A High Five for Glenn Burke

A High Five for Glenn Burke

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.

Title:A High Five for Glenn Burke
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    A High Five for Glenn Burke Reviews

  • Paul  Hankins

    I was seven years old in 1977. I might have collected baseball cards if they were on sale at Kmart and I may have actually had a box of Kmart baseball cards that I mixed with Star Wars cards in order ...

  • Laura

    “You be you.”Give me a high five! I found a great, middle grade, coming out story with authentic voices and pitch-perfect baseball action. Plus a little history to explore and Sandlot shout outs g...

  • Melissa

    Really enjoyed this one...

  • Maura

    How much do I love this book? It's a home run. It's free box seats in the second row behind home plate (first row would be pretentious) at a minor league baseball game on a clear & sunny April day, an...

  • Lynn Plourde

    An important middle grade novel disguised as a baseball book. Silas Wade's voice rings at times strong and at other time scared, but it always rings true. The acknowledgments made me cry. Author Phil ...

  • Gary Anderson

    All good baseball books are about more than just baseball, but to be credible, the author needs to get the baseball right. In A High Five for Glenn Burke (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2020), author Phil Bild...

  • Laura Gardner

    5 for High Five for Glenn Burke by @philbildner...I think this is now my #1 favorite book about coming out for the middle school audience. Silas is such a fabulous character--he's likable, funny, and ...

  • Alex  Baugh

    Twelve-year-old Silas Wade loves baseball. He could play it, talk about, think about it, and probably even dream about it 24/7. And his baseball hero is Glenn Burke, a black major leaguer who played f...

  • Don

    (FROM MY BLOG) Silas is twelve years old. He's in sixth grade. He plays center field for his Little League team, the Renegades.He's an outstanding baseball player, his athletic performance heightened ...

  • Sally Kruger

    I've long been a fan of author Phil Bildner. His latest book A HIGH FIVE FOR GLENN BURKE is a treasure I can't wait to share. Tapping into his own struggle growing up as a gay boy in a world where bei...