Title: The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis and illustrated by E.B. Lewis

APA Citation: Curtis, G., & Lewis, E. B. (1998). The bat boy & his violin. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Short Annotation: Reginald is a young boy who loves playing his violin. His dad, however, did not care for his love of violin and suggested that he get out and be a bat boy for their baseball team. He said that Reginald can practice when they did not need him. His dad’s baseball team were very bad and lost majority of their games. At the first game, Reginald became a bat boy for, he played the violin. Soon the players on his dad’s team, the Dukes, started hitting home runs and getting points. This kept happening when Reginald played melodies with his violin. The Dukes’ next challenger were the Monarchs, the best Negro baseball team. Although they lost, Reginald’s dad was proud of him and wanted him to keep playing the violin.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 3-5

Intended Audience: This is a great book for 3rd-5th graders. It does have a bigger vocabulary so it would be a little hard for K-2.

Rating: 10/10, I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were great and so was the ending of the story.

Text-Dependent Question: “Why were the Dukes denied hotel rooms?”