A Diamond in the Desert
By Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Viking Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780670012923, 258pp.
Publication Date: February 16, 2012
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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.
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