Jackie & me

Dan Gutman

Book - 1999

With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards, Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson, turning into a black boy in the process.

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A baseball card adventure
New York : Avon Books 1999.
Item Description
Sequel to: Honus and me.
Physical Description
145 p. : ill
Main Author
Dan Gutman (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gr. 4^-7. Joe Stoshack discovered his special power to travel back in time using baseball cards in Gutman's Honus and Me (1997). Now Joe has been assigned a report on a famous African American, and what better way to research the subject, Jackie Robinson, than to take a trip back to 1947? But Joe's wish to know what it was like for Robinson lands Joe in Brooklyn as an African American, and he experiences firsthand the racial prejudice and discrimination of the time. Although he fails in his efforts to make his father rich by bringing baseball cards back from the past when he returns, he gains an appreciation of Robinson's courage and strength in breaking baseball's color barrier. Fans will overlook the simplistic treatment of racism and the relative ease with which Joe's mother grants him permission to time travel and simply enjoy the baseball action, which is enhanced by historical photos of Robinson's rookie year. ((Reviewed February 1, 1999)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4-7-Fans of the author's Honus & Me (Avon, 1997) know that young Joe Stoshack has the ability to visit the past via baseball cards. As part of a project for Black History Month, he gets his mitt on a loaned Jackie Robinson card to visit 1947 New York City and the man who broke the major league baseball color line. Not only does Joe travel back in time over 50 years, stay at the Robinson's apartment, and become a bat boy for the Dodgers, but he is also transformed from a Polish American into an African American, introducing some interesting perspectives on race in the mid-20th century. The book is accurate in its baseball statistics, the geography and lingo of Brooklyn, and, unfortunately, in some of the harsh racial terms applied to African Americans in the 1940s. Fans of America's favorite pastime will particularly appreciate the detail and descriptions of some great games, including the 1947 World Series. An interesting addendum puts the story into further historical context and explains some of the liberties the author took writing the book. Full of action, this title will spark history discussions and be a good choice for book reports and leisure reading.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 1999 School Library Journal Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In the sequel to Honus & Me, Joe Stoshack uses another of his magical baseball cards to travel back in time to Brooklyn in 1947 to meet the man responsible for breaking the color barrier in major league baseball, but his encounter with Jackie Robinson will change his life forever.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards, Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson, turning into a Black boy in the process

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Like every other kid in his class, Joe Stoscack has to write a report on an African American who's made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning report. But he doesn't plan on a trip that will for a short time change the color of his skin--and forever change his view of history and his definition of courage.Joe Stoshack has really done it this time. When a pitcher insults his Polish heritage, Joe flings his bat and prompts an on-field brawl that ends in a two-team pileup. he's suspended from Little League...indefinitely. At school, his teacher assigns an oral report for Black History Month. The topic? An African-American who has made a significant contribution to American society. The prize for the best report is four tickets to a cool local amusement park. But Joe doesn't know where to begin. If he could just get his hands on a certain Jackie Robinson baseball card...