This book really is great for introducing children to historical fiction. It tells the story of a young boy who would rather play beautiful music than act as the bat boy for his father's baseball team in the Negro National League in the 1940's. This book is great for 3rd and 4th grade classes. I would use this book when teaching historical fiction. I would use it in coordination with another book, Teammates by Peter Golenbock, which tells the true story of Jackie Robinson and the integration of professional baseball. Both stories took place during the same time period and with the same historical events taking place. Together, these stories create a very clear representation of fiction and nonfiction in the same setting.