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Samurai Shortstop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    How long has Japan loved baseball? You might be shocked at the answer!

    It is the classic tale of old traditions run solidly into change and progress. Ironically, Alan Gratz¿s story is set in Japan in 1890. With deft, this author introduces us to the timeless characters of Toyo Shimada, his father, and a series of friends and nemeses (including United States personages). As Toyo struggles to adapt to the rigors of Ichiko and the hazing that are a part of the process, he also has to make decisions about how he will respond to the new classless society that Emperor Meiji is attempting to promulgate. This book was as educational as entertaining. In his author¿s note, Mr. Gratz includes a list of his sources as well as the history that supports his efforts to remain true to the kinds of activities that were happening at the time in which the book is set. There were many fascinating pieces¿including the fact that baseball has had almost as long and distinguished a history in Japan as it has had in the United States. This book surprised me with its depth and richness. I highly recommend it to anyone who is teaching courses on diversity and tolerance as well as anyone teaching world history.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    The best book i have ever read

    This is probably the best book ever written. there is a mix of everything. Drama, action, and havoc. Gratz has done it again. I would say that this is the best book i have ever read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    A real page turner

    Im onlyba sophomore in high school but this book was interesting anyone would want to read it!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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