Friday, February 28, 2020

A High Five for Glenn Burke - A 6th Grader Does a Report on the First Openly Gay Major League Player (as Maybe a Way to Start Coming Out Himself)

A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner
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.

Booklist gave this middle grade novel a starred review, calling it "“An essential book for all readers, not just baseball fans, about friendship, acceptance, and self-confidence.”

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Thanks to Yapha for the heads-up on this one.

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