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.
Racial Diversity ; Race discrimination; racism; prejudice
Asian (Japanese American)
Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 1999
softball; bigotry; city and town life; Oregon; post-World War II; Pearl Harbor; internment camps
Wolff, Virginia Euwer, "Bat 6" (1998). DIVerse Families. 50.