Caspar just wants to play ball.

Description

Talented baseball player Caspar “Caz” Cadman has a great arm and a big secret. No one knows that 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. Will Caz’s teammates rally behind their star pitcher? Or will Caz be betrayed once more? To learn more about this publisher, click here: http://bit. ly/1CdKhB5

Awards

  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year 2018
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award 2021
  • Short-listed, Sliver Birch Award Fiction 2020
  • Commended, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019
  • Short-listed, Victoria Book Prize Society Children's Book Prize 2019
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award Diamond Willow 2019
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Award—Novel Category 2019
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading List 2020

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

"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

"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

“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

"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