The Diamond Girls
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Random House
Dixie is the youngest Diamond girl. She and her sisters - dreamy Martine, glamorous Rochelle and tough Jude - could hardly be more different, but their mum has always tried to teach them the value of sticking together. Now Mum's expecting yet another baby, and she's convinced this one's a boy. She insists they move to a bigger place - but it's rough, dilapidated and filthy, and before they've even unpacked, Mum's gone into labour! Can the Diamond girls pull together in time for her to come home? And will anyone spot Mum's little secret but Dixie?
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Random House
Diamond wasn’t always a star. Born to penniless parents who longed for a strong, healthy son, she was a dainty, delicate daughter - and a bitter disappointment. Discovering an extraordinary gift for acrobatics, Diamond uses her talent to earn a few pennies, but brings shame on her family. When a mysterious, cruel-eyed stranger spots her performing, Diamond is sold - and is taken to become an acrobat at Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus. The crowds adore Diamond, but life behind the velvet curtains is far from glamorous. Her wicked master forces Diamond to attempt ever more daring tricks, until she is terrified to step into the ring. But there are true friends to be found, too: the gentle Mister Marvel; the kindly Madame Adeline; and the glorious Emerald Star, Tanglefield’s brand-new ringmaster, and Diamond’s heroine. When life at the circus becomes too dangerous to bear any longer, what will the future hold for Diamond? And will her beloved Emerald be a part of it?
Queen of the Diamond
Author: Emily Arnold McCully
A picture book biography about Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play in a major league exhibition game and the first person to play on both the New England and American leagues' all-star teams, was created by the Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator of Mirette on the High Wire.
The return of Minor League baseball to Modesto, California in 1966 was historical, became record setting, and legendary. The mighty collection of Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Rollie Fingers, Dave Duncan, Tony La Russa, and other young players, all had Major League stars in their eyes. The team also had the first ever, in professional baseball, redheaded Bat Girls. I was one of them! We all worked hard together that year sweeping through the California League taking the 1966 League Championship. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent, because we were all guilty! Guilty of an awesome experience and a baseball season never to be forgotten by players, fans and this Bat Girl. This is how it all happened.
Lucy the Diamond Fairy
Author: Daisy Meadows
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
The Rainbow Magic Jewel Fairies bring the sparkle!
A mysterious poem and a series of dreams compel young Edward and Eleanor to search for Prince Krishna's treasure.
Author: Heather E. Schwartz
"Describes softball, the skills needed for it, and ways to compete"--Provided by publisher.
Author: Helen Frost
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
There's more to me than most people see. Twelve-year-old Willow would rather blend in than stick out. But she still wants to be seen for who she is. She wants her parents to notice that she is growing up. She wants her best friend to like her better than she likes a certain boy. She wants, more than anything, to mush the dogs out to her grandparents' house, by herself, with Roxy in the lead. But sometimes when it's just you, one mistake can have frightening consequences . . . And when Willow stumbles, it takes a surprising group of friends to help her make things right again. Using diamond-shaped poems inspired by forms found in polished diamond willow sticks, Helen Frost tells the moving story of Willow and her family. Hidden messages within each diamond carry the reader further, into feelings Willow doesn't reveal even to herself. Diamond Willow is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
The Diamond Horse
Author: Stacy Gregg
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
A frozen palace and a sparkling secret – an epic Russian adventure awaits!
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
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Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno have again collaborated to bring us a captivating picture book about a compelling but little-known piece of baseball history. Beginning in 1922, when Edith Houghton was only ten years old, she tried out for a women’s professional baseball team, the Philadelphia Bobbies. Though she was the smallest on the field, soon reporters were talking about “The Kid” and her incredible skill, and crowds were packing the stands to see her play. Her story reminds us that baseball has never been about just men and boys. Baseball is also about talented girls willing to work hard to play any way they can.
Beautiful and clever Demetra rules the White Winterland, a world of snow and ice. The Diamond Princess can see things that are happening in other places with her magic mirror.
Barbie and her best friend Teresa learn the true meaning of friendship as they set out to save the Diamond Castle from an evil muse. Original.
The Boston Girl
Author: Anita Diamant
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
When Addie Baum's 22-year old granddaughter asks her about her childhood, Addie realises the moment has come to relive the full history that shaped her. Addie Baum was a Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant Jewish parents who lived a very modest life. But Addie's intelligence and curiosity propelled her to a more modern path. Addie wanted to finish high school and to go to college. She wanted a career, to find true love. She wanted to escape the confines of her family. And she did. Told against the backdrop of World War I, and written with the same immense emotional impact that has made Diamant's previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman's complicated life in the early 20th Century, and a window into the lives of all women seeking to understand the world around them.