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Battery Battery(6 volumes)

Text by Atsuko Asano
Ill. by Sato, Makiko
Tokyo: Kyoikugageki Inc. 1996-2005

An average of 256 pp: 210 x 148 mm
ISBN : 4-7746-0639-1 (set)
Ages : 10+
Human relationships, Individuality, Children and adults

Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Award 2005

This is a series of stories about boys and baseball. Takumi and Gou, the two main characters, meet and form a pitcher and catcher team (the Battery of the title). Takumi is confident in his fastball but is resented by his teammates, who are all trying to regain some autonomy in the face of pressure from their teacher, the baseball coach. Despite this, Takumi maintains his confidence and heads to the pitcher’s mound. At the same time, Gou suffers in the face of his own limitations. Takumi, who had never been interested in others, begins to want to know more about Gou. Will Takumi realize his potential as a pitcher? What will happen to Gou?This popular series vividly depicts the struggle to be true to oneself. The intense feelings and tranquility of this series place it on the front line of Japanese Children's literature.

Atsuko Asano was born in Okayama Prefecture in 1954. The author is a member of the Japanese Association of Writer for Children and a member of Kisetsufu, the National Children’s Literature Coterie Magazine Network. Awarded the Noma Prize for Juvenile Literature for her book Battery in 1997, and honored by the Japanese Association for Writer for Children for Battery 2 in 1999. Other works of note are Hotarukan Monogatari (A Story at the Hotarukan, 1991), Garuzuburu (Girl’s Blue, 2003), the No. 6 series (2003-2006), and Nerawareta Machi (The Targeted City, 1991).

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