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Barbed Wire Baseball

Marissa Moss (2013), 39 pages
Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Multicultural, Picture Books, Sports
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Baseball meant everything to Kenichi Zenimura. Ever since he attended his first baseball game in Japan, Zeni knew he was destined to play baseball in the United States. Despite his small stature, Zeni became a great baseball player and was asked to play alongside the famous Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. But in 1941, his homeland bombed Pearl Harbor. He and his family, along with many people of Japanese descent, were sent to an internment camp in Arizona. However, Zeni would not let his imprisonment keep him from playing baseball. Through sheer determination and perseverance, Zeni and his fellow prisoners constructed a baseball field and played baseball in the middle of the Arizona desert. Kenichi Zenimura, who was later named the father of Japanese American baseball, is an inspiration to us all to never give up on our dreams.
Similar authors: Margot Theis Raven ; Robert Skead ; Cathy Goldberg Fishman
Similar books: Something to Prove ; Let them Play ; When Jackie and Hank Met ; Lineup for Yesterday
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/21/2017
ISBN-13: 9781419705212
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Baseball Ballerina

Kathryn Cristaldi (1992), 48 pages
Illustrated by Abby Carter
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Easy Reader, Fiction, Sports
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What happens when you love playing baseball, but your mom forces you to put pink bows in your hair, wear pink slippers, and take ballet classes? Will she 'strike out' with her baseball team if they ever find out? Find out how 'Baseball Ballerina' learns to use her baseball skills off the field!
Similar books: Baseball Ballerina Strikes Out by Kathryn Cristaldi; Princess Lulu Goes to Camp by Kathryn Cristaldi Princess Lulu Goes to Camp by Kathryn Cristaldi
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0679917349
ISBN-13: 9780679917342
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Baseball Brothers

Jean Marzollo (1999), 32 pages
Illustrated by True Kelley
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Fiction, Sports
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Playing Tee-Ball can be really hard, especially when you have to play right field. In this story, Timmy is having a hard time keeping his mind on the game. Butterflies, trains, and little ducks are always there to distract him. But with Ben's(Timmy's older brother) help, lucky mitt, and coaching, Timmy learns how to be a great baseball player!
Similar authors: Patricia Reilly Giff
Similar books: Let's Talk Baseball by Janice Behrens; Willie and the All-Stars by Floyd Cooper
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/20/2009
ISBN-10: 0590383981
ISBN-13: 9780590383981
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Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases

(2008), 191 pages
Illustrated by Nancy Mercado
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Sports
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Are you great at baseball? Would you rather just watch a game instead of playing? Do you have friends or family who care about baseball? If so, you'll find at least one story in this collection for you! Read about Frankie Alvarez, the 'finest secret agent baseball player I've ever known,' Mark Pang, who loves baseball but freezes in panic whenever the ball hits his glove, Jesse Bryant, who loves baseball and is the only girl on the school team, and more.
Similar books: The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan Gratz
Reviewed by: Kristen
Date read: 7/29/2015
ISBN-10: 0803731620
ISBN-13: 9780803731622
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Basketball (or Something Like It)

Nora Raleigh Baskin (2005), 176 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Sixth-graders Jeremy, Nathan, Hank, and Anabel each have their own troubles. Hank's parents are fiercely competitive when it comes to Hank's sports teams, when all Hank wants to do is play. Jeremy suspects his grandmother doesn't want him living with her, but she's his only family as long as Jeremy's dad is nowhere to be found. He'd rather not join the travel team, but he agrees to attend tryouts when his grandmother offers to pay him for it. Nathan loves basketball, but he has to sneak his way into tryouts against his father's wishes. Anabel's family is so absorbed in her brother's basketball talent that they don't seem to even notice her anymore. How can this travel team come together to win?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0060596104
ISBN-13: 9780060596101
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