Silent Star

The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy

By Bill Wise; Adam Gustavson; Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)
Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781600604119, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 2012

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Description

William Hoy loved baseball. Growing up in the 1860s and '70s, he dreamed of one day playing in the major leagues. A far-off fantasy for many boys, fulfilling this dream was even more of a long shot for William, who was deaf.

Striving to find his place in a hearing world, Hoy became a shoemaker. He took pride in his work, but baseball was still his real love. When an amateur team coach saw him playing behind the shoemaker's shop, Hoy dazzled the coach with his hard-hitting skills. Moving from amateur clubs to the minor leagues and eventually to the majors, Hoy proved himself again and again overcoming obstacles and becoming a star both on and off the baseball diamond.

Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy is a tribute to one of the most inspirational figures in baseball history. A talented player with a standout record, Hoy is a shining example that success in life should not be measured by differences but by drive and determination.




About the Author
BILL WISE, an avid baseball fan, first heard about William Hoy when he was a child. Years later, after further research, Wise was inspired to bring Hoy's remarkable story to young readers. In addition to writing books, Wise teaches eighth grade math and language arts. He and his family live in Gorham, Maine.Adam Gustavson is the award-winning illustrator of over twenty books for children, including "Rock and Roll Highway" by Sebastian Robertson, "Just Kidding" by Trudy Ludwig, "Snow Day"! by Lester L. Laminack, and the Charlie Bumpers series by Bill Harley. Adam holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey with his family.Adam Gustavson is the award-winning illustrator of over twenty books for children, including "Rock and Roll Highway" by Sebastian Robertson, "Just Kidding" by Trudy Ludwig, "Snow Day"! by Lester L. Laminack, and the Charlie Bumpers series by Bill Harley. Adam holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey with his family.
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