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Macmillan Children's Book

Tournament of Champions

Rip and Red (Volume 3)

Author: Phil Bildner; illustrations by Tim Probert

Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

$7.99

About This Book

Rip and Red are back at center court in the third book of this middle grade series about school, sports, and friendship that "engages and entertains" (Publishers Weekly).
Page Count
272
On Sale
05/29/2018
Age Range
8-12

Book Details

The third book in a fun, illustrated middle-grade series about friendship, school, and basketball.

It's spring of their fifth-grade year and Rip and Red have a thrilling opportunity to participate in a weekend basketball tournament with a few other members of Clifton United. While the tournament is only a short bus ride away, both boys will travel outside their comfort zones.

Ultra-competitive Rip must play on a team with kids he doesn't like. But he faces an even bigger hurdle when someone from his past returns, someone he hasn't seen in years, someone who just may derail the entire weekend. As for Red, because of his autism spectrum disorder, he's never traveled anywhere without his mother. Will he muster the courage to take the trip?

Fortunately for both boys, also on the team is an unlikely addition, a source of inspiration who helps everyone discover the true meaning of the word champion.

Tournament of Champions by Phil Bildner, with illustrations by Tim Probert, is a fun, fast-paced, and diverse middle grade novel perfect for reluctant readers and sports fans.

Read all of the Rip and Red series:
A Whole New Ballgame
Rookie of the Year
Tournament of Champions
Most Valuable Players


Praise for 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

Praise for 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

Imprint Publisher

Square Fish

ISBN

9781250158437

In The News

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

About the Creators

Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions

$7.99