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My Life as a Diamond
By (author): Jenny Manzer
Jenny Manzer


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Sep 25, 2018
$10.95 CAD


7.5in x 5 x 0.44 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

176 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C103567
Orca Book Publishers
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Sporting stories|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Ball games and sports: Baseball and Softball|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Life skills and choices|Interest age: from c 9 years|Relating to Trans / Transgender people or gender minorities
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Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019, Commended Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award Diamond Willow 2019, Short-listed Chocolate Lily Award&#8212Novel Category 2019, Short-listed Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year 2018, Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended Victoria Book Prize Society Children's Book Prize 2019, Short-listed Sliver Birch Award Fiction 2020, Short-listed TD Summer Reading List 2020, Commended Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2021, Short-listed
  • Short Description
In this novel for middle-graders, talented baseball player Caspar Cadman has a great arm and a big secret. He used to live life as a girl.
Caspar just wants to play ball.

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

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?

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.

"An engaging sports story." - Kirkus 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

"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

"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

"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

"Provides 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." - 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

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