It wasn’t a tough choice, really. Charlie and Emma could either get in the bizarre-looking time-traveling golf cart and try to change sports history, or they could go back to class and suffer the wrath of their teacher, Mrs. Cooper the Pooper Scooper. What would you do?
But when the two classmates wind up on a time travel adventure to six of the most significant moments in sports, they suddenly find themselves on the run from the intergalactic police. Will their quest to affect one piece of history end up altering more than they bargained for? Or will they get caught, and sent off to spend the next hundred years in Dung Geon, a galaxy far, far away from here?
Emmy Award-winning Andrew Luria makes his children’s book debut with this new fun and informative middle-grade series combining history, adventure and time travel. You’ll meet Babe Ruth, Mary Lou Retton, John Elway, Jackie Robinson, Babe Zaharias and Michael Jordan in the most consequential moments of their lives. And you’ll face the dilemma of changing history as we know it.
Targeted Age Group:: 8-14
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I loved the feelings books gave me as a kid. When I think back to memorable moments in my life, I associate that period of time with whatever book I may have been reading at the time. But I also truly loved sports: playing, watching, reading about them and studying their history. When I grew up, I made the goal of doing something I wasn't even sure I could: to complete a book. I laid out a plan to write about the things I loved: sports, space, history and laughs. After many years, many edits, having a family and moving with my job, I finally clamped down and put the pieces together to reach that goal. And hopefully I can provide some inspiration for the future writers out there who pick it up.
Charlie knew better than to keep Mrs. Cooper the Pooper Scooper waiting.
“We have to hustle,” he urged again, picking up the pace toward the classroom.
Emma gave him a no duh kind of look.
They could hear the faint squeal of their teacher’s voice from down the hallway and around the corner. Even at a distance, her voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard.
“Tennn. . . niiine. . . eiiight. . .”
They didn’t want to know what would happen if Mrs. Cooper got to zero.
Rounding the corner, the classroom was within their sights.
A lot had changed in the short time since they’d last been in that hallway.
Like, A LOT.
Heck, if it weren’t for them, some of the most incredible moments in sports history never would’ve happened. Then again, the most embarrassing play EVER never would have either.
“Just wait till she sees our history reports now,” Emma insisted. “Guarantee no one else actually met the people they’re reporting on.”
They both knew for certain that no one else in their class had been through more to make it happen either. None of them had fought off intergalactic police and ridden time-traveling rocketships, all while uncovering the biggest secret of their own lives in the course of one day.
Regardless, Mrs. Cooper the Pooper Scooper wasn’t one for excuses. She wasn’t the forgiving kind. She wasn’t the caring kind. She wasn’t the quiet kind, either.
“Threeee. . . Twooo. . . Onnne. . .”
They turned into their classroom. If only they’d known what they were in for when they last walked out of it: an adventure that would change their lives. . . and the history of the world.
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Andrew Luria is a six-time Emmy Award winning news and sports anchor and the author of The Adventures of Charlie Marley series. He played college football and baseball at Cornell University, and semi-pro baseball for the Santa Barbara Foresters.
When Andrew isn't writing children's books, he loves coaching his three kids in sports and also teaching a broadcasting class at their elementary school. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their family at the beach near their home in Carlsbad, California, where they live with their two Boston terriers, Archie and Henry. At one point or another, his family also had dogs named Charlie, Emma, Cooper, Muffin, Oakley, Buster, Dizzle, Rocky and Midnight–all names of characters that can be found in The Adventures of Charlie Marley.