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Bat 6

Title

Bat 6

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Pages

230 pages

Publication Year

1998

ISBN

9780590897990

Genre

historical fiction

Topic

Racial Diversity; Racism; race discrimination

Annotation

In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one sixth-grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl's bigotry comes to the surface. Set in a small Oregon town just after World War II, this is the powerful tale of a community shattered by its reaction to two young newcomers, Aki and Shazam. Told from 21 different points of view, "Bat 6" explores the subject of Japanese-American racial prejudice after the war. A Japanese American girl who has just spent 6 years in an internment camp meets a bitter girl whose father was killed in Pearl Harbor, and the two become rivals in baseball in this story narrated by the members of the opposing teams.

Grade Level

3-5, 6-8

Family Formation

multiple

Main Character

girls

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

Japanese American

Awards

Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 1999

Keywords

softball; bigotry; city and town life

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Bat 6

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