A High Five for Glenn Burke

October 31, 2020
A High Five for Glenn Burke

A heartfelt and relatable novel from Phil Bildner, weaving thereal history of Los Angeles Dodger and Oakland Athletic Glenn Burke- the first professional baseball player to come out as gay - intothe story of a middle-school kid learning to be himself.When sixth grader Silas Wade does a school presentation onformer Major Leaguer Glenn Burke, it’s more than just a reportabout the irrepressible inventor of the high five. Burke was a gaybaseball player in the 1970s―and for Silas, the presentation is hisown first baby step toward revealing a truth about himself he'stired of hiding. Soon he tells his best friend, Zoey, but thelonger he keeps his secret from his baseball teammates, the more hesuspects they know something’s up―especially when he stages one bigcover-up with terrible consequences.A High Five for Glenn Burke is Phil Bildner’s most personalnovel yet―a powerful story about the challenge of being true toyourself, especially when not everyone feels you belong on thefield.