Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

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Shorty and his family, along with thousands of Japanese Americans, are sent to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Fighting the heat and dust of the desert, Shorty and his father decide to build a baseball diamond and form a league in order to boost the spirits of the internees. Shorty quickly learns that he is playing not only to win, but to gain dignity and self-respect as well.

Baseball Saved Us is the ultimate rite of passage story. It will appeal again and again to readers who enjoy cheering for the underdog.


About Ken Mochizuki

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KEN MOCHIZUKI is the author of the award-winning Baseball Saved Us, Passage to Freedom, and Heroes, all published by Lee & Low Books. Ken's journalism background lends itself well to biographies that are well-researched and sensitively told. He and his wife live in Seattle, Washington. DOM LEE was born in Seoul, South Korea and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. With his unique style of art combining techniques of painting and scratching details in encaustic wax, Lee has illustrated many award-winning picture books. He lives with his wife and children in Demarest, New Jersey.
Published March 1, 1993 by Lee & Low Books. 30 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, War. Fiction

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Drawing on his Japanese-American parents' experiences, a new author uses his narrator's struggle to become a better, and more accepted, ballplayer to portray a WW II internment camp.

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These collaborators' prepossessing debut book introduces readers to a significant and often-neglected--for children, at any rate--chapter in U.S. history: the internment of Japanese-Americans during W

Mar 01 1993 | Read Full Review of Baseball Saved Us

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The nameless narrator and his family inhabit a camp in the parched American desert, where life becomes a bit more bearable after the internees build a baseball field, and the boy gains self-worth by hitting a championship home run.

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