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Bat 6

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  549 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Told in 21 voices, this narrative uses a sixth-grade girls' baseball game in 1949 Oregon as a vehicle for examining prejudice and the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Ages 10-14.
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Perfection Learning (first published 1900)
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
Ruqayya Jarad
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 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
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
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 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

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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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it's was a pretty good story line
but OT was hard to catch up with what was happening
I read this for a book report lel
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
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
So, the audiobook was a little hard to follow since it was a "full cast recording", and it's hard to keep players from two teams straight in your head when you don't have a list anywhere to look at.

But the story was good - the ending was a bit too ambiguous for my liking, and there seemed to be a giant leap at the end of going from not-understanding to understanding, which seemed unlikely for the character in question, but ... whatever. It was a fun story, and fun to see a historical fiction boo
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
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