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

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By Phil Bildner, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
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I love it when an all-kinds-of-inclusive book isn’t a book about inclusion; it’s first and foremost a terrific story. Basketball-mad Rip (who’s black) and Red (who’s autistic) are longtime best friends. They’re sure they have fifth grade and the basketball team all figured out. They’re stunned to learn that they have a brand-new teacher, and even more so when they get to know him. Mr. Acevedo turns his class’s ideas about teaching and learning and basketball inside out and upside down, and everyone comes out the better for it.

- Banna

— From Banna's Recs

I love it when an all-kinds-of-inclusive book isn’t a book about inclusion; it’s first and foremost a terrific story. Basketball-mad Rip (who’s black) and Red (who’s autistic) are longtime best friends. They’re sure they have fifth grade and the basketball team all figured out. They’re stunned to learn that they have a brand-new teacher, and even more so when they get to know him. Mr. Acevedo turns his class’s ideas about teaching and learning and basketball inside out and upside down, and everyone comes out the better for it.

- Banna

— From Books for Middle Grade Readers

Description


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 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, Phil is a frequent speaker at conferences and travels to over sixty schools a year.

Tim Probert has illustrated children’s books, including Pickle by Kim Baker, as well as magazines and advertisements. He is also a director at the animation studio Aardman Nathan Love. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…


“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

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