“An essential book for all readers, not just baseball fans, about friendship, acceptance, and self-confidence.”

★ Starred Review, Booklist

What’s Good?

All four books in the Rip and Red middle grade series — A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, and MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS — are now available. You can get them in both hardcover and softcover.

Rip and Red Series

A Whole New BallgameRookie of the YearTournament of Champions

Marvelous Cornelius


Junior Library Guild
MWB Medal

Martina & Chrissie

Junior Library Guild


Welcome to my website!

A couple years back, I overhauled and redesigned my site. Well, not me, but the good people at Skytemple gave my site a tight, fresh look. I hope you’ll dip inside and check it out.

Why the changes? Well, a few reasons. First, it had been awhile since I last shook things up, and with a whole bunch of new books, I felt a new look was in order. Second, I wanted the site to be easier to navigate. You’ll find it’s now much simpler to find out information about all my books, book trailers, school visits, and both of my old YouTube series, “Out of My Mind” and “Phil’s Fast Five.”

Out Of My Mind

Check out some of the vids from my old YouTube series.  They’re pretty cool.

Phil's Fast Five

For awhile there, I had my own show on the web channel KidLit TV. The show was called PHIL’S FAST FIVE. I interviewed lots of other authors and illustrators.

Check out all the old episodes.

School Visits

Interested in having Phil visit your school or event?
Click below and learn more!

Speaking of “Out of My Mind”…

Here’s an episode called, “Book Talking A Whole New Ballgame.” It’s where I talk about the first book in my Rip and Red middle grade series.


Finally, I have a Blog page. It’s called, appropriately enough, “Out of Phil’s Mind.” Unfortunately, I don’t blog nearly as often as I’d like, but when I do blog, I usually post about my books, school visits, books I’ve read, education issues, and you guessed it, whatever else is on my mind.

Come on in, take a look around, and welcome to my world.


Oh, And Just For Fun…