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Rookie of the Year (Rip and Red) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-12 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:1250115183
LANGUAGE:English

" Love this series. Phil Bildner has crafted a series that has characters that readers can relate to and a classroom we all want to be part of. " said.

" i mostly gotten my daughter this book cause i got tired of her reading spongebob joke books and she love's it " said.

" Loved this book! A great book for elementary age kids! This is going to be a great series of books! A terrific sequel to the first book! Really touches on autism in a way kids will understand! Terrific author! Loved the sports theme ! Highly recommended! " said.

" *I received an eARC of this book from Net Galley*I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first. A Whole New Ballgame has circulated fairly well, and I think this will go over even better with students. There is a lot of basketball in this book, interesting character development, and a compelling plot. " said.

" This is another great story about Rip & Red. There are several awesome characters in this story, including their teacher, Mr, Acevedo, who runs a pretty cool classroom. (I think he has read The Book Whisperer!). If you enjoyed A Whole New Ballgame, this one will not disappoint!I received an advanced copy on Netgalley. " said.

" Another great story from Phil Bildner about two boys, Rip and Red, who love to play basketball and have each other's backs. This one has big themes of friendship, dealing with the new kid (who is somewhat annoying and a really good basketball player), fighting for what's right, and the family that is a school. There are also some hints about prejudice that might make for an interesting conversation. I liked this one a lot. " said.

""In a matter of hours, Tiki had taken over my table in class, taken over my booth in the cafeteria, and taken over basketball."

Rip (Mason Irving) and Red (Blake Daniels) are back in a second book in the series. Due to budget cuts, things are a little unsettled. For example, the beloved Lunch Bunch have been replaced. The cafeteria just isn't the same. Added to the mix this time is Tiki (Takana Eid), a new student who immediately seems to get under Rip's skin. She never stops talking and she makes up her own words as she goes along ... "Gollygadzookers", "freakaliciously", "Hunchabalooga" and "zwibble". Who makes up their own words?

But when basketball season starts again and Tiki takes over Rip's starting position, things get even more complicated.

A quick-read sports novel with plenty else going on. I like all the references to other books that students might want to read, as well.
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"ROOKIE OF THE YEAR by Phil Bildner is Book #2 in the Rip & Red series. Mr. Acevedo's students are at it again.

Rip and Red welcome a new classmate, Tiki. Red is impressed, but Rip wants to reserve judgement, especially when Tiki threatens to take his position on the Clifton United basketball team.

Mr. Acevedo is still popular as a teacher. His daily Community Circle and anti-worksheet approach may seem unproductive to other staff members, but his students continue to thrive and become independent thinkers.

Financial problems continue to plague the school. An area of great concern to the students is the dismissal of the Lunch Bunch cafeteria ladies since the school has switched to a new food service complete with lunches that most kids don't think includes actual food. Rip and Red and friends come up with a plan to expose the awful food and the unfriendly new lunch workers. Tiki suggests the plan's name should be Operation Food Fight. It's risky, but the end result should be worth it.

Basketball also plays an important role in ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. Clifton United is determined to win all their games this year, and Mr. Acevedo has a new game plan to help make that happen.

Author Phil Bildner has another hit on his hands. Combining fast-paced action for young readers and school problems teachers can relate to, make ROOKIE OF THE YEAR a sure winner for students and classroom libraries. Be sure to check it out along with Book #1, A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME.
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