Jackie & Me by Dan Gutman

By Dan Gutman

Like any different child in his classification, Joe Stoscack has to jot down a file on an African American who is made a tremendous contribution to society. not like another child in his type, Joe has a different expertise: with the aid of previous baseball playing cards, he can commute via time. So for his document, Joe makes a decision to return to satisfy one of many maximum baseball avid gamers ever, Jackie Robinson, to determine what it was once prefer to be the fellow who broke baseball's colour barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning document. yet he does not plan on a visit that would for a little while swap the colour of his epidermis -- and ceaselessly switch his view of historical past and his definition of 01-02 Golden Sower Award Masterlist (YA Cat.) and 00 Pennsylvania Keystone to interpreting publication Award (Intermed. Cat.)Like some other child in his classification, Joe Stoshack has to jot down a file on an African American who is made a major contribution to society. not like some other child in his classification, Joe has a distinct expertise: with the aid of previous baseball playing cards, he can go back and forth via time. So for his record, Joe comes to a decision to return to fulfill one of many maximum baseball gamers ever, Jackie Robinson, to determine what it used to be prefer to be the guy who broke baseball's colour barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning record. yet he does not plan on a visit that might for a short while switch the colour of his skin--and perpetually switch his view of background and his definition of braveness.

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Just plain old happiness in some cases. The men were dressed in suits and ties. The women were wearing fancy dresses and jewelry. They had dressed up like they were going to church. An old man kept shaking his head back and forth. He must have never thought the day would come when an African-American would be a part of what was always called the National Pastime. Dozens of people gathered around, handing Jackie things for him to sign. I saw a little black boy hand Jackie a scorecard. The kid was so awestruck, he couldn’t even get the words out to ask for an autograph.

Jackie Robinson! What was he like? I wondered. What must it have been like for him? What did he have to put up with, being the first African-American to play in the big leagues in the twentieth century? I wished I could see what he experienced. And then I dropped off to sleep. • 5 • A SLIGHT CHANGE WHEN YOU SEE TIME TRAVEL STORIES IN THE MOVIES, THE person who travels through time always seems to wind up exactly where he was planning to go. If he wanted to visit Napoleon, his time machine takes him to Napoleon’s living room.

I waved to the kid. He waved back at me, like he knew me. As I turned my head to the left to tell Bankhead 30 D AN G UTMAN about the black kid in the window, I noticed the kid turned his head at the same time. I turned my head to the other side. So did the black kid. Wait a minute! That was no window! It was a mirror. I was looking at my reflection! I quickly brought my hand up to my face. The skin was dark. I had turned into a black kid! Frantically, I touched the skin on my arms. It felt like it always did, but the darkness wouldn’t rub off.

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