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Tournament of Champions

Phil Bildner Tim Probert



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St Martin's Press
26 June 2018
Series: Rip and Red
It's spring of their fifth-grade year and Rip and Red have a thrilling opportunity to participate in a weekend basketball tournament with a few other members of Clifton United. While the tournament is only a short bus ride away, both boys will travel outside their comfort zones.

Ultra-competitive Rip must play on a team with kids he doesn't like. But he faces an even bigger hurdle when someone from his past returns, someone he hasn't seen in years, someone who just may derail the entire weekend.

As for Red, because of his autism spectrum disorder, he's never travelled anywhere without his mother. Will he muster the courage to take the trip? Fortunately for both boys, also on the team is an unlikely addition, a source of inspiration who helps everyone discover the true meaning of the word champion.
By:   Phil Bildner
Illustrated by:   Tim Probert
Imprint:   St Martin's Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   5
Dimensions:   Height: 193mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   206g
ISBN:   9781250158437
ISBN 10:   1250158435
Series:   Rip and Red
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   26 June 2018
Recommended Age:   From 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher who lives in Newburgh, New York. The author of many books, he speaks at numerous schools and libraries every year. Tim Probert also illustrated Kim Baker's novel Pickle. He lives in New York City.

Reviews for Tournament of Champions

Rookie of the Year This fast, fun read featuring characters who love books as much as basketball will appeal to sports fans and nonathletes alike. --School Library Journal A diverse cast of characters highlights this good-natured, high-spirited slice of life. --Kirkus Reviews A Whole New Ballgame The book depicts the evolution of a group of fifth graders who learn a lot, grow a lot, and help one another . . . The charming and diverse characters [are] pure fun with a lot of heart. --School Library Journal If the students are inspiring, so is [their teacher] Mr. Acevedo, who risks his job to do such radical things as reading aloud and encouraging free reading. (He's supposed to be preparing the kids to take tests!) Probert's cartoonish illustrations lend energy and personality to the likable cast of characters. --Kirkus Reviews This warm slice-of-life novel from Bildner engages and entertains . . . Probert's energetic illustrations match the positive exuberance of the story. --Publishers Weekly With its energetic and authentic story and artwork, this is a fresh, fun book about school, sports, and friendship. --Children's Book Council

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