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Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs [Paperback]

Ron Koertge

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March 13 2012
Fielding his social life is a bigger challenge for Kevin than hitting a fastball in Ron Koertge’s funny, insightful sequel to SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP.

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland has a passion for playing baseball, a
knack for writing poetry — and a cute girlfriend named Mira who’s not much interested in either. But then, Kevin doesn’t exactly share Mira’s newfound fervor for all things green. So when Kevin signs up for open mike night at Bungalow Books and meets Amy, a girl who knows a sonnet from a sestina and can match his emails verse for verse, things start to get sticky. Should he stay with Mira? Or risk spoiling his friendship with Amy by asking her out? Ron Koertge, master of snappy dialogue and a deft poet, offers a fast-paced, sympathetic story that interweaves two narrative voices with humor and warmth.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763658529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763658526
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Koertge is the author of many acclaimed novels, including DEADVILLE, STONER AND SPAZ, THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS, and his first novel-in-verse about Kevin Boland, SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP. A two-time winner of the PEN Award, Ron Koertge lives in South Pasadena, California.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare tries a little too hard Sept. 10 2010
By Maggie Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an interesting mix of plot and delivery. Koertge combines YA story lines (Kevin is wavering between two girls he likes; dealing with his dad's foray into dating after the death of his mom, baseball) with a format that (sadly) will not grab most young recreational readers. I loved Koertge's demonstrations and explanations of various types of poetry. I hope anyone who teaches poetry or is encouraging young people to explore poetry will consider using this book or giving it as a gift, for that is its real strength.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Examples June 15 2011
By Ohioan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What's wonderful about this book, the sequel to Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, is the types of poems the hero writes: they are outstanding examples of what a high school poet can write. I can see that teachers would want to use this book in class. What's weak about the book is the plot: it's not that interesting. The hero seems oblivious, for a poet. Of course, he is a teen, so he does have a lot of learning ahead of him, but, ironically, the first book, in which the hero was bedridden and weak, had a more compelling plot. But if you're considering buying one of the many YA books written in free verse or, in this case, some traditional poetic forms, Koertge's are still at the top of the list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: LibraryLoungeLizard.com March 12 2010
By Darcy Wishard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a teacher and librarian it is always awesome when authors write books that can be used in the classroom. There are great examples of all different types of poetry here:

* Pantoum
* Blank Verse
* Haiku
* Couplets
* Sestina
* Elegy

and much more! Both of the authors books, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup and Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs, have wonderful, fluid story lines and it is awesome to watch Kevin (who strictly identified himself as an athlete) discover the magic of poetry.

I recommend this book for any parent, teacher or librarian who wants to have books about poetry that are great for reluctant readers because lets face it, telling a kid that you have a great book about poetry for them will probably result in a look of slight terror.

At a non-imposing 170 pages, Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs is an easy sell because it has sports for the guys and a little romance for the girls. For those kids who enjoy a tear-jerker there is also plenty of poetry/story line about Kevin's mom who has passed away and how he and his father are dealing with it.

I've recently dedicated a whole section in my library to books written in prose. You would be surprised how many there are out there and these two books will be part of the star attraction. Get these books now, seriously....with video games, TV, iPhones and everything else, kids are being exposed to things like poetry less and less. Who knows, maybe the kid you give these books to will be our next great poet!
5.0 out of 5 stars great (free verse) poetry book Nov. 19 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of the few poetry books written for boys in Middle School. While there are many poetry books for girls, this one is finally for a boy. My son needed a poetry book for school and loved this one. It's written in free verse and reads like a story rather than a poem. My son used this book to write his Forensic Speech piece (topic: poetry interpretatioin). The boy in the book talks about the loss of his mom, how he gets along with dad, his friends, his girl friend and baseball. I would recommend it to any Middle School student.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read Aug. 8 2011
By Kristen M. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I loved the first book and this one didn't disappoint at all. I love the banter between Amy and Kevin throughout this book. It's interesting to see him realize that dating girls isn't all about good looks, but who you generally get along with and share interests with. Kevin finds himself through poetry and poetry leads him to Amy - a girl who understands and appreciates his poems.

I love the different types of poems in this book - reminding me of poetry lessons of my past and really how fantastic Ron is at writing poems to make them part of a story. Novels in verse are becoming a huge movement in children's literature and I haven't found a bad one yet. Definitely a book both boys and girls can relate to.

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