Friday, May 29, 2020

A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner - ESSENTIAL

A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner, 274 pages. Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers (Macmillan), 2020. $17.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content PG; Violence: G



Sixth grader Silas Wade is great at baseball.  He loves the sport.  So when Silas does a school report on baseball player Glenn Burke, the inventor of the high five, no one is surprised.  But for Silas, the report means so much more because Glen Burke was also gay, a fact that becomes increasingly more important to Silas. 

Written with humor and sensitivity, this book is a must read for anyone struggling to figure out who they are and how they fit in. It is also great to teach empathy. I loved learning about real-life Glen Burke and Silas is an engaging character. Beautifully written, this book will reel in even reluctant readers, and The Sandlot references are fun.

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