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My Life as a Diamond

by Jenny Manzer

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lgbt, friendship, baseball & softball
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Description

Ten-year-old Caspar "Caz" Cadman loves baseball and has a great arm. He loves the sounds, the smells, the stats. When his family moves from Toronto to a suburb of Seattle, the first thing he does is try out for the local summer team, the Redburn Ravens. Even though Caz is thrilled when he makes the team, he worries because he has a big secret.

No one knows that back in Toronto, Caz used to live life as a girl named Cassandra. And it's nobody's business. Caz will tell his new friends when he's ready.

But when a player on a rival team starts snooping around, Caz's past is revealed, and Caz worries it will be Toronto all over again.

Will Caz's teammates rally behind their star pitcher? Or will Caz be betrayed once more?

A heartwarming, funny, fast-paced story about the bravery it takes to live as your true self, no matter the cost.

About the Author
Jenny Manzer is the author of Save Me, Kurt Cobain, which was nominated for the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize. She has a degree in creative writing and was a finalist for the 2013 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious literary competitions. She lives with her family in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.jennymanzer.com.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, Sliver Birch Award Fiction
  • Short-listed, Victoria Book Prize Society Children's Book Prize
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Award—Novel Category
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award Diamond Willow
  • Commended, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year
Editorial Reviews

"[Caz's] teammates lend authenticity and humor to the book. Family dynamics are portrayed honestly…Competition between teams is fierce, as is camaraderie within the team."

— Booklist

&quotAn engaging sports story.&quot

— Kirkus Reviews

"Baseball fans will enjoy the play-by-play, but more than that, readers will like the character of Caz. Acceptance of others is a good message for everyone."

— School Library Connection

"A great novel for elementary grades to learn more about gender, identity, and transgender issues…Filled with lots of baseball lingo and references, this is the perfect book for a die-hard baseball fan."

— Resource Links

"The author put a lot of research into this…and was successful in having an elementary and middle grade appropriate transgender story. The inclusion of lots of baseball is a big plus, and will encourage readers to pick up the book."

— Ms. Yingling Reads blog

&quotProvides young readers with an opportunity to see a community that is accepting of Caz and who he is—not who they think he should be.&quot

— Quill & Quire

"The plot and characters strike an ideal balance that will have wide appeal, introducing readers to themes of gender identity that avoids didacticism and sensationalism. My Life as a Diamond will appeal to readers interested in baseball, team-sports, and realistic fiction. Highly Recommended."

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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