A Diamond in the Desert (Hardcover)

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During the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II, thirteen- year-old Tetsu uses baseball to combat the harshness of camp life. (10-13)

— From Historical Fiction

Description


For Tetsu, baseball is so much more than just a game

On December 6, 1941, Tetsu is a twelve-year-old California boy who loves baseball. On December 7, 1941, everything changes. The bombing of Pearl Harbor means Tetsu's Japanese-American family will be relocated to an internment camp.

Gila River camp isn't technically a prison, but with nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no time frame for leaving, it might as well be. So when someone has the idea of building a baseball diamond and starting a team, Tetsu is overjoyed. But then his sister gets dangerously sick, forcing him to choose between his family and his love of the game. This is an impeccably researched, lyrical story about baseball, honor, and a turbulent period in U.S. history.

About the Author


Kathryn Fitzmaurice (www.kathrynfitzmaurice.com) is also the author of The Year the Swallows Came Early. She lives with her husband, two sons, and her dog, Holly, in Monarch Beach, California.

Praise For…


Praise for A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice:

"Moving the story forward with fluid language and vivid imagery, Fitzmaurice hits home with this important piece of historical fiction." —School Library Journal, starred review

"A solid, affecting choice for multicultural and WWII studies, with resources for student research appended." —Booklist

"This book provides a striking glimpse at internment camp life and would fit well with the study of World War II or human rights." —Library Media Connection

Product Details
ISBN: 9780670012923
ISBN-10: 0670012920
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 16th, 2012
Pages: 258
Language: English

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