Groundwood Books

Thumb on a Diamond

Written by Ken Roberts • Illustrated by Leanne Franson

For students in grades 3 - 5 | Published February 17, 2006 | ISBN 9781554981663
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

Cover of Thumb on a Diamond

Regular price $8.95 CAD

128 pages
Digital Format

About this book

Thumb on a Diamond

Ken Roberts • Leanne Franson

A Horn Book Fanfare Top Ten List selection and an SSLI Honor Book

Thumb and Susan come up with an ingenious plan that will take all of the village's nine school-aged kids on the trip of a lifetime. They'll 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 them has ever played baseball before. Never mind that there are no other teams to compete for the regional championship. Never mind that the village is not even wide enough to accommodate a baseball diamond.

With a lot of ingenuity and a little grownup help, including the advice of a shipwrecked British children's writer-cum-cricket-expert named Mr. Entwhistle, the New Auckland Beavers go into training and start packing their bags. But what will happen when they get to Vancouver? Will they be humiliated by the toughest teams in the province?

About the Creators

Ken Roberts

Ken Roberts is the author of several popular books for young readers. He is chief librarian of the Hamilton Public Library and lives with his family near Brantford, Ontario.

Leanne Franson

Leanne Franson is a children's book illustrator who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and who lives now in Montreal. Visit Leanne Franson's website: