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A Whole New Ballgame

A Whole New Ballgame

A Rip and Red Book

Rip and Red (Volume 1)

Phil Bildner; illustrated by Tim Probert

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Fifth grade is one crazy ride in this middle grade novel about two best friends.

Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They have a crazy new tattooed teacher named Mr. Acevedo, who doesn't believe in tests or homework and who likes off-the-wall projects, the more "off" the better. And guess who's also their new basketball coach? Mr. Acevedo! Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. And for Red, who has autism and really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of a struggle. But together these two make a great duo who know how to help each other—and find ways to make a difference—in the classroom and on the court.

With its energetic and authentic story and artwork, A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner is a fresh, fun book about school, sports, and friendship.

“Cartoony illustrations lend energy and personality to the likable cast of characters. A school story with heart.” —Kirkus Reviews

This title has Common Core connections.

Fifth Grade!



I bolted toward the chain-link fence. Red shot for the gate. In full stride, I slipped my backpack down my shoulders, and as soon as Red grabbed the metal post and spun into the schoolyard, I flung...

Praise for A Whole New Ballgame

“Pure fun with a lot of heart.” —School Library Journal

“Cartoony illustrations lend energy and personality to the likable cast of characters. A school story with heart.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This warm slice-of-life novel from Bildner engages and entertains.” —Publishers Weekly

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Phil Bildner; illustrated by Tim Probert

Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher who lives in Brooklyn. The author of many books, including Rookie of the Year, he travels to over sixty schools a year.
Tim Probert has illustrated children's books (Pickle), advertisements, promotional material, and worked in animation production. He lives in New York City.

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