Diamond Park


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$17.99  $16.73
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.4 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Phillippe Diederich is a freelance photographer and writer. He is the son of Haitian exiles, and he grew up in Mexico City. He is a recipient of the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and the author of two previous novels, including the acclaimed novel Playing for the Devil's Fire, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. He lives in Florida.


A Booklist Best Book of 2022

★"Tense, raw and gorgeously written, Diamond Park will resonate with any reader who, in a world filled with ample reason for pessimism, strives instead for optimism."--Book Page, starred review

★ "Packs a punch while managing to wrest tough situations into the realm of hope."--Booklist, starred review

★"An important title displaying the complexities of Latinx culture and of finding a sense of self set against the backdrop of trying to catch a murderer, this story will keep readers on the edge with danger lurking behind every corner."--SLJ, starred review

"Phillippe Diederich's Diamond Park is a powerful novel about teenagers forced to grow up too soon, kids dealing with adult problems. Gripping and expertly paced, this literary thriller is about so many things--the implicit and explicit violence of the U.S.-Mexico border, the nuances of the Mexican-American experience, racial injustice. And most importantly family and friendship."--Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls

"Dark, compelling, and surprisingly hopeful."--Kirkus Reviews

"Diederich interweaves Mexican American culture and murder in a rollicking road trip adventure that offers action without sacrificing emotional heft... Flaco's realistic narrative voice offers a unique and thought-provoking, conversational perspective on class, mental health, and misogyny."--Publishers Weekly