A Diamond in the Desertby Kathryn Fitzmaurice
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.
"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
Meet 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.
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This book is full of great discription and drama.It is actioned packed.Also I felt like I was playing baseball with him.I is apprpiote for children ages 10+.
This book is a very inspirational book because the kids have nothing to do at the camp or that is what they think. They end up making the camp a fun place by playing baseball. Here is what the book is about. It is about a boy named Tetsu and him and his family are forced to move into a camp fo all japanesse americans. They had to go to a camp because when the japanesse bombed Pearl Harbor the american government forced all of the japanesse living in america to go to a camp because thay did not want anything else bad to happen. While Tetsu and his family are in the camp Tetsu mets some boys who play baseball and Tetsu plays baseball too so Tetsu and his friends decide to play baseball while they are in the camp. Here are some words for this book. Awesome inspirational amazing sluggerific great good magnificent well-written sweet. You will not find a book that hits the sweet spot as well as this one does. This book is sluggerific.
Very good book i love it