Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy

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7.7 X 10.6 X 0.3 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Bill Wise is 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. Wise and his family live in Gorham, Maine.

Adam Gustavson has illustrated more than twenty highly praised books for children. In spite of his lack of baseball-playing skill, Gustavson enthusiastically embraced William Hoy's story and spent months researching baseball rules, uniforms, and stadiums in use during Hoy's lifetime. Gustavson is also a part-time art educator at the college level. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with his family.


"Employing rich descriptive language with just the right combination of drama and information, Wise emphasizes Hoy's steadfastness and determination in his baseball exploits and in every endeavor before and after his career. . . A fascinating introduction to a little-known hero." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Wise's biography covers Hoy's whole life, including the attack of meningitis that left him deaf at age three, and celebrates the courage and determination it took for Hoy to make it to the major leagues. Gustavson's oil illustrations complement the text nicely, providing historical details--handlebar moustaches, old uniforms, newspaper headlines, and panoramic views inside old ballparks--that will put readers in the games alongside Hoy, imagining the cheers from the stands that Hoy never heard." -- The Horn Book

"Along with attracting baseball fans, this perceptive portrait of an athlete overcoming a physical disability will also enrich curricula." -- Booklist

"An excellent blend of sports, history, and overcoming disabilities, the story of major leaguer William Hoy has much to offer." -- Library Media Connection

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