Phil Bildner is the author of numerous children’s picture books, including the Margaret Wise Brown Prize-winning “Marvelous Cornelius,” “Martina & Chrissie,” “Twenty-One Elephants,” “The Soccer Fence,” “The Hallelujah Flight” and “The Unforgettable Season.” He is author of “A Whole New Ballgame” and “Rookie of the Year,” the first two books in the middle grade Rip & Red series, and he is also the co-creator of The New York Times best-selling middle grade chapter book serial, “Sluggers.” A former middle school teacher in the New York City public schools, Phil spends much of the year visiting schools around the country conducting writing workshops and talking process with students. He lives in Newburgh, N.Y., with his husband and dog.
Author Website: https://philbildner.com/
Just when they think they've got the hang of things, Rip and Red find that fifth grade continues to challenge them in head-spinning ways. Tiki, a new girl whose Egyptian dad is an animal-rights activist, has just joined their class. She's charismatic, funny―and she's got game! Rip has his world turned upside down as Tiki proves to be tough competition on the Clifton United basketball team and leads a rebellion against the lousy new food service in the school cafeteria. Red―a kid on the autism spectrum―is struggling with the upheavals as well. But as these two funky and funny best friends discover, sometimes radical change is the right move, on the court and off.
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