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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.
Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher who lives in Brooklyn. He travels to over sixty schools a year, and is also the author of Rookie of the Year. philbildner.com
Tim Probert has illustrated children's books, advertisements, promotional material, and worked in animation production. He lives in New York City. timprobert.com