Baseball Saved Us
By Ken Mochizuki
Illustrated by Dom Lee
The year is 1942, World War II is raging and a Japanese/American boy and his family are sent to an internment camp after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. The story is told from the point of view of the boy, dubbed "Shorty" because of his size, who describes the camp's desolate environs, explaining what motivated father and son to pull the camp together to build a baseball diamond, improvise uniforms, and equipment, and finally, form a league. "People needed something to do," his father said.
An understated look at a shameful period in our country's history, it was named an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists," as well as the recipient of a Parent's Choice Award.