Title: The Bat Boy & His Violin

Reference: Curtis, G. (1998). The Bat Boy & His Violin. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks.

Brief annotation: This book is about a young boy named Reginald who loves to play the violin. His father, the manager of an African-American baseball team, makes him become the team’s bat boy. After the father comes to realize that his son has a talent, he and his team start to value Reginald’s playing.

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Realistic Fiction

Grade level: 5.2

Interest level: Students in grades 3-5 would be interested in this book.

Personal response: I love how the father and the team start to embrace and look forward to Reginald’s playing. This book has historical, emotional, and musical significance.

Text-dependent question: Why did the father correct Mr. LaRue when he complimented Reginald’s fiddling?