Glenn Burke, Game Changer: The Man Who Invented the High Five

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$18.99  $17.66
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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11.02 X 9.06 X 0.39 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher who lives in Newburgh, New York with his husband, dog, and cats. He is the author of many picture books and novels, including the acclaimed coming-of-age story A High Five for Glenn Burke as well as the middle grade Rip & Red series.

Daniel J. O'Brien is a Trinidadian-born author and illustrator currently residing in New York. He holds a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Daniel has written, illustrated, designed, and self-published two children's books, The Carnival Prince and I Am the Midnight Robber, and is also the illustrator of The Talking Mango Tree, The Masquerade Dance, and Juneteenth.


Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

"Following up his middle-grade novel A High Five for Glenn Burke, Bildner pens a picture-book biography about a remarkable gay Black baseball player . . . O'Brien's illustrations, opaque and with highly defined detail, are both imposing and intimate, and they move readers through Burke's trials and triumphs. Bildner's honest and weighty text is balanced by spreads full of motion, whether figures round bases or connect with high-fives. A bittersweet legacy now accessible to younger readers and sports fans." --Kirkus Reviews

"Portraying the athlete as someone who 'could change the game, ' Bildner conveys Burke's high energy . . . O'Brien's distinctive use of composition and saturated palette lend cinematic appeal to this affecting story." --Publishers Weekly