A Whole New Ballgame|Phil Bildner
A Whole New Ballgame : A Rip and Red Book
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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.


  • ISBN-13: 9781250079763
  • ISBN-10: 1250079764
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publish Date: July 2016
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.44 pounds
  • Page Count: 272
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12