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Children's Fiction Lgbt

My Life as a Diamond

by (author) Jenny Manzer

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Category
LGBT, Friendship, Baseball & Softball
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459818316
    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
    List Price
    $10.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459818330
    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
    List Price
    $0.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781459831148
    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price
    $36.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12

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 in this city knows that before Caz told his parents he was a boy, he lived a very different life. 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

Awards

  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Short-listed, Sliver Birch Award Fiction
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading List
  • Commended, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Short-listed, Victoria Book Prize Society Children's Book Prize
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award Diamond Willow
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Award—Novel Category
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year

Editorial Reviews

"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."

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"[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

"An engaging sports story."

Kirkus Reviews

&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

“Deals with heavy subject matter around identity and agency, but the fast pace of the book and the warmth and humour author Jenny Manzer imbues it with make this an accessible middle-grade read.”

Books & Ideas, Vancouver Writers Fest

"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

"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

"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

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