Sounds of Silenceby Phillip III Tomasso
Twelve-year-old Marco Lippa is the star pitcher for his little league baseball team and does his best to lead his team to victory against their cross-town rivals, reveling in the cheering and applause. After one particular game, he becomes sick and is rushed to the hospital. Treated for meningococcal disease, Marco wakes up to discover that he is deaf-and all of his dreams seem to crumble.
Now Marco must come to terms with living in a silent world-and the grief, anger and loss that seem to go with it. He is enrolled at the state boarding school for the deaf, leaving behind his comfortable home and his family and friends while he re-learns how to communicate and function without his hearing.
As if that wasn't hard enough, he quickly discovers that being deaf does not exempt him from the "normal" anxieties he faced at home-bullies, girls, and fitting in. Will he ever find his way back to his dreams?
"This heartwarming coming-of-age story will resonate with many deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, as well as their hearing families and friends. It is both a realistic and an upbeat account of how one young man confronts his sudden deafness and in doing so, realizes that it need not keep him from attaining his dreams." -- I. King Jordan, President, Gallaudet University
"This inspirational novel beautifully represents how family support, the resilience of youth, and the universal languages of love and friendship can help overcome any obstacle. Mr. Tomasso does a superb job of illustrating the beauty of two cultures and how we are all better by embracing diversity." -- Harold Mowl, Jr.. PhD, Superintendent, Rochester School for the Deaf
"A positive story about meeting a special life challenge." -- Jeanne Griffin, Deaf Friends International
"Tomasso has a likeable rhythm/pace in his writing style. Where you are in your own deaf experience will shade the meaning of the book for you. Some might say that Marco only 'lost his hearing,' he didn't become deaf. Their experience with hearing loss will invite different interpretations of Marco's journey. Marco does appear to easily join 'deafness' but Tomasso introduces enough ambiguity about this new chosen identity to keep us wanting to learn more of Marco's journey after the book ends."-Max Wilhite, American Society for Deaf Children
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Meet the Author
Since 1995, Phillip Tomasso has had over 100 books, short stories and articles published. Sounds of Silence is his eleventh published novel. His thrillers Johnny Blade and Adverse Impact won awards in 2002 and 2005. In 2004 and 2005, writing as Grant R. Philips, Tomasso had two books for kids published (King Gauthier & the Little Dragon Slayer and Jay Walker: The Case of the Missing Action Figure). In 2007, his first Christian suspense novel, The Molech Prophecy, was released under the pen name, Thomas Phillips. Working full time as a Fire/EMS Dispatcher for 911, Tomasso lives in Rochester, New York with his three children. In what little spare time he can scrape up, Tomasso enjoys reading, B horror films, and playing guitar. Feel free to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or through his website, www.philliptomasso.com.
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