Coming February 25, 2020

My new middle grade novel, A HIGH FIVE FOR GLENN BURKE, is the most personal book I’ve ever written.

I wrote this book to provide a glimmer of light and hope for those LGBTQ kids who play sports but are struggling to feel welcome in the world of athletics. Queer kids need to know they can and should have the same opportunities and experiences as all kids. They need to know they can and should be allowed to play openly and safely.

I wrote this book to help kids grasp the importance of acceptance. I want to help kids — and everyone —  open their hearts and minds to the realities and struggles some of their own classmates and teammates may be living.

I wrote this book to help kids understand that coming out is not a moment. It’s a process, a journey. Often it’s beautiful, often it’s brutal. One moment, it’s exhilarating, the next debilitating.

It’s always real.

I hope you will read and share A HIGH FIVE FOR GLENN BURKE.


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About the Book

When sixth grader Silas Wade does a school presentation on former Major Leaguer Glenn Burke, it’s more than just a report on the actual 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 coming out. Soon he tells his best friend, Zoey, but the longer he keeps his truth 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 oneself, especially when others aren’t willing to make a place on the field for everyone.

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