Samurai Shortstop

By Alan Gratz
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Awards and Honors <I>Book Sense</I> Children’s Picks – Spring 2007

Samurai Shortstop

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It is 1890, and Japan is changing. Almost overnight, the country has gone from a feudal society to a land of streetcars, locomotives, movie theaters . . . and the recently imported game of baseball. Caught in the middle is high school student Toyo Shimada. His samurai father insists on teaching him Bushido, the way of the warrior, but all Toyo wants to do is turn dobu pures (double plays) as shortstop of his school team. Can he find a way to reconcile old and new? Author's notes. Bibliography.
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