A Novel to Celebrate World Hearing Day

Posted on: 03/03/2020 Back to all blog posts

It’s World Hearing Day, and to celebrate, Royal Fireworks Press is re-releasing a relevant and touching novel for children about hearing loss.

What if you woke up one morning, and the entire world was silent? Although it’s rare, this scenario actually happens to some people, and it happened to twelve-year-old David, shattering his dreams of becoming a professional violinist. He suffered sudden and permanent hearing loss in both ears. He would never hear anything again.

If your dream is to be a musician, and you become deaf, then life is hardly worth living, right? David thinks so—at first. But he is fortunate enough to have some deaf adults around him who show him that, although it will never be what he had expected or planned, life can be just as rich and fulfilling for people in the deaf community as it can be for anyone else.

Royal Fireworks Press is pleased to reissue the novel Goodbye, Tchaikovsky, a poignant tale about David’s journey through his teen years as he navigates the difficulties of being handicapped in a hearing world. Although David makes the painful decision to lay down his violin, he does so because it is the right thing for him to do in order to move forward into the new life that he needs to embrace.

At Royal Fireworks Press, we are deeply concerned that children have opportunities to read about characters with whom they can identify. There aren’t a lot of books out there for the hearing impaired, and we’re proud to offer a few, which can be found on our web page of books about and for deaf children. There, readers will find three other novels—a series of books about Jake, a deaf boy who is mainstreamed into public school. We also offer two books for young children to help them learn American Sign Language: our Hand Talk series, which features links to videos of the author preforming the signs.

Being deaf or hard of hearing isn’t easy, but it’s also not a prison sentence. It’s an opportunity to enter a community that most people don’t know, to learn and communicate in ways that most people don’t use, and to rely on senses that most people take for granted. That might sound intimidating, and it certainly can be. But it doesn’t have to be, and that is why we’re proud to offer books like Goodbye, Tchaikovsky that introduce children to stories that will help them move forward, no matter what the world sounds like to them.

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