A Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red Book (Paperback)

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By Phil Bildner, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
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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.

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250079763
ISBN-10: 1250079764
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Rip and Red