Grades 6 - 8
Grade level Equivalent: 4.8
Lexile Measure®: 930L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Z
Type of Book: Chapter Book
- Historical Fiction
- Japanese and Japanese American
- World War II
- Pride and Self-Esteem
- Tolerance and Acceptance
- Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences
About This BookBat 6. That's the softball game played every year between the sixth-grade girls of Barlow and Bear Creek Ridge. All the girls — Beautiful Hair Hallie, Manzanita, the twins Lola and Lila, Tootie, Shadean — have been waiting for their turn at Bat 6 since they could first toss a ball.
This time there's a newcomer on each team: Aki, at first base for the Ridgers, who just returned with her family from a place she's too embarrassed to talk about. And Shazam, center field for Barlow, who's been shunted around by her mother since her father was killed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
The adults of the two towns would rather not speak about why Aki's family had to "go away." They can't quite admit just how "different" Shazam is. And that is why the two girls are on a collision course that explodes catastrophically on the morning of Bat 6, the day they've been preparing for all their lives.