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Most Valuable Players

Most Valuable Players

A Rip & Red Book

Rip and Red (Volume 4)

Phil Bildner; illustrations by Tim Probert

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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In the fourth book of the Rip and Red series, the two boys have one last basketball thrill ride before the end of fifth grade.

It’s fifth-grade graduation time for Rip and Red, and this year’s festivities are going to be extra special because Reese Jones Elementary is also celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. As part of the gala, Hoops Machine, the exhibition basketball team, is paying a visit, and Rip may be playing a surprise role. But he and his friends need to finish their schoolwork first, which includes taking a newly required standardized test. However, when the students of Room 208 begin to question the need to take the test, a mini opt-out movement gains momentum. When the administration gets wind of this rebellion in Mr. Acevedo’s class, Hoops Machine, middle-school basketball tryouts, and walking at the graduation ceremony are in jeopardy. So is Mr. A’s job. But luckily for Rip, Red, their classmates, and their teacher, when you stand up for what you believe in, the people you’ve touched along the way rally to your corner.

Most Valuable Players is the fourth book in the Rip & Red series, written by Phil Bildner with illustrations by Tim Probert.

Bubba Chuck


Stumbling over her too-big-for-her-body puppy paws, Bubba chased after the flying Frisbee. When it was almost directly overhead, she sprang off her hind legs, leaped as high as she could, and caught it in her mouth.

“Boo-yah!”...

Praise for Most Valuable Players

Tournament of Champions:

“Bildner's diverse cast of characters is what energizes this tremendously engaging story . . . Another solid volume in a fun and lively series.” —Kirkus Reviews

Rookie of the Year:

“This fast, fun read featuring characters who love books as much as basketball will appeal to sports fans and nonathletes alike.” —School Library Journal

A diverse cast of characters highlights this good-natured, high-spirited slice of life.” —Kirkus Reviews

A Whole New Ballgame:

“The book depicts the evolution of a group of fifth graders who learn a lot, grow a lot, and help one another . . . The charming and diverse characters [are] pure fun with a lot of heart.” —School Library Journal

“If the students are inspiring, so is [their teacher] Mr. Acevedo, who risks his job to do such radical things as reading aloud and encouraging free reading. (He's supposed to be preparing the kids to take tests!) Probert's cartoonish illustrations lend energy and personality to the likable cast of characters.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This warm slice-of-life novel from Bildner engages and entertains . . . Probert's energetic illustrations match the positive exuberance of the story.” —Publishers Weekly

“With its energetic and authentic story and artwork, this is a fresh, fun book about school, sports, and friendship.” —Children's Book Council

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Tournament of Champions:

“Bildner's diverse cast of characters is what energizes this tremendously engaging story . . . Another solid volume in a fun and lively series.” —Kirkus Reviews

Rookie of the Year:

“This fast, fun read featuring characters who love books as much as basketball will appeal to sports fans and nonathletes alike.” —School Library Journal

A diverse cast of characters highlights this good-natured, high-spirited slice of life.” —Kirkus Reviews

A Whole New Ballgame:

“The book depicts the evolution of a group of fifth graders who learn a lot, grow a lot, and help one another . . . The charming and diverse characters [are] pure fun with a lot of heart.” —School Library Journal

“If the students are inspiring, so is [their teacher] Mr. Acevedo, who risks his job to do such radical things as reading aloud and encouraging free reading. (He's supposed to be preparing the kids to take tests!) Probert's cartoonish illustrations lend energy and personality to the likable cast of characters.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This warm slice-of-life novel from Bildner engages and entertains . . . Probert's energetic illustrations match the positive exuberance of the story.” —Publishers Weekly

“With its energetic and authentic story and artwork, this is a fresh, fun book about school, sports, and friendship.” —Children's Book Council

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Reviews from Goodreads

Phil Bildner; illustrations 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—including Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans and The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa—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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