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Bildner, Phil.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux 2015
IL 3-6 RL 3.7

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

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. They also find themselves with a new basketball coach: Mr. Acevedo! Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. And for Red, who 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.
(Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2017-2018)

Booktalk #2

5th grade is exciting and unpredictable for best friends Rip and Red. Their new teacher, Mr. Acevedo prefers eccentric out-of-the-box assignments that prove to be the opposite of boring test prep. When Mr. Acevedo turns out to be their new basketball coach, too, the boys realize they’re along for a wild ride. (Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award nominee, 2018)

SUBJECTS:    Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Teachers -- Fiction.

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