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Barbed Wire Baseball

How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII

Marissa Moss, Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/9/2022)
Hardcover (4/9/2013)
Prebound (3/8/2016)


A true story set in a Japanese-American internment camp in World War II. As a young boy, Kenichi Zenimura (Zeni) wanted to be a baseball player, even though everyone told him he was too small. He grew up to become a successful athlete, playing with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. But when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, Zeni and his family were sent to one of several internment camps established in the U.S. for people of Japanese ancestry. Zeni brought the game of baseball to the camp, along with a sense of hope, and became known as the “Father of Japanese-American Baseball.”

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419720581, 48pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

About the Author

Marissa Moss is the bestselling author of the Amelia series, Barbed Wire Baseball, and Nurse, Soldier, Spy. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Yuko Shimizu is an illustrator and comics artist best known for the cover of the graphic-novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The Dream Hunters. She lives in New York City.