Baseball Saved Us

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By Ken Mochizuki
Publisher Lee & Low Books
Baseball Saved Us
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One day my dad looked out at the endless desert and decided then and there to build a baseball field. Shorty and his family, along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, have been forced to relocate from their homes to a camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Fighting the heat, dust, and freezing cold nights of the desert, Shorty and the others at the camp need something to look forward to, even if only for nine innings. So they build a playing field, and in this unlikely place, a baseball league is formed. Surrounded by barbedwire fences and guards in towers, Shorty soon finds that he is playing not only to win, but to gain dignity and selfrespect as well. Inspired by actual events, this moving story of hope and courage in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II reveals a longhidden and ugly part of the American past. This 25th Anniversary Edition features a revised cover and a new introduction from the author and illustrator.

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1466 words1,466 words
32 pages32 pages
Lexile AD550LLexile AD550L
Grade P to 4Grade P to 4
Age 4-9Age 4-9
Published 1993Published 1993

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Book ISBN:

1880000016

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