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Bat 6

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Bat 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 who gets the spirit, the twins Lola and Lila, Tootie, Shadean-they've 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 Ridge...more
Audio CD, Unabridged, Library Edition
Published 2009 by Random House/Listening Library (first published 1900)
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Al_jessica Eaton
This book tells the story of a group of 6 grade girls growing up in California shortly after World War 2 and the bombing of Pearl harbor. Each year the 6th grade girls compete against the neighboring town in a Softball game. This year each team has a new girl that has many secrets from her past that threaten to be exposed all year and finally are revealed during the big game. The story is somewhat hard to follow because there are so many characters and it is written from multiple perspectives. D...more
Joy
I'm not as in love with this book as others seem to be. The girls, except for Shazam, are a little to perfect in their intentions. It's hard for me to swallow a town in the late 1940's that free of racial prejudice. And the only "evil" one of the lot was a poor kid who was born out of wedlock? Because rich kids are always brought up so much better.

And really? EVERY 6th grade girl is into playing ball? There's not one who'd rather do something else? There were one or two who weren't very good bu...more
audrina
Bat 6 is the story of a group of 6th grade girls who have a rivalry game of softball. It's the game played every year between the schools of Barlow and Bear Creek Ridge. The girls - Manzanita, Beautiful Hair Hallie, Shadean, Tootie, and the twins Lola and Lila anxiously wait for their chance at playing since they could throw a ball. Both team recruited two members, Aki and Shazam. Aki is the first baseman for the Ridgers but she recently came back from a place where she does not like to talk ab...more
Bill Tillman
A story from the lips of those who lived through it. South of Portland is two small communities, Barlow and Bear Creek Ridge. In 1949 they were playing the 50th anniversary softball game of sixth grade girls.

Racial prejudice still existed between Japanese Americans and those who had been in the war. It is an outstanding book that should be on every sixth grade reading list. Showing both sides of this terrible conflict with compassion and understanding.
Rene
Bat 6 is a very unique novel and almost reads like a non-fiction recount of eye witnesses who were on the field the day the two 6th grade girls' softball teams met for the first and only time to play the traditional game for the 50th time in the history of the their two home towns. For all the girls, this game is the culmination of an honored tradition for their grade. Nine girls are chosen from each town to represent it and play a friendly softball game. They have all year to prepare for this o...more
Carol Ansel
Jan 11, 2014 Carol Ansel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school readers, English & History teachers, those interested in Japanese Internment
Recommended to Carol by: NoveList K-12 database
Looking around for books for a sixth grade English curriculum, I started with Farewell to Manzanar, which seems to constantly show up on reading lists. While it was an interesting and important book, I can't see it holding the attention of sixth graders - a little too contemplative and slow-paced. Since its publication in the 70s, several more books have been published dealing with the Japanese internment during World War II, this title among them. In fact, Bat 6 does not deal directly with the...more
Nancy O'Toole
Every year in the towns of Barlow and Bear Creek Ridge, a softball game takes place between two sixth grade teams. In 1949, each team is convinced that they are going to win. Bear Ridge Creek believes they are going to win because of Aki, an incredibly talented Japanese-American who has spent a years in an Interment Camp during World War II. Barlow believes they are going to win because of Shazam, a phenomenal player with a horrible secret. No one could have predicted what ended up happening at...more
Emily
Apr 26, 2008 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers covering WWII or tolerance and forgiveness
Recommended to Emily by: My under-graduate Children's Lit Professor, Nancy Johnson.
Summary (by me): Two neighboring towns in rural Oregon are preparing for the fiftieth annual 6th grade girls softball game. When game day finally arrives it is ruined by bad sportmanship between a young girls whose father was killed at Pearl Harbor, and a young Japanese American girl recently returned from internment.

