A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

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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.

About Kathryn Fitzmaurice

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Kathryn Fitzmaurice taught elementary school in California for twelve years before becoming a full-time writer. Destiny, Rewritten is her third novel. Her first book for young readers, The Year the Swallows Came Early, was named a SCIBA Award finalist, a BookPage Best Book of the Year, one of ALA Booklist's Top Ten First Novels, and a Scholastic Instructor magazine Best Kids' Book, among many other accolades. You can visit her online at www.kathrynfitzmaurice.com.
Published February 16, 2012 by Puffin. 265 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Incorporating information and specific incidents drawn from interviews with former camp residents, Fitzmaurice has Tetsu describe his experiences and feelings in restrained vignettes threaded with poetic language—“Kimi looked at me with those eyes that always found the good part of things.” The o...

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