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Gutman, Dan.
New York : HarperCollins, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
ISBN 0060292547

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Joe Stoshack is back again in a new adventure.  Joe has a talent that others don't believe.  You see, Joe can travel back in time.  All he needs is a baseball card and he's off and running.  After hearing the story of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the 1919 Black Sox scandal, Joe decides that he will travel back and stop the fix of the World Series.  At first his mother is against it.  Yes, he has traveled several times before without getting hurt, but there is always a first time.  When she gives in, Joe has the chance to change history.  When he meets Joe Jackson, he learns that Shoeless Joe is not in on the fix.  He does all he can to stop it.  Can Joe Stoshack change history?  Will his efforts change the present?

Booktalk #2

Using baseball cards to travel back in time?  It doesn't seem possible.  But that is what Joe Stoshack can do.  Flip, the local Sports Card shop owner, tells Joe about his favorite baseball player, Shoeless Joe Jackson and the 1919 Black Sox Scandal that ruined his career.  The Black Sox Scandal involved a group of men that tried to bribe several of the teammates on Shoeless Joe’s team to lose the World Series in exchange for a hefty payoff.  Joe gets an idea that if he travels back in time, he may be able to prevent the scandal from occurring.  Can Joe Stoshack prevent Shoeless Joe from taking the bait of bribery to lose the World Series?  (Angela Alberty,, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC)

SUBJECTS:     Jackson, Joe, 1888-1951 -- Fiction.
                        Chicago White Sox (Baseball team) -- History -- Fiction.
                        Time travel -- Fiction.


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