Fifth grade is exciting and unpredictable for best friends Rip and Red. Their new teacher, Mr. Acevedo, prefers eccentric out-of-the-box assignments that prove to be the opposite of boring test prep. When Mr. Acevedo turns out to be their new basketball coach too, the boys realize they’re along for a wild ride.— Jamie
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.