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Friday, March 29, 2013

Guest Review: Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

Yay, my son David is back as a guest reviewer. You may remember his review of Scary School by Derek the Ghost, HERE.  Well, I read his "A" paper he did for this Mochizuki book and thought I'd share it with you all ..with his permission of course.  I haven't read it myself so the following is his rating and review of the book.  If you have the time, make his day and let him know your thoughts about his assessment of the book. Thanks. :0)

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, YR, 1993, 32p, Rating=4.5

When a Japanese-American boy and his family are interned in a camp during WWII, they decide to combat their depression by building a baseball field. During a game the boy channels his humiliation--both from being a prisoner and from being a bad player--to anger, giving him the strength to hit a game-winning home run. (Goodreads)

Title: "Foul Ball"

This story "Baseball Saved Us" by Ken Mochizuki is a story about a war that changed a boy's life.  Let me tell you more ...

Once the attack of Pearl Harbor happened the Americans put the Japanese in camps.  The camps were hard to be in and small.  Then the people built a baseball field for something to use there time.  There were tower which was a big part in the book.  At the end of the book the boy hit a home run.

It was unfair that the Americans locked them up without a trial.  The camp also broke the families apart.  When they built the field it brought families together and made them enjoy their time.  There were towers that represented everything that was happening.  When Shortie hit the home run it represented that he got his life back.

Overall it was unfair what happened to the Japanese.  But it was amazing how they powered through the pain with baseball.


  1. Great review, David!! What a wonderful sport baseball is, to help bring people together in the worst of times.


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