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  • Author: Alan Gratz
  • Award year: 2008
  • Samurai Shortstop

    While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father. Morey's narration comes alive on the baseball field, delivering play-by-play with the excitement and enthusiasm of a modern commentator.