2015 Rebecca Caudill Roundup: A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

diamonddesertKathryn Fitzmaurice’s A Diamond in the Desert is based on a true story, telling the tale of a baseball team at the Gila River Relocation Center, a WWII Japanese internment camp in Arizona. Twelve-year-old Tetsu Kishi is relocated there from California, along with his mother and younger sister, Kimi. His father has been detained for some time by the government for questioning, as he was a leader in the Japanese American community. Testu works with Coach Tanaka and the other boys in the camp to both create a field and field a team. The middle of the book includes a poignant sub-plot about Kimi going missing and contracting valley fever–and Tetsu’s guilt that is so strong he quits baseball for several months. However, when his father returns to the family and his sister starts getting stronger, Tetsu finds his passion for the sport once more.

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