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Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs

By: Ron Koertge

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland, a.k.a. Shakespeare, is a budding poet. He's angry to learn that his father is ready to date so soon after Kevin's mother's death but is even more bothered by the confusion in his own love life. His girlfriend, Mira, is beautiful and nice, but she just doesn't seem to understand him, or his poetry, as well as Amy, a cute fellow poet, does.

ISBN: 9780763644352

JLG Release: May 2010


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: Poetry , Parents , Dating , Baseball

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Awards & Honors

2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Coming of Age, ages 12-14

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

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Writer/first baseman/eighth grader Kevin (Shakespeare Bats Cleanup) takes on more challenging poetic forms as well as romantic complications. Baseball, of course, remains a fixed point, as his team heads to the playoffs. Koertge's pleasing variety of verse is a seamless fit for his story and characters. Kevin's ponderings of form and style u Writer/first baseman/eighth grader Kevin (Shakespeare Bats Cleanup) takes on more challenging poetic forms as well as romantic complications. Baseball, of course, remains a fixed point, as his team heads to the playoffs. Koertge's pleasing variety of verse is a seamless fit for his story and characters. Kevin's ponderings of form and style unobtrusively help inform readers less familiar with poetic technique.

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• The poems that make up the story are fun to read. They are also often clever and thematically wide-ranging in a way that seems true to life for a budding young poet.
• A realistic look at young teen relationships.
• Kevin’s dilemma is believable. His feelings toward Mira or Amy can change with just the slightest push from o

• The poems that make up the story are fun to read. They are also often clever and thematically wide-ranging in a way that seems true to life for a budding young poet.
• A realistic look at young teen relationships.
• Kevin’s dilemma is believable. His feelings toward Mira or Amy can change with just the slightest push from one or the other, and Kevin’s honesty about his feelings is endearing.
• Kevin and Amy criticize each other’s poems and their own poems, adding another element of realism and showing readers that good writing involves revision and openness to outside ideas.
• The storyline about Kevin’s dad starting to date again helps ground Kevin’s story in something outside his own experience, making the story less solipsistic.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763644352

First Release

May 2010

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

176

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.5; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.6; Points: 6;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

Poetry, Parents, Dating, Baseball,

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