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The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis
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Read in March, 2012

Reginald's father was the manager of the Dukes baseball team. He loved baseball, and all he ever wanted his son to do was play. However, Reginald had other intentions. He desired to play violin. In order to peak his son's interest in the game, Reggie's father makes him a bat boy of the Dukes team. In fear of losing his practice time for his recital, Reggie practices right in the middle of the dugout. He plays pieces from Mozart, Bach, and Beetoven. With his music, the Dukes bad luck streak begins to change. It all comes down the the final game against the Monarchs. They defeat their rivals and accomplish a great victory. Realizing his son his more important than the sport, Reggie and his father grow to respect one another and their seperate passions.
My favorite aspect of this book was the oil painted illustrations. The illustrator used his own son to create them. The book provides an interesting story line of a historical perspective in the 1940s.
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