A Diamond in the Desert

A Diamond in the Desert

Book - 2013
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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.
Audience: 010+.
Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9780142424377
Branch Call Number: J FIC Fitzm
Characteristics: 258 pages


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PimaLib_SueJ Jul 27, 2016

A great historical fiction about boys, the Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona and baseball.
Loved this book.

Aug 02, 2013

very touching and amazing to read...

cino1 Nov 16, 2012

A great historical read!
On December 6, 1941 Tetsu is a Californian boy who loves to play baseball. On December 7, 1941 everything changes. With the bombing of Pearl Harbour, Tetsu’s Japanese-American family is sent to Gila River internment camp. There’s nothing to do until someone suggests building a baseball diamond and starting a team. Then Tetsu’s sister becomes very ill and Tetsu has to choose between his love of baseball and his love for his family.
Of particular interest to boys ages 10 + as it covers one aspect of the war, some historical fact (some incidents are drawn from interviews with former camp residents) and baseball!

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