The Baseball Card Kid (Hardcover)

By Adam Osterweil, Craig Smith (Illustrator)

Front Street, 9781590785263, 199pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

List Price: 17.95*
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A valuable baseball card, a sinking ship, a distant planet, and vampire tales fill this fast-paced time-travel story. When an advertisement for a TimeQuest 2 comic with a new no-change feature suddenly attracts Paul and Brian, their only question is this: How do you mail something to the year 100,000? As soon as they figure that out, they head out on a quest to replace a mint condition Honus Wagner Baseball Card that Brian accidentally destroyed when he was younger. To find it, all they have to do is warp the space-time continuum to the year 1912, board the Titanic, and find Brian's Great Uncle Sean. No problem. But the boys soon find themselves in some sticky situations. As the TimeQuest 2 Comic magically chronicles their travels, the boys discover that their actions have doomed all of humankind. Now they must travel to the distant reaches of the universe and the darkest Transylvania to set things right again. Can they fix the world and make it home with the million-dollar baseball card before it's too late?

About the Author

Adam Osterweil graduated from Cornell University with a BA in classics and from Stony Brook University with an MA in liberal studies. He teaches junior high English at Springs School in Springs, New York. He is the author of The Amulet of Komondor and The Lost Treasure of Talus Scree.

Craig Smith is one of Australia's most popular and prolific children's book artists, having illustrated more than two hundred titles. Billy the Punk and Bob the Builder and the Elves are just two of his award-winning books. He lives outside of Melbourne in southern Australia.

Praise For The Baseball Card Kid

"Definitely writing for readers with short attention spans, Osterweil laces his narrative with middle-grade-style yuks and injects frequent reviews of events into his breathlessly paced tale." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fast-paced. . . . Will especially appeal to boys." --Library Media Connection