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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:A Diamond in the Desert;\nCreators:Kathryn Fitzmaurice;\nInterestLevel:Grades 3-5; Grades 7-8;\nReadingLevel:Grades 3-5;\nGuidedReadingLevel:U;\nLexile:810L;\nTheme:Coming of age; Disillusionment and dreams; Forgiveness; Overcoming – fear, weakness, vice;\nGenre:Children's; Historical Fiction;\nPoV:First person voice of teenage Nisei boy;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Gila River, Arizona;\nChronology:1942–45;\nFacility:Gila River [3] - Rivers, Arizona;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">A Diamond in the Desert</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Kathryn Fitzmaurice</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Viking</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">2012</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">258</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Awards</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, VOYA, 2012</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:A Diamond in the Desert;\nAuthor:Kathryn Fitzmaurice;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Viking;\nPubDate:2012;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:258;\nAwards:Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, VOYA, 2012;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Novel for children centering on Tetsuo Kishi, a teenager at the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Gila River\">Gila River</a>, Arizona, concentration camp who finds solace in baseball.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\"><div id=\"toctitle\"><h2>Contents</h2></div>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Synopsis\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">1</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Synopsis</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Author_Background.2C_Historical_Accuracy.2C_and_Reception\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">2</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Author Background, Historical Accuracy, and Reception</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">3</span> <span class=\"toctext\">For More Information</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Reviews\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">4</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Reviews</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-5\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Footnotes\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">5</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Footnotes</span></a></li>\n</ul>\n</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">Synopsis</span></h2>\n<p>Before the war, Tetsuo lives with his eight-year-old sister Kimi and parents on a 200-acre farm in California. But his father, a community leader, is arrested after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Tetsuo, Kimi, and their mother soon find themselves behind barbed wire at Gila River, after a stint in horse stall at the <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Tulare (detention facility)\">Tulare Assembly Center</a>. Initially discouraged by the lack of privacy, poor food, and dust storms, his spirits are lifted when two neighbor boys and their baseball coach father move in next door, and the father announces a plan to build a baseball diamond in the camp. Tetsuo enthusiastically joins the effort. But when he abandons Kimi to go to baseball practice, causing her to disappear into the desert for a night and contract valley fever, he is devastated and loses his desire to play baseball as Kimi slowly recovers. He works loading trucks at the truck pool with friends, one of whom, Horse, has gone mute after losing his parents on a fishing boat during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Will Tetsuo ever regain his love for baseball? Written in Tetsuo's first person voice (he ages from twelve to sixteen in the novel), the action is episodic, as in a diary.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Author_Background.2C_Historical_Accuracy.2C_and_Reception\">Author Background, Historical Accuracy, and Reception</span></h2>\n<p>Author Kathryn Fitzmaurice dreamed of becoming a writer like her science fiction writer grandmother Eleanor Robinson, but settled in as an elementary school teacher based in Dana Point, California. Inspired to start writing again at age forty, her resulting middle grade novel <i>The Year the Swallows Came Early</i> (2009) gained great acclaim. She learned of baseball in the Japanese American concentration camps through a National History Day project by a student whose grandfather played at Gila. She based <i>A Diamond in the Desert</i> on many real events, including the story of <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Kenichi Zenimura\">Kenichi Zenimura</a> and Zenimura Field, and interviewed former players Tetsuo Furukawa, Jack Shosan Shimasaki, and Howard Zenimura.