Baseball Saved Us Analysis

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“The feeling of longing for home is born into us. That wonderful dream cannot become real without great faith.”-Henry B. Eyring. This is how both Shorty in Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki and Andrew in Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting feel. Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki is about a Japanese-American boy-nicknamed Shorty- and his family who are forced into a camp with other Japanese-Americans during a time of war between America and Japan. They are always being watched by a man in a tower, are inside a fenced-in area and, there are soldiers there making sure no one gets out. Everyone starts playing baseball and feeling a lot better. Despite the circumstances and the longing for home, Shorty learns to be patient and wait for the time to come.…show more content…
He doesn’t want to live there, but he has to, at least it’s “better than the streets.” The problem though is that there are rules for living there. #1 You can’t be noticed. #2 Don’t sleep on the waiting room chairs lying down, sleep sitting up. There are a bunch more, but Andrew and his father made them up and know them all. They have to switch terminals and wake up and sleep in different places. Luckily, his father has a job, but he doesn’t make enough money to rent an apartment, which he is always looking to do. But Andrew has hope of getting out of there because if one small bird could find just the right time to leave, so can Andrew. Fly Away Home and Baseball Saved Us are both stories of patience and learning to find the right time to escape from a bad situation though the stories end up doing so differently.
Fly Away Home and Baseball Saved Us have similarities as well as differences. One thing that is similar is that the characters both have to try and be patient while they are waiting to get out of bad situations. Andrew in Fly Away Home is waiting for him and his father to have enough money to move out of the airport, into an apartment and actually be able to sleep and go to school. While the boy in Baseball Saved Us is also waiting to get out of a place where he doesn’t want to be but has
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