Samurai Shortstop

Samurai Shortstop

by Alan Gratz
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Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz

Tokyo, 1890. Toyo is caught up in the competitive world of boarding school, and must prove himself to make the team in a new sport called besuboru. But he grieves for his uncle, a samurai who sacrificed himself for his beliefs, at a time when most of Japan is eager to shed ancient traditions. It?s only when his father decides to teach him the way of the samurai that Toyo grows to better understand his uncle and father. And to his surprise, the warrior training guides him to excel at baseball, a sport his father despises as yet another modern Western menace. Toyo searches desperately for a way to prove there is a place for his family?s samurai values in modern Japan. Baseball might just be the answer, but will his father ever accept a ?Western? game that stands for everything he despises?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142410998
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/14/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 307,328
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a carefree but humid childhood, he attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing and later a Master's degree in English education. In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult building to middle schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, and lectured as a Czech university. Currently, Alan lives with his wife Wendi and daughter Jo in the high country of western North Carolina, where he enjoys reading, eating pizza, and, perhaps not too surprisingly, watching baseball.

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Samurai Shortstop 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
CookA47 More than 1 year ago
This book is about a high schooler in Japan that attends the best school in the nation. He is on the baseball club, and this book is about how he goes through the year with all of the mean upper class-men. I liked his great problem solving skills throughout the year at his high school. It was also fun watching the ways he practiced playing baseball and also practicing bushido. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes baseball, or is interested in the way of samurai.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book, samuai shortstop, is about this boy named toyo who plays baseball in japan in the 1800's. it's a book about bullying and it's about taking responsibility i liked how toyo ignored the headmaster and did what he believed in. there are funny parts and some parts that souldn't be there {like when the senior beat up the little kids.} overall it was an okay book. people who like baseball, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Kayla Green More than 1 year ago
Im onlyba sophomore in high school but this book was interesting anyone would want to read it!!