the World Series? ( Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Frequently described as the greatest scandal in baseball, the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 made famous the name Shoeless Joe Jackson. Many books and movies have been made detailing this moment in sports history. In spite of the debate about what should have been done with the players and whether Joe Jackson was treated fairly, the result of the scandal and its effect on baseball will always be the same. Or will it? What would you do if you could warn Shoeless Joe Jackson and the others? What if you could help change what happened to such great baseball players? What if just by holding a baseball card you could go back in time and see such great players as Satchel Page or Babe Ruth? Some might decide that with such a power they would go back and warn Joe Jackson and the others of what was going to happen. That is exactly what Joe Stoshack, a thirteen-year-old baseball player, is going to do. In the same style as his other books with Joe Stoshack, Dan Gutman uses a detailed knowledge of baseball and history to create a wonderful story. Just picking up the book, the reader is intrigued to find out how this young man is going to change the course of history and what that could mean for baseball. Recommended for any collection of historical fiction. 2002, HarperCollins Children's Books, Orsborn
This new Baseball Card Adventure again features Joe Stoshack, a thirteen-year-old boy who can travel through time via old baseball trading cards. When Joe slides safely into base but is called out, he complains to Flip, team sponsor. Flip compares Joe's situation with ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson's in the fixed 1919 World Series. Although innocent, Shoeless Joe was ousted from baseball. Joe decides to alter Shoeless Joe's fate and travels through time after promising to photograph his relatives Gladys and Wilbur, children in that era. Once in 1919, readers witness exciting pregame events and meet Shoeless Joe, who comes to life through little-known facts, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The game proceeds, and after Joe photographs his relatives, he gives antibiotics to Wilbur, ailing from then-deadly influenza. Middle school history and/or baseball buffs will devour this novel despite improbabilities, particularly Joe outwitting World Series gamblers or giving Shoeless Joe's priceless autographs to Flip. Joe also fails to recognize longtime family member Wilbur, a puzzling presentation when Joe's travel clearly saved Wilbur rather than Shoeless Joe. The ending finds Joe receiving another mistaken call, but this time one that allows for his team's victory. Considering his concern over Shoeless Joe's story, Joe's gleeful acceptance of the mistaken call in a championship game seems disheartening. Nevertheless Shoeless Joe is compelling, and Joe's adventures are exciting. An appendix relays the fate of players in the 1919 Series and additional information about Shoeless Joe Jackson. Previous entries in the series are Honus and Me (Avon, 1997), Jackie and Me (Avon/Camelot, 1999), andBabe and Me (Avon/Camelot, 2000/VOYA April 2000), $15.89. Photos. Appendix. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2002, HarperCollins, 165p, $15.95. Ages 11 to 14. Reviewer: Lisa M. Hazlett SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
Gr 4-7-"Life isn't always fair," the team's sponsor tells 13-year-old Joe "Stosh" Stoshack after an umpire errs in calling him out during the Louisville Little League Championship. To reinforce his message, Flip tells the boy about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, when gamblers allegedly paid Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven other members of the Chicago White Sox to throw the World Series. They were expelled from baseball for life, but Flip contends that the illiterate Jackson was innocent. What Flip doesn't know is that Stosh can time travel into the past via old baseball cards. He goes back to 1919 to try to save Shoeless Joe and meets him shortly before the fateful payoff is about to be made. The criminals are out to make sure that nothing interferes with their profits and are willing to kill the boy if necessary. Antique photographs, baseball cards, and news clippings add to the authentic representation of the time. Action is intense and exciting, both on and off the baseball field, and there are touches of humor when Stosh mixes up his own era with 1919. The story evokes strong sympathy for Jackson, and an endnote suggests that readers write to the Baseball Hall of Fame in support of his induction. The fourth in a series, this novel is an intriguing melding of sports history and science fiction that should be a hit with middle-school readers.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Stories of time travel have appealed to readers for generations. Self-hypnosis, machines, time warps, and countless other devices have propelled heroes into amazing adventures. Thirteen-year-old Joe Stoshack has a unique method. He can travel back to any time period by holding on to an appropriate antique baseball card. Using this device, he has met Honus Wagner, Jackie Robinson, and Babe Ruth. In this fourth installment in the series, he travels to the year 1919, when America is reeling from the losses of The Great War, and even more so from the influenza epidemic that has killed millions, and when baseball is nearly destroyed as a result of the notorious "Black Sox Scandal." Our hero "Stosh" overhears notorious gambler Arnold Rothstein and his cronies as they plot with members of the Chicago White Sox to throw the World Series. Shoeless Joe Jackson wants no part of the fix. When one of the players gives him $5,000 "on account" from the gamblers, he tries to give it to team owner Comiskey and warn him of what is to come, but he is not believed. Joe plays his heart out, but cannot overcome the maneuvers of those in on the fix. Stosh tries desperately to help Jackson, but he is unable to change the outcome. Jackson will be banned from baseball for life as one of the "eight men out." In charming subplots, Stosh saves the boy who would be his great uncle by giving him the flu medicine he has carried with him into the past and, by virtue of obtaining rare, authentic autographs from the nearly illiterate Jackson, he saves his friend's business when he returns to his own time. Gutman keeps the action fast-paced and exciting. He creates a strong sense of time and place, using photographs andnewspaper clippings, as well as Stosh's acute observations, in a neat interweaving of fact and fantasy. In an afterword, he sets the record straight by clearly distinguishing the two elements. An entertaining romp that will appeal to those who love baseball, history, and fantasy. (Fiction. 9-12)