By Dan Gutman
Cannons are blasting!
Bullets are flying!
Wounded infantrymen are everywhere!
Stosh has time-traveled to 1863, correct into the center of the Civil warfare. In probably his most enjoyable and certainly his most threatening journey but, Stosh has made up our minds to reply to the query forever: did Abner Doubleday, a Civil battle basic, particularly invent the sport of baseball?
It's all right here: enormous laughs, dramatic motion, quick baseball video games in the course of a battlefield. you will be blown away by way of this 6th notable baseball card adventure!
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There was no getting around the sound. The pounding was vibrating the ground like rumbling thunder. A patch of dry grass was on fire near me. Was somebody dropping bombs on us? I didn’t hear the sound of airplanes. I didn’t hear the sound of anything except explosions and bullets. ” I thought I heard Mom say, though I couldn’t be sure. Abner Doubleday? I had forgotten all about Abner Doubleday. Who cared about Abner Doubleday? All I cared about was staying alive and protecting my mother. 45 DAN G UTMAN How could I have put her in this situation?
I wasn’t going to bother counting them. The flag was ripped. Bullets had torn through it in a bunch of places. ” I shouted. “They’re not shooting at us! ” There was another explosion in the air over our heads, and stuff showered down around us. I wrapped my arms around Mom to shield her. Maybe if I took the flag and threw it as far away as possible, they would stop shooting at us. But I couldn’t reach the flag. I wasn’t about to go get it, either. 49 DAN G UTMAN If I couldn’t get rid of the flag, I’d have to get rid of us.
So did I. Open wounds have never been my favorite thing to look at. “I’m glad I brought along a first aid kit,” Mom told Willie. ” “Don’t mention it,” Mom said. While Mom tended to Willie’s wounds, Joshua picked up his rifle. Little John and Rufus picked up theirs too. I could still hear gunshots and explosions, 55 DAN G UTMAN but they were mostly in the distance. “Must’ve been a stray bullet that got Willie,” Joshua said. “But the Rebs could be makin’ another charge any minute. ” Little John asked.
Abner & Me (Baseball Card Adventures) by Dan Gutman