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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Euwer Wolff Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780307706065
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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 Ridgers, who just returned with her family from a place she's too embarrassed to talk about. And Shazam, center field for Barlow, who's been shunted around by her mother since her father was killed on December 7, 1941.
The adukts of the two towns would rather not speak about why Aki's family had to "go away." They can't quite admit just how "different" Shazam is. And that is why the two girls are on a collision course that explodes catastrophically on the morning Bat 6, the day they've been preparing for all their lives.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/20/2014

    " 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 "ignore" them in hopes that our children will too, it will just cause more problems. Here is an excerpt from the book that makes my point: "Why didn't they say so? Why didn't they tell us...? We would have known.... We would of understood. I asked my mom why nobody explained it to us before. My own mom...didn't know the answer. My own dad said, 'I thought you did know.' 'Well, I didn't. So there.' I said." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilli | 2/10/2014

    " Great book. I has trouble at first with all the perspectives (not my strong suit!), but it unfolds in a very interesting way and certainly reveals a great deal about the era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kk | 2/5/2014

    " it is a good way to learn about softball and racisim "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azalea | 2/3/2014

    " IT WAS AMAZING! I LOVED IT! I wish it hadn't ended! :-( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/16/2014

    " read this last year i thought it was so good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 1/14/2014

    " Shows that countries can be divided in many ways and that sometimes the simplest things can bring community together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kiana | 1/13/2014

    " Terrible book, there are 21 points of veiws from two different softball teams. It is super confussing, and hard to relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kedwards | 11/15/2013

    " Should be read by anyone in western US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yariel Rivas | 10/11/2013

    " I believe these kids who were baseball players during the early years of FDR in the 1930's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 9/22/2013

    " Loved It! Anyone who loves Historical Fiction like me would definitly enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo-Vivian | 8/27/2013

    " This book wasn't my very favorite, but it did describe about the time when Japanese and Japanese American citizens were sent to concentration camps, which was very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 7/8/2013

    " I enjoyed this story and that it happened so close to my home. It is a somewhat sad story, but seemed to lack resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afton Nelson | 5/17/2013

    " Great characterization. This story is told from the view point of two different 6th grade girls softball teams. Even with such a huge cast of characters, each girls voice rings true. I loved the post WWII Oregon setting. Descriptive, lovely and heartbreaking at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mustang | 2/19/2013

    " I loved this book. I like how it had a very exciting part! My favorite characters were Manzantina,Kate,Lorelei,and Shazam. Aki is nice too. I think this book is really great.-ac+ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 2/19/2013

    " This was a really dumb book. It was slow and switched around to different characters point of views way to much so it got confusing because you couldn't remember who was who. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kids | 10/22/2012

    " At the library, my mom put this book in my hand and so I checked it out. It looked pretty good, maybe I'd like it. So I "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Tracy | 7/25/2012

    " Great book for girls, also has a great message to tie into the 'bystander' discussion generated in 'bully'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Dudley | 1/4/2012

    " I liked the 21(!!!) viewpoints. The story is pretty good. I love AKI but several times in the story I felt the same as one of the other narrators...I wished she would just get mad!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 9/8/2011

    " A really good piece of historical fiction centered around or own Hood River Valley in Oregon. It's nominally a kid's book, but it deals with some pretty heavy topics like racism and family dysfunction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 7/8/2011

    " Story of prejudice following World War I. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sruthi | 4/21/2011

    " this book is really interesting and teaches you a bit about the time after world war 2 and how people suffered but also how people came together and made friends (its a z level but its still not that hard). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 4/12/2011

    " A really good piece of historical fiction centered around or own Hood River Valley in Oregon. It's nominally a kid's book, but it deals with some pretty heavy topics like racism and family dysfunction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 3/20/2011

    " IT WAS AMAZING! I LOVED IT! I wish it hadn't ended! :-( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 11/5/2010

    " read this last year i thought it was so good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sammy | 3/24/2010

    " Luvvv this book. Love aki and Shazamzz blah but i luv the book. if your bored pick it up "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 9/4/2009

    " This was a really dumb book. It was slow and switched around to different characters point of views way to much so it got confusing because you couldn't remember who was who. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeannie | 5/30/2009

    " this book isnt that good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yariel | 5/22/2009

    " I believe these kids who were baseball players during the early years of FDR in the 1930's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 4/20/2009

    " This book was sooo sooo good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kiana | 4/2/2009

    " Terrible book, there are 21 points of veiws from two different softball teams. It is super confussing, and hard to relate to. "

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About the Author
Author Virginia Euwer WolffVirginia Euwer Wolff is the distinguished author of six books for young readers. Her books have won the National Book Award, the Michael L. Printz Honor, the Golden Kite Award, the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award, the Jane Addams Book Award, the PEN-West Book Award, and the Oregon Book Award, among many other honors. Critics have called make lemonade and true believer, the previous two books in this trilogy, “triumphant”–(School Library Journal), “transcendent”–(ALA Booklist), and “groundbreaking”–(Publishers Weekly). Virginia Euwer Wolff lives and works in Oregon City, Oregon.