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Phil Bildner

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Phil Bildner

Phil Bildner

Books by Phil Bildner

Written by Phil Bildner with illustrations by Brett Helquist - Biography, Children's 7-10, Children's Nonfiction, Friendship, Women's History

Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert come from completely different places and play tennis in completely different ways. Chrissie is the all-American girl: practiced, poised, with perfect technique. Martina hails from Czechoslovakia, a Communist country, and her game is ruled by emotion. Everything about them is different, except one thing: they both want to be the best. But as their intense rivalry grows, something else begins to swing into place, and a friendship forms that will outlast all their tennis victories. 

Written by Phil Bildner and Illustrated by Tim Probert - Fiction, Sports
It’s fifth-grade graduation time for Rip and Red, and this year’s festivities are going to be extra special. Hoops Machine, the exhibition basketball team, is paying a visit, and Rip may be playing a surprise role. But he and his friends need to finish their schoolwork first, which includes taking a newly required standardized test. However, when the students of Room 208 begin to question the need to take the test, a mini opt-out movement gains momentum. But luckily for Rip, Red, their classmates and their teacher, when you stand up for what you believe in, the people you’ve touched along the way rally to your corner.
Written by Phil Bildner with illustrations by Tim Probert. - Fiction, Friendship, Sports

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. 

by Phil Bildner - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Sports

Just when they think they've got the hang of things, Rip and Red find that fifth grade continues to challenge them in head-spinning ways. Tiki, a new girl whose Egyptian dad is an animal-rights activist, has just joined their class. She's charismatic, funny --- and she's got game! Rip has his world turned upside down as Tiki proves to be tough competition on the Clifton United basketball team and leads a rebellion against the lousy new food service in the school cafeteria.

written by Phil Bildner with illustrations by Tim Probert - Children's, Sports

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 and who likes off-the-wall projects, the more "off" the better. 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 has autism and 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.

written by Phil Bildner, illustrator by John Parra - Children's, History

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. 

by Phil Bildner - Children's, Fiction, Historical Fiction

As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. And when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once impossible could now come true.

written by Phil Bildner, illustrated by C. F. Payne