Bat 6
Scholastic , 1998
ISBN 978-0-756-90463-0 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-590-89800-3 (paperback)

Awards and Honors

American Library Association Notable Book, 1999
Jane Addams Peace Award, 1999
New York Public Library 100 Best Books of the Year, 1998
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 1998
Volunteer State Young Adult Book Award Master List, 2001-2002


"The ultimate, explosive meeting of the two girls on a softball field as members of opposing sixth-grade teams will demonstrate that wars may end, but the passions they foster--if unexamined--can make victims of the survivors. This ambitious novel is told in 21 different first-person voices; each member of the two girls' softball teams has one or more "turns" at bat as narrator, recounting bits and pieces of the story. Inevitably, a few of the voices sound distractingly similar, but a gratifyingly large number reveal complex, fully realized characters. Gradually, their individual vignettes merge into an extraordinarily artful portrait of a moment in American history that challenged our comfortable assumptions about who we were and what we believed. None of the 21 girls emerges unchanged from what happens during that fateful encounter nor, one predicts, will most readers of this powerful novel." —Michael Cart, Booklist

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