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A High Five for Glenn Burke

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In "A High Five for Glenn Burke," author Phil Bildner skillfully intertwines the inspiring story of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay professional baseball player, with the fictional journey of Silas Wade, a middle-schooler grappling with his own identity. Set against the backdrop of the sports world in the 1970s, the novel showcases Burke not only as an athletic icon but also as a symbol of courage and authenticity. As Silas prepares a school presentation on Burke, he finds himself taking the first tentative steps toward embracing his truth, mirroring the bravery Burke displayed decades earlier. His journey of self-acceptance unfolds with poignant mishaps and meaningful revelations, particularly within the realms of friendship and team dynamics. Recommended for middle-school readers, this narrative not only champions gender equality but also encourages a deeper understanding of identity and belonging. Celebrated as a 2021 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book and a favorite among several literary communities, Bildner’s novel invites readers to reflect on what it means to truly be oneself, both on and off the field.
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on February 25, 2020
288 pages
ISBN: 9780374312732
Best for readers in Middle School
This book provides valuable insights into Gender Equality , highlighting key issues and advancements within these areas

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