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Bat 6

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  615 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
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
Audio CD, Unabridged, Library Edition
Published 2009 by Random House/Listening Library (first published 1998)
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Please see my for stars as four and a half. Or perhaps you're seeing five stars. This is one of those I'm not sure of: did I like it enough to give it five stars?

It’s 1949 and two small communities in Oregon have been getting together for fifty years for sixth grade girls from each community to play softball. The girls train all year for this one game, everyone from both communities come. People in town have long memories about past players and games.

Aki’s mother was on the 1930 MVP. After bein
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
Feb 16, 2016 Mahlak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bat 6 takes place in 1949. This story focuses on two particular groups of sixth grade girls preparing for the Bat 6 softball game; Bear Creek Ridge and Barlow team. Although, one new girl joins the Barlow team and another new girl (well.. not exactly new since she lived there before) joins the Bear Creek Ridge team. The main conflict in the story surrounds these two young ladies. One who is Japanese and one who hates Japanese people because of what they did to her father. This girls hatred for J ...more
Adam Mourad
"Bat 6" was a very disappointing book. I actually enjoyed "the house on mango street" more; even though I really hated it. The book sleeve was deceptively interesting, unlike the inside, which was a bore since the start. This book bombards you with useless details, characters that lack essence or differentiation, as well as an agonizingly slow-moving, uneventful plot. I personally felt like, the book was all revolving around that one moment when Shazam elbows Aki in the face at the baseball game ...more
Adam N.
Feb 14, 2016 Adam N. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
BAT-6 was a book about a conflict between a Japanese girl and and American girl set shortly after the events of the Pearl Harbor bombing, and the American girl is taking out her rage on the other girl because she lost her father in the bombing. Both are in opposite teams of softball, and as time leads up to the day they compete, a catastrophe will occur with no way of stopping it. The book was more about softball than about the actual history message to me, and the multiple perspectives got tire ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Carmine rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 24, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is on our shelves for struggling readers and I'm not entirely sure why.

Struggling readers have a difficult time reading and understanding dialect. While dialect adds a more authentic voice, it confuses students who are still working on spelling.

I loved the ever-changing narrators but I got confused at times as to whom was speaking. If I got confused, I can only imagine how my students feel.

The topic, racism, is a good discussion builder. I think most of my students believe that racism
Feb 17, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rian Jagtiani
Bat 6 is about a softball game played every year between the 6th grade girls of Barlow and Bear Creek Ridge.This year is the 50th game between the two schools. Both teams have newcomers that have gone through a lot in their lives. On the big day and after all the preparation for the big game both characters go on a collision course that results in a real catastrophe. I feel that this book had a good story outline/idea to teaches us a lesson and had accomplished its goal about being an decent his ...more
Feb 28, 2014 audrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aadil Saif
The book is about an annual softball game between two schools. The two schools are Bear Creek Ridge and Barlow Road school. The Japanese have recently been released from the internment camps. A Japanese girl named Aki had come back to the city in time for Bat 6. At the same time, a girl named Shazam was sent to live with her grandma. Both of the girls play for opposing teams. On the big day a huge problem happens between the girls causing everything to go wrong. This book shows us the perspectiv ...more
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
Rohin Raj
I have mixed thoughts about this book. In some parts of this book, the story seems to drag on. Overall, quite slow-paced. Despite that, BAT-6 does get better towards the end of the book, when the 50th BAT-6 game begins.

The plot is simply revolving around two teams : Bear Creek Ridge Grade School and Barlow Road Grade School. All of the team members are in 6th grade, and extremely passionate about softball. It's their lucky year, because the game that these teams will be playing will be commemor
Feb 20, 2016 Amani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bat 6 is set in 1949 and follows the members of two different softball teams,Bear Creek Ridge and Barlow Road, from two different schools as they prepare for the 50th annual game. But when the two teams each have a new player that we get to read about, we learn about much more than just softball. Shazam and Aki, both are good at softball, both are girls in 6th grade but the couldn't be more different, when the day of the big game comes and something happens, we get to see which of the characters ...more
Ruqayya Jarad
Feb 20, 2015 Ruqayya Jarad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel set in rural Oregon telling the tale between two rival cities that play annual 6th grade girls softball game. As WWII ends the girls are faced with making sense in their 6th grade world of how racial prejudices play out. They are faced with the dilemma of how do they stand up to their friends when they don't agree with that they are doing, saying or believing but still be friends afterwards. Bat 6 is a great book for 6th graders. As they read about fellow 6th graders being faced with tou ...more
Carol Ansel
Jan 11, 2014 Carol Ansel rated it really liked it  ·  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
Fawz Al
Bat 6 is a book that took place a while after the Pearl Harbor bombing, where every year two schools containing 6th grade girls go against each other at a game of baseball. This year where the book is based on is quite different when two characters, Shazam and Aki have a conflict because of their backstories. The book was written in a good way that was very easy to anticipate and understand, and really hooked us into it's story. The only concern I have is that the author could have made it about ...more
Joseph Armani
Feb 15, 2016 Joseph Armani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bat 6 is awesome. It's really exciting, and I can clearly see the spirit of baseball in this story, and how all the characters are trying to keep it and their moments alive. I also like the way this book connects to the events of World War II. Shazam is America, and Aki is Japan. Aki's ancestors (Japan) bombed Pearl Harbor (Shazam's dad), so Shazam (America) hit Aki (similar to USA going to war against Japan).

But, there were too many characters that I started to care less about the characters.

Krista Stevens
Slow beginning...I think it will be hard for some readers to keep track of the shifting narrations (all the girls on the softball team). A couple of the girls are very religious (one evangelical), which may also be an issue a teacher may want to consider as there are numerous religious references that may require introduction. Some of the dialect and diction of some of the characters (uneducated) made the reading choppy for me.

Yes, it's a good sports book for girls and covers nicely the aftermat
Iman Waqas
Bat 6 is a book about two teams of girls from two different schools getting ready to play an annual softball game. No, it's much more complex than that. In the year 1949, two schools, Bear Creek Ridge and Barlow Road, are preparing for the 50th annual Bat 6 game when a new girl joins each team. Each one with a powerful backstory and completely different back stories. One is Japanese and the other hates Japanese people for what they did to her father. The main conflict happens on the day of the b ...more
Sami Abou
To be honest this book was slightly better then I expected, but it was still boring and I dont think the book would interest anyone. It gave us perspectives of too many characters which is not a good thing because then you cant really differentiate between them. Although it gave us a few interesting characters that did have character development. The beginning was boring, the middle was interesting and the end was confusing because it included the perspective of too many characters. Overall it w ...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
Apr 26, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  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
Nov 16, 2007 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Nov 07, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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
I picked up this book because it was about girls playing baseball, and it turns out that the message was much more than that. Provides some food for thought about racial prejudice. However, I didn't find the writing to be great. While I can appreciate using the voice of the girls and their vernacular, the poor grammar of many of those voices was distracting to the story. Also, the voices weren't distinct enough (except for a few); many of the characters blended together for me.
May 22, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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