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6 stars

Honus and Me

AR: 4.3
Lexile: 690
RC: 3.5
by Dan Gutman
Normal-length Novel
Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Joe Stoshack is a kid who is way into baseball cards. One day while cleaning his neighbor?s attic, he finds an Honus Wagner card - the most valuable card in the world! A few days later, he wakes up in the middle of the night to find that the real Honus Wagner is in his bedroom. Is he dreaming, or is there some actual time-traveling going on? And what's the connection between Honus and his neighbor?

     This book was an easy read and I liked the language pretty well. There were lots of interesting facts about old-time baseball and lots of information about Honus, which, by the way, is pronounced like "honest" without the "t". I kept wondering why Honus would appear to Joe just because Joe had found his card (there are about 40 such cards in existence), but I guess real magic doesn't need a reason. However, near the end something pretty cool does happen to Joe so I guess there really WAS a reason. All in all, this is a good book for baseball fans, just an okay book for everyone else.

Tags: baseball, boyz
(Last modified:07/18/2008)


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