About the Book
Joe Stoshack has to write a report on an African American who has made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning report. But he doesn't plan for a trip that will for a short time change the color of his skin — and forever change his view of history and his definition of courage.
Read All About Future Me
Near the end of the story, Joe shows Jackie and Rachel a newspaper article which reveals that Jackie will win the Rookie of the Year Award at the end of the 1947 season. Imagine you can travel through time and read a newspaper article about you written in the future. What have you done to be in the newspaper? What would the article say? Write the first paragraph of the article as you think it might appear in the newspaper. Be sure to date the article to show when in time it is written. The newspaper article appears on page 111.
Mapping New York City
Draw a map of New York City showing the places Joe visits during his trip to 1947. Be sure to include Times Square, where Joe first arrives, Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, and Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. You might want to add places where other events occurred, like the stickball game or the Mr. Herskowitz's grocery store.
Ebbets Field Word Scramble
Write the word EBBETS FIELD across the top of a blank sheet of paper. Then, see how many new words you can create by rearranging the letters you have written. Each new word should have at least three letters. Extra points for longer words or words that are also baseball terms!