A High Five for Glenn Burke

A High Five for Glenn Burke

by Phil Bildner

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Overview

A 2021 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020

A heartfelt and relatable novel from Phil Bildner, weaving the real history of Los Angeles Dodger and Oakland Athletic Glenn Burke—the first professional baseball player to come out as gay—into the story of a middle-school kid learning to be himself.

When sixth grader Silas Wade does a school presentation on former Major Leaguer Glenn Burke, it’s more than just a report about the irrepressible inventor of the high five. Burke was a gay baseball player in the 1970s—and for Silas, the presentation is his own first baby step toward revealing a truth about himself he's tired of hiding. Soon he tells his best friend, Zoey, but the longer he keeps his secret from his baseball teammates, the more he suspects they know something’s up—especially when he stages one big cover-up with terrible consequences.

A High Five for Glenn Burke is Phil Bildner’s most personal novel yet—a powerful story about the challenge of being true to yourself, especially when not everyone feels you belong on the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374312732
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 212,919
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher and lives in Newburgh, New York. The author of many books, among them the Rip & Red series, he speaks at numerous schools and libraries every year.

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