Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


The purpose of this graduate project was to write Bat Boy. a beginning novel for readers in grades three through six. The main character in the story is Ryan Basye, who takes a trip to his great grandmother's house in a small Iowa town during the Fourth of July holiday. On this holiday, the town (Holland, Iowa), has a celebration that includes a fastpitch softball tournament, games of chance, rides, lots of barbecuing and fireworks after the championship softball game. Ryan is the bat boy tor his father's team and learns a lot about camaraderie between teammates and about the game of softball and baseball. Ryan also gets to go out on his own into the crowd to explore the celebration. He meets John, a boy who lives across the road from his great grandmother's house and together they have as much fun as two boys can have.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara R. Safford

Date Original


Object Description

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