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by Ken Mochizuki

illustrated by Dom Lee

Summary

Lee & Low Books

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 will appeal again and again to readers who enjoy cheering for the underdog.

One day Amelia discovers an “accidental road.” At its end she finds an amazing old tree. Its stately sense of permanence inspires her to put her own roots down in a special way–by placing her favorite things in a box and burying it next to the tree, so she will always have a place to go back to.

Topics

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Ages 6-9, Ages 9-12, Discrimination, Japanese-American, Kindergarten, Sports, World War I, history