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The magical birdcage was in the attic, and when fifteen-year-old Silent discovers its secret and receives a message from her (allegedly deceased) aunt, this story is off to a rollicking start that is sure to capture the enthusiasm of readers ages 10 to 100.


Plot Hint: There seem to be two Newbury Streets, one at least a hundred years in the past and brimming with alchemy and magic.

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Alex Hiam, Author
Illustration by Alex Hiam


Alex Hiam’s studio is full of old paintings from his favorite time period, the late 1800s and early 1900s, so it’s no surprise that turn-of-the-Century Boston is featured in his magical tales about Silent Lee for younger teen readers.

Alex grew up in and around Boston and majored in anthropology at Harvard College, where he also wrote and illustrated articles about natural history, and won the English Department’s venerable Arnold Prize.


But the honor he is most proud of was being entrusted as a student with the key to the iron gates of Mount Auburn Cemetery, where he would let himself in at dawn on Spring mornings to study the migrating birds before the rest of Cambridge awoke.


Alex lives in Putney, Vermont, with his wife and five children, who are all avid readers; they are a muse and inspiration for many of his creations. His large family includes daughters ranging from pre-teens into their twenties, and his strong, nontraditional female leads are written for them.

He is currently plotting the third Silent Lee adventure. To see drafts of Alex's various writing projects, check out his postings on Wattpad.


Alex has taught "Making Writing Exciting!" at North Star, a learning center for self-directed teens, was a lecturer at U Mass Amherst, and has taught part-time in elementary through high school grades at The Grammar School and The Compass School near his new home in Vermont.


He's bravely sailed the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean, logging thousands of nautical miles (and plans someday soon to write a book about pirates).


He grew up visiting his Great Grandmother in her mysterious, famed Ames mansion on Dartmouth Street in downtown Boston, which really was in an earlier century, with mysterious and magical childhood experiences that provide inspiration for some of the settings in the Silent Lee series.

Adopted along with his twin, and the father of biracial children, his personal experiences weave thematically into his magically adventurous tales.

Should you or your organization be in need of an author's hand, this distinguished, award-winning author and scholar is available for hire, click here for Alex's resume.


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“PUTNEY, VT. – Local author Alex Hiam, originally from the Boston area and now residing in Putney, has released his latest teen fantasy fiction book in his “Silent Lee” book series titled “Silent Lee and the Oxford Adventure.” Released in September, the new book is the follow-up to “Silent Lee and the Adventures of the Side Door Key.”

Nov 22, 2020. Read more.

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Author Alex Hiam teaches creative writing to teens, which can lead to opportunities to create events in support of the book. Regional bookstores throughout New England may offer workshops with the author. Alex also arranges his own events to publicize the series at libraries, middle and elementary schools both public and private and home-school learning centers.

In the initial, awareness-building stage of the marketing initiative, each non-bookstore event is an opportunity to spread promotional copies of the title/s into bookstore market areas, so as to build buzz about the title among young readers and their teachers, librarians and families.


The blog page featuring writing prompts on our official website supports these fun and instructional events: Creative Writing Prompts for Teen Author workshops.

Author appearances at bookstores may be scheduled by contacting the author directly at

The New Farmers Almanac, Volume V, January 2021
The New Farmers Almanac, Volume V, January 2021
Alex Hiam's pen and ink drawing, Pintail Passing, will be featured in The New Farmers Almanac, Volume V, January 2021. The drawing shows a pintail duck flying past rushes with lilies and native New England butterflies and wildflowers.
Jan 04, 2021, 8:00 PM
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