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Abner & Me

Dan Gutman (2005), 176 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Fiction, Sports, Time Travel
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Joe Stoshack has a unique ability. Just by holding an old baseball card, he will travel back to the player's time and place. He has already visited many baseball greats, such as Honus Wagner, Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth. Stosh is up to his old tricks. Despite his mother's request that he go on no more baseball card trips, he is determined to travel back in time to find out if Abner Doubleday really did invent baseball. The only problem is that there is no baseball card depicting Doubleday. Stosh sends away for a photograph, hoping that will work. When the photograph arrives, his mother sees it, realizes what Stosh is up to, and insists on going with him. They find they have gotten more than they bargained for, when they land on the Gettysburg battlefield. Scenes from the battle and the army hospitals are graphically described, as Stosh learns that there is nothing romantic about war, and his mother's skills as a nurse are called upon. As it turns out, Abner Doubleday was a Civil War general, who was unfairly blamed for his troops' desertion at Gettysburg. He is very impressed by Stosh's mother's 21st century techniques. But, did Abner Doubleday really invent baseball?
Reviewed by: vverscaj
Date read: 9/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0060534435
ISBN-13: 9780060534431
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Ancient Greece and the Olympics

Mary Pope Osborne (2004), 121 pages
Illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Audience: 1st Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction, Sports
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Did you ever see Olympic events on TV and wonder where it all began? This book will tell you all about it! Find out how the Olympics got started in ancient Greece and what the Greeks used to do to compete. More fun facts about ancient Greek culture, such as information about the Greek gods, Greek architecture, Greek food, and Greek customs are also included.
Reviewed by: Kristen
Date read: 2/3/2016
ISBN-10: 0375923780
ISBN-13: 9780375923784
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Arcady's Goal

Eugene Yelchin (2014), 240 pages
Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Fiction, Historical, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Arcady, an orphan in Soviet Russia, is convinced his ticket out of the orphanage is being recruited for the Red Army Soccer Club. When a schoolteacher-turned-orphanage-inspector who Arcady mistakes as a talent scout shows up during a pickup game at the orphanage, Arcady expects liberation and a spot on his country's beloved soccer team, but not the love that might come with it. Will Arcady ever play for the Red Army Soccer Club or learn to accept a place in his new found home?
Similar books: All the Broken Pieces by Anne E. Burg; Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Reviewed by: BIS
Date read: 2/12/2016
ISBN-10: 0805098445
ISBN-13: 9780805098440
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Arthur and the Goalie Ghost

Marc Brown (2001), 64 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Sports
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When Buster sees the ghost of the famous goalie, Jacques Nettoyer, he is shocked. Buster's dream is to be like Nettoyer. Nettoyer claims he is there to help Buster with his skills. If that's true, why does Buster make so many mistakes when he tries to take the ghost's advice? Can Buster ever become the goalie he wants to be? Arthur and the Goalie Ghost is number 5 in the Arthur Good Sports Chapter Book series.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 10/22/2009
ISBN-10: 0316121460
ISBN-13: 9780316121460
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Arthur and the Race to Read

Marc Brown (2001), 64 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Sports
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Arthur's third grade class is running a race for charity! Everyone has to run, but no one agrees on how to prepare. Some kids read sports books; some kids do practice runs. Who will win? Arthur and the Race to Read is the first book in the Arthur Good Sports Chapter Book series.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 10/22/2009
ISBN-10: 0316120243
ISBN-13: 9780316120241
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