A Diamond in the Desert

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Penguin, Feb 16, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
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Twelve-year-old Tetsu eats, sleeps and breathes baseball. It’s all he ever thinks about. But after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tetsu and his family are forced from their home into an internment camp in the Arizona desert with other Japanese Americans, and baseball becomes the last thing on his mind. The camp isn’t technically a prison, but it sure feels like one when there’s nothing to do and no place to go. So when a man starts up a boys’ baseball team, Tetsu is only too eager to play again. But with his sister suddenly falling ill, and his father taken away for questioning, Tetsu is forced to choose between his family and his love of the game.

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User Review  - librarybrandy - LibraryThing

Possibly a little young for 8th grade, and more of a baseball book set in an internment camp than an internment camp book in itself. Very, very fast read, but not sure this is hitting the notes the 8th grade teachers will be looking for. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In episodic bursts, a Nisei lad describes two and a half years of making do in a World War II-era relocation camp.Swept off his family's West Coast farm in the wake of Pearl Harbor and resettled along ... Read full review

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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.

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