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The Buddha's Diamonds

author: Carolyn Marsden

Every day, Tinhheads out to sea with his father to catch fish for their family and themarket. While he may miss his simple life, flying kites with other children on the beach, Tinh is proud to work alongside Ba. Then a fierce storm strikes, and Ba entrusts Tinh to secure the family vessel, but the boy panics and runs away. It will take courage and faith to salvage the bamboo boat, win back Bas confidence, and return to sea. This graceful tale lyrically narrates a young Vietnamese boys literal and spiritual coming-of-age.

After a storm engulfs his village, a Vietnamese boy has glimmers of a new calling in this spare middle-grade novel written with authenticity and grace. (Ages 8-12)
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$5.99 / $7.00
isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763686972 /  9780763686970
on sale date:
01/2016
type/format:
Middle-grade Novel / EBook
age range:
8 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
112 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 3 - Grade 7
 
subjects:
Family; People & Places; Social Issues; Transportation;
author’s comments:
Carolyn Marsden says that The Buddha's Diamonds was inspired by a talk given by Thy Php Nim to the children of Deer Park Monastery. She lives in La Jolla, California.

Thy Php Nims childhood experiences form the basis of The Buddha's Diamonds. A year after the storm depicted in the story, he escaped postwar Vietnam and became a Buddhist monk. All of his royalties will be donated to the Touching and Helping Programs in Vietnam.
 
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