Review: I really liked this story. It is told in first person by all the members of each team as they recount the recent events. At first, keeping all the different narrators straig...more
Erica
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Bat 6 focuses on two sixth-grade girls' softball teams: Bear Creek Ridge and Barlow. The Bat 6 game is a yearly competition that began fifty years ago to bring the two communities together. Now Its 1949 and both schools have put together super teams. Both teams get a new player just before the season starts. Aki, who has just moved back to Bear Creek Ridge after her family was moved into an internment camp during World War II, plays first base and can throw better than almost anyone on the t...more
Susan
I have to disagree with one of the other reviewers. I do feel that Wolff can sometimes be a little too caught up with her own cleverness, but I do feel that she can really channel some of her young characters, and I definitely felt like the voices in this particular book felt natural and authentic. The book tells about a long-running rivalry between two girls' softball teams and a terrible accident that ensues one year. This happens after tensions mount after a Japanese girl, Aki (who recently r...more
Carmine
Aug 30, 2010 Carmine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th -8th graders
A challenging read told from the perspective of 24 different girls. It can be a little tricky to keep the various narrators straight, but combined the voices paint a compelling story of post-WWII life in the rural Northwest. Two small towns have a long standing softball game that pits the 6th grade girls against each other- the Bat 6 game. This year each town has its champion- for Bear Creek Ridge it is Aki whose mother had also been an MVP softball player and whose family has finally moved back...more
Heather
There were some very strong prejudices and feelings for these young girls. There were small sections narrated by each girl throughout and I think that made the audio version a bit choppy. Plus the team rosters and batting orders got very repetitive. But that being said the narrator did a great job doing distinctive voices for the girls.

Summary: In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one 6th grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl's bigotry comes to t...more
Jenny
Another good book from Wolff. I enjoyed how this book was written in the view points of each 12 year old girl on two different soft ball teams. The first half of the book leads up to the big game and the second half describes what happened at the game and after. Good book that addresses prejudice in a way that actually the book "Nurture Shock" (that I recently read) said research says we should address it--openly talking about our differences to our children because if we don't, if try to "ignor...more
J.M.
This book is set after WWII and follows a small community in which a new Japanese family has just relocated after being released from an internment camp. The family has a young daughter named Aki whose classmates try to include her in their activities, but one child, nicknamed Shazam, is very racist and bitter towards her. Shazam's father was killed at Pearl Harbor, and unfortunately Shazam's attitude was echoed throughout the country during WWII. Why else were the Japanese interred in the first...more
Angeluismanzueta
two main characters named, aki, and shazam. prepare for the game of the year, have difficult lives, aki has returned from a place that she does not mention, probalbly to embarrased. and shazam being controlled by her mother all the time. both girls play in different teams. these conflicts by these two girls might affect their play in the most important game.
i could connect this book to the world b/c it shows how personal situtations & conflicts could affect some thing so important. i believe...more
Rachel
I was quite impressed by this book. Wolff (thank god she grew up to be an author, eh? And a decent one at that?) overreaches a little bit by aiming for a twenty-person narrative (!!), so naturally the girls start to sound similar after a while, but the key players -- especially Shazam -- are really evocatively drawn and their voices are clear and strong.

The plot builds in a slow, simmering, inexorable way, and there's no easy payoff or pat, after-school-special ending that teaches us all a shini...more
Cathleen Ash
An inventive way of telling a story: each chapter breaks down into three or four voices - the voices of 6th graders in a small town, where the 6th grade girls' softball team wants to win the cup back from the Ridge. The setting of this book is shortly after World War II, and the girls, in addition to talking about life in a small town, and the weight of expectations, softball, and friendships, befriend again a young girl who was sent off for years to the Japanese camps in America. There's also a...more
Tanya
I have loved this book and read it with Japanese adult English as a Second Language classes. It has been a fascinating look into American history.
Sue Duran
I had to read it for my tween materials class (LIBR 264). It has a message. Though the ending wasn't what I expected, it still was worth the read.
Anya Chantiny
I loved the sweetness of the girl characters. I've never known two groups of 12 year olds to be so considerate to each other and a crazy new girl. I liked the slice of life from this time period, but there wasn't a lot of depth to the storytelling. Using all the girls to narrate left a shallow impression of each character and the story in general. My biggest pet peeve in young adult literature is when the author models poor grammar through his/her characters. I don't want my students reading thi...more
Kathleen
Dec 06, 2007 Kathleen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers interested in history, sports, social conflict.
Powerful story told through the voices of two groups of 6th Grade girls, all on softball teams in two neighboring communities. Set 5 years after the end of WWII, the story examines the ways prejudice slips into communities that are trying to mend, how adults can damage young minds, and what people are willing to do for each other to heal deep wounds. I really liked that Wolf uses the voices of many different girls to tell the story, each with a distinct perspective and concern. It was a beautifu...more
David W.
Even after World War II, some Americans still feel resentment for the Japanese. This still holds true in a small town in Oregon, a town split in two, Bear Creek Ridge and Barlow. Attempting to improve relations between the 2 halves, the 6th grade girls of both schools, play against each other, and today is most likely the most important days of these girls’ lives. Follow the 2 teams perspectives, and see what happens when a strange mysterious girl named Shazam shows up out of nowhere, and volunt...more
L.
Another YA title, also about sports. This one is set in Washington State in 1949 and focuses on a girl's softball game between two towns: the 6th grade girls from each town compete each spring (for 50 years) for the trophy, and for the town's honor. Then a new, terrific softball player comes to one of the schools, one who has some major PTSD issues from the war. She doesn't like Japanese people, and one of the opposing team members is Japanese. Told by all the girls, interspersed with one anothe...more
Kim
To be honest, I was expecting more from this book. Unfortunately, I got bogged down in all the characters - not all were necessary to tell the story since most of the characters had the same point of view. It tells how the japenese suffered under the U.S. policy during and after WWII and the prejudices that they still usffered once they returned home - if there was a home to return to. Adults hatred trickled down to thier kids and this hatred explodes during a girls baseball game.
Megan
Perhaps the most difficult part about reading this book was twenty-one narrators. I had a time figuring out who was talking even with their names listed. But this is a minor problem at worst. I really loved the basic plot and how what unfolded before me was a story of post-war America struggling with its identity, racial and otherwise. Certainly its a sad story balanced by that unbearable lightness of being human.

I also really dug the holy-roller Manzanita. She was fun to read about.
Maggie Burgess
I really wanted to like this book, because overall, the story and plot are good. I liked the background and where they were going with it. The hard part was the number of narrators. All of the perspectives painted a good overall picture, but it was kind of hard to keep each person straight. I was in a classroom that used this as a read aloud book, and we ended up having notes on the board for reminders of who was who... Again, I liked where it was going, but it was kind of complicated...
Claudia
This was the young adult book for this year's Oregon Reads. I probably would have liked it better if I was a young adult! The time is 1949 in Oregon and two 6th grade girls softball teams are squaring off in the annual ball game, and one girl has an issue with the race of another girl on the the opposite team. The book is told by all the girls, so the voice and vernacular changes constantly. Tough to keep straight. If I was 45 years younger, I would have loved the book!
Cindy
This book was amazing! It was all about history and showed both sides of the story. I read this book at least five times over and over again. This book was basically about the Bat 6 games which were made to reunite the two enemy towns. It was created by the women, so it was softball games for the sixth grade girls. This was the 50th year, a very special year but... read it and find out for yourself. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
Calvin
Bat 6 is a book about a group of girls who make a baseball team in a boys leage and was shund for it. This book takes place in virgina in 1980's. This is a great inspirational book and it can surtanly lift your spirits. It tells about a group of girls who can sucseed thrugh all odds. i personaly love this book for being atacing an issue rarly broght up. READ IT!!!
Joan
What would it be like to be taken from your home and locked away during the second world war, simply because you are of Japanese decent? What would it be like to then return home after the war has ended?

This book focuses on the second question through the eyes of many middle school age girls with powerful and complex answers.

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