ARC Reviews, Children, LGBTQ+, Middle Grade Fiction, Sports

A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner

Grades 4 – 6

A High Five for Glenn Burke

Glenn Burke was a gay baseball player in the 1970s, and also the inventor of the high five. Sixth grader Silas decides to do a school report and presentation on Glenn Burke, but it feels more personal than just a school assignment, because Silas himself is gay, and in the closet. This assignment feels like his way of gearing up to coming out to his friends and family. When he does, how will they react?

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

Memoirs, Sports

Just Don’t Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made It Down the Mountain by Josh Sundquist

Ages 18+


Nine-year-old Josh Sundquist’s life changed forever when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and lost his left leg as a result of the cancer. He grew up in a small Virginia town and was home schooled with his siblings as his parents struggled to make ends meet. Then one day he attempts to ski for the first time on a nearby mountain. From then on he is determined to ski in the Paralympics, however, he still has academics, another cancer scare, and his physical abilities to worry about. He realizes that if he is to succeed, he has to persevere and conquer the mountain.

ARC Reviews, Sports, YA Fiction

The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson

Grades 9-12

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From Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson comes a debut YA novel that everyone will enjoy. Charlotte, or Charlie, as she is known to family and friends, has a secret. She is training to win the gold in the Olympics. She spends all her time outside of school being the best gymnast she can be, until a certain someone throws her goal off – a guy who’s caught her eye. Can she balance her love life and her gymnastics career? Read The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson to find out.

Thanks to for a review copy of this book.

Poetry, Sports, YA Fiction

Booked by Kwame Alexander


Grades 8-12

Eighth grader Nick loves soccer and hates books. It’s ironic that his father is a verbomaniac (someone who is obsessed with words), and makes Nick read the dictionary on a daily basis.  If it weren’t for April, the girl Nick has a crush on, he probably would have never read a book of his own free will. April gives Nick a couple of books, and he loves them just as much as he loves soccer – well, almost. Alexander’s novel in verse is bound to hook soccer lovers and haters alike.