King of the Mound is a realistic fiction novel based during the era of Satchel Paige, a well-known African American baseball player. The story of the Dust Bowl, Native Americans, and Polio is told through the relationship between a boy who is an avid baseball fan and Satchel. The book is an AR level 5.6. It is an excellent cross-curricular resource. It may be used in 4th grade as well.
ELA Common Core Standards
RL.5.1., 5.2., 5.3, 5.4, 5.5., 5.6, 5.10,
Writing Common Core Standards
W.5.2, W.5.4., W.5.7., W.5.8., W.5.9., W.5.10