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Bill Wise

Bill Wise is an author and illustrator. Bill Wise was awarded the National Council for Social Studies Carter G. Woodson Elementary Book Award and the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award for Primary Nonfiction. Silent Star, the Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy (Lee & Low Books), also a picture book biography, was named one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year, Outstanding Merit by Bank Street College of Education in 2013. Bill lives in Gorham, ME.

Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American; Penobscot;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

On a Maine summer day in 1884, twelve-year-old Penobscot Indian Louis Sockalexis first fell in love with baseball. As he grew up, Louis honed his skills and dreamed of one day joining a major league team.

Louis encountered opposition at every turn—from the jeers of teammates and the taunts of spectators who thought he had no place in a "white man's sport" to the disapproval of his father, who wanted Louis to focus on tribal life. Louis finally made it to the major league Cleveland Spiders, but racism followed him, until one momentous day in June 1897 at New York's Polo Grounds. Facing off against the most feared pitcher in baseball, Louis proved he belonged in the sport.

Here is the inspiring story of a boy who dared to make his dream a reality. With determination, courage, and quiet dignity, Louis Sockalexis smashed racial barriers and home runs, leaving an indelible mark on America's favorite sport.

Educator Information
Guided Reading: Q
Lexile: AD920L
Interest Level: Grades 1 - 5
Reading Level: Grades 2 - 4

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.50" x 8.25"