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Tournament of Champions

(2017)
(The third book in the Rip and Red series)
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The third book in a fun, illustrated middle-grade series about friendship, school, and basketball.

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 traveled 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.

Tournament of Champions by Phil Bildner, with illustrations by Tim Probert, is a fun, fast-paced, and diverse middle grade novel perfect for reluctant readers and sports fans.

Read all of the Rip and Red series:
A Whole New Ballgame
Rookie of the Year
Tournament of Champions
Most Valuable Players

Praise for 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

Praise for 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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Used availability for Phil Bildner's Tournament of Champions

Hardback Editions

June 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Tournament of Champions (Rip and Red)
Author(s): Phil Bildner
ISBN: 0-606-41099-6 / 978-0-606-41099-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tournament of Champions (Rip and Red)
Author(s): Phil Bildner
ISBN: 0-374-30507-2 / 978-0-374-30507-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tournament of Champions (Rip and Red)
Author(s): Phil Bildner
ISBN: 1-250-15843-5 / 978-1-250-15843-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Square Fish
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Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tournament of Champions (Rip and Red)
Author(s): Phil Bildner
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA