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Summary: Joseph "Stosh" Stoshack is having a bad day. First, he's in a hitting slump, then his mother gets his progress report. He's flunking Spanish. When he goes to Senorita Molina for help, she offers him the chance for an extra credit project. In their conversation, he learns that Senorita Molina met Roberto Clemente when she was a little girl. Clemente was visiting children in the hospital. Not long after that visit, Clemente's plane crashed and he died. Knowing he could travel in time, Stosh decides he is going to go back to 1972 and convince Clemente not to board that plane. Except he didn't land in Pittsburgh - the Clemente card took him to Woodstock. Could he get to Clemente in time? This is a time travel adventure about the life and baseball career of Roberto Clemente.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 and Up; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Reading Level: 4.1
Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: I liked this book. I like baseball and I liked that it was based on a true story. This wouldn't be my top choice, but I would probably recommend it. It was good and some friends would like it.
Adult Reader Reaction: The author weaves a lot of wonderful information about Roberto Clemente into this story about a boy who wants to change history. Stosh's travel back to the 1970s is fun and educational. When the plot shifts and Stosh travels into the future, the story falls apart. Stosh as a great-grandfather and the dire warnings about global warming undercut what to that point had been a great message about living your life with meaning (both Clemente and Senorita Molina) and keep trying (Stosh and his hitting slump).
Pros: Kids who love baseball will relate to Stosh and enjoy learning about Roberto Clemente and his impact on the national pastime.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This story (like the others in the series) are fun to read. Readers who like time travel and/or are big baseball fans may want to buy them. This one does get message-y at the end.
Educational Themes: In addition to learning about Roberto Clemente, the story gives readers something to think about, too.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.