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Rip and Red (Volume 2)

Phil Bildner; illustrated by Tim Probert

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


Just when they think they've got the hang of things, Rip and Red find that fifth grade continues to challenge them in head-spinning ways. Tiki, a new girl whose Egyptian dad is an animal-rights activist, has just joined their class. She's charismatic, funny—and she's got game! Rip has his world turned upside down as Tiki proves to be tough competition on the Clifton United basketball team and leads a rebellion against the lousy new food service in the school cafeteria. Red—a kid on the autism spectrum—is struggling with the upheavals as well. But as these two funky and funny best friends discover, sometimes radical change is the right move, on the court and off.

This title has Common Core connections.

Cafeteria Basketball

“It all comes down to this,” I said, announcing the play-by-play. “Ten seconds on the clock, Clifton United trails by two. Irving has the ball at the top of the key.”

Actually, I was...

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Phil Bildner; illustrated by Tim Probert

Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher and lives in Newburgh, New York. The author of many books, he speaks at numerous schools and libraries every year.

Tim Probert also illustrated Kim Baker's novel Pickle. He lives in New York City.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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