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Thumb on a Diamond
by Ken Roberts
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Leon (now known by his new nickname, Thumb) and his best friend Susan love their tiny, remote fishing village of New Auckland. Wedged between the sea and the mountains, it is beautiful, peaceful and getting a little boring. So Thumb and Susan come up with an ingenious plan to form a baseball team, win the regional title, and qualify to be sent to the provincial championships in Vancouver, courtesy of the school board. Never mind that none of the village's nine school-aged children have ever played baseball before. Never mind that there are no other teams to compete with for the regional championship. Never mind that the village is not even wide enough for a baseball diamond. With a lot of ingenuity and a little grown-up help, including the advice of shipwrecked British children’s writer Mr. Entwhistle, the New Auckland Beavers go into training and start packing their bags. But what will happen when they get to Vancouver?
Ken Roberts’s witty portrait of the droll, gently subversive villagers of New Auckland makes this a welcome sequel to its acclaimed predecessor.
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The kids from New Auckland are dying to see something outside of their little villiage. Then, Thumb comes up with a plan to form a baseball team so the kids can go to the big tournament in Vancouver, but there are a few problems with their plan. There is no grass in New Auckland, no baseball diamond and no place large enough to put one. Also, none of the kids have ever played baseball before.
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