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup>\n</p><p>The events and descriptions of camp life are generally accurate. One small error is a reference to Japanese American guards patrolling the camp (pages 20 and 97); while there were Japanese American policemen in the camp, all guards patrolling the camp perimeter were non-Japanese American. She also writes of Tetsuo's father attending a meeting with <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">War Relocation Authority</a> (WRA) Director <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Dillon Myer\">Dillon Myer</a> in early 1945 that leads to many families considering leaving the camp; while the WRA certainly encouraged inmates to leave, such efforts had been ongoing for at least two years by that point.\n</p><p>The uniformly positive reviews praised the \"restrained vignettes threaded with poetic language\" and \"fluid language and vivid imagery\" as well as the book's potential appeal for reluctant readers.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">[2]</a></sup> Linda Perkins of <i>Booklist</i> notes that \"Tetsu's restrained narration occasionally slips into an adult voice, but his feelings and frustrations ring true.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\">[3]</a></sup>\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like: <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp (book)\">The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp</a></i>; <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\",_Mirror_Lake_Internment_Camp_(book)\" title=\"The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp (book)\">The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp</a></i>; <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"\" title=\"Missing in Action (book)\">Missing in Action</a></i>; <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/Under_the_Blood_Red_Sun_(book)\" title=\"Under the Blood Red Sun (book)\">Under the Blood Red Sun</a></i>, <i><a class=\"encyc rg\" href=\"/wiki/House_of_the_Red_Fish_(book)\" title=\"House of the Red Fish (book)\">House of the Red Fish</a></i>\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Publisher website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">Reviews</span></h2>\n<p><i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Kirkus Reviews</a></i>, Dec. 1, 2011, 2227. [\"Fitzmaurice has Tetsu describe his experiences and feelings in restrained vignettes threaded with poetic language.\"]\n</p><p>Perkins, Linda. <i>Booklist</i>, March 15, 2012, 62. [\"Tetsu’s restrained narration occasionally slips into an adult voice, but his feelings and frustrations ring true. A solid, affecting choice for multicultural and WWII studies, with resources for student research appended.\"]\n</p><p><i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">Publishers Weekly</a></i>, Dec. 12, 2011, 69. [\"Tetsu provides intimate first-person narration throughout, as Fitzmaurice captures the dismal circumstances and somber mood of the camp, but also the much-needed hope that baseball provided for a few of those who were forced to live there.\"]\n</p><p>Rassulo, Mary Beth. <i>School Library Journal</i>, Feb. 2012, 118. [\"Moving the story forward with fluid language and vivid imagery, Fitzmaurice hits home with this important piece of historical fiction.\"]\n</p><p><i>VOYA</i> 35.6 (Feb. 2013): 521. [\"Fitzmaurice entwines information and specific events that she learned about from interviews with former camp residents with poetic language and descriptions of everyday life for Tetsu…. The reader sees a clear representation of patience during adversity and making the best of it while living in what has come to be seen as a shameful time in our history.\"]\n</p><p>Wendorf, Sarah. <i>Library Media Connection</i>, Aug./Sept. 2012, 67. [\"This book provides a striking glimpse at internment camp life and would fit well with the study of World War II or human rights. The way one character handles grief will be a discussion point. Divided into short scenes, this book is an accessible read for reluctant readers.\"]\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">\"Kathryn Fitzmaurice,\" <i>Contemporary Authors Online</i>, Gale, 2011, accessed on Nov. 3, 2016 at;sw=w&amp;u=hono44147&amp;v=2.1&amp;id=GALE%7CH1000199176&amp;it=r&amp;asid=e2fc15289fd4e98e6aa84bbeaffd18c5; Peter Larsen, \"O.C. Writer Gets Grandma's Gift of Inspiration,\" <i>Orange County Register</i>, Aug. 21, 2013, accessed on Nov 4, 2016 at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\"><i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, Dec. 1, 2011, 2227, accessed on Nov. 3, 2016 at <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\"></a>; Mary Beth Rassulo, <i>School Library Journal</i>, Feb. 2012, 118; Sarah Wendorf, <i>Library Media Connection</i>, Aug./Sept. 2012, 67.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Linda Perkins, <i>Booklist</i>, March 15, 2012, 62.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.148 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.150 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 427/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2647/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 7158/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1508/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2957-0!*!0!!en!5!* and timestamp 20180116204207 and revision id 27310\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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