Most Valuable Players (Rip and Red) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-01 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" The fourth book in the Rip and Red series, Most Valuable Players is my favorite in the series so far. Phil Bildner once again highlights the power of our young men and women to make a difference through kindness and working together. My students are going to be so excited! " said.

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Rip and Red are sad that 5th grade is ending, and more than a little apprehensive about what middle school will bring, but looking forward to the big celebration that will take place. Not only is there a graduation, but there is a school fund raiser that will include the Hoops Machine, an humorous exhibition team. Rip has been selected to go on the court with him and is very excited. However, when required tests are scheduled to be administered during the last week of school, the students start to rebel. They have enjoyed their quirky teacher, Mr. Acevedo, and feel that the tests are not a true test of what they have learned in fifth grade. Unfortunately, the school board decides that the entire fifth grade will be kept from participating in the fundraiser (and the Hoops Machine game) since they refused to take the test. Can the parents prevail one final time at the boys' school?

Strengths: Anything involving basketball is great, and the ensemble cast is full of appealing characters. Mr. Bildner works in a lot of fun activities and school events for the characters, and they all seem to have supportive (and diverse) family structures. Circumstances are portrayed realistically, and there are consequences for actions.

Weaknesses: Testing is here to stay. It always has been around, and polemics against it help no one. This was the one part of the book that struck me as unrealistic-- we have had any number of students opt out of testing, and there are never any negative consequences for the students. I don't think we area allowed by law to assign any. There are, of course, negative consequences for teachers and the school when students who are doing well in school don't take the state tests, but it doesn't really help students to belabor that point.
What I really think: I was hoping this series would circulate more, but it hasn't. Perhaps the cover illustrations are more appealing to elementary school students? I think I will pass on purchase.
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"“Experiences like this change the trajectory of your basketball life... they do, they do. And they can also change the trajectory of your entire life, if you allow it.”

This story, the final in the series, is a wonderful culminating end to an amazing journey. This series has the power to do just that...change the trajectory of someone’s life for the better. Phil just has such a way to bring characters to life and have them be catalysts for change, growth, and the goodness we know can and is possible in our world.

Really going to miss this series!
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