Barbed Wire Baseball How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII
Barbed Wire Baseball
How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII
By Marissa Moss
Illustrator Yuko Shimizu
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2016
  • Price: $9.95
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-2058-1
  • EAN: 9781419720581
  • Page Count: 48
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations
  • Format: Paperback (Self Ended)
  • Rights: World/All
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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.”


"Moss is a skilled author of historical narrative nonfiction for young readers; her tale is both well researched and well told. But it’s the visually stunning, sensitive illustrations by the hugely talented Shimizu that make the book a standout."
The New York Times Book Review

About the author

Marissa Moss has written and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Amelia’s Notebook series, as well as Nurse, Soldier, Spy and A Soldier’s Secret. 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.