Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs

By Koertge, Ron

Publishers Summary:
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, aknack 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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ISBN
978-0-76364-435-2
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2010

Gr 7-9 Kevin's major interests are baseball and his girlfriend, Mira, in that order. In this warm and funny sequel to