"One day, my dad looked out at the endless desert and decided then and there to build a baseball field..."
In Baseball Saved Us, a Japanese-American boy's parents are sent to an internment camp in Idaho during World War II. The boy's father decides to build a baseball diamond, which gives the internees a way to pass the time--but it turns into much more than that. When "Shorty", the little boy, returns home, he carries his love of baseball with him, but he's forced to endure hardships among his peers and struggles to fit in.
Author: Ken Mochizuki
Illustrator: Dom Lee
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (March 1995)