Bound To Stay Bound

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 High five for Glenn Burke
 Author: Bildner, Phil

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 277 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 119809 ISBN: 9780374312732
 Ages: 10-13 Grades: 5-8

 Burke, Glenn -- Fiction
 Baseball -- Fiction
 School stories
 Coming out (Sexual orientation) -- Fiction
 Gays -- Fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

After researching Glenn Burke, the first major league baseball player to come out as gay, sixth-grader Silas Wade slowly comes out to his best friend Zoey, then his coach, with unexpected consequences.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 508869

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/19)
   Booklist (+) (02/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2020 *Starred Review* When Silas has to do a presentation on a famous inventor for his sixth-grade class, he chooses Glenn Burke, the baseball center fielder credited with inventing the high five. “When Glenn Burke arrived in the big leagues in 1976, the Los Angeles Dodgers thought he was going to be the next Willie Mays,” Silas explains, but there’s one thing he doesn’t share with his class, friends, or teammates: Burke was pushed out of baseball because, like Silas, he was gay. Even as he considers coming out, Silas worries about his secret being revealed. As he becomes increasingly nervous, he distances himself from baseball and, worse, tells a lie about his best friend Zoey, which causes her to stop speaking to him. Bildner’s (Martina & Chrissie, 2017) latest is a middle-grade book that will have broad appeal. Young readers will relate to Silas and cheer him on as he navigates longstanding relationships that suddenly seem new and awkward. Muted problems at home, seen through Silas’ eyes, encourage communication with and trust in parents. The story also speaks to the importance of creating a welcoming community—whether on a baseball field or in a classroom—that embraces differences with not only tolerance but also complete and unrelenting support. An essential book for all readers, not just baseball fans, about friendship, acceptance, and self-confidence. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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