Baseball Saved Us

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Baseball Saved Us
Author: Mochizuki, Ken
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1942-1945
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: WWII
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Lower Elementary, Middle Grade
Format: Picture Book
Published: 1993

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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 barbed-wire fences and guards in towers, Shorty soon finds that he is playing not only to win, but to gain dignity and self-respect 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 long-hidden 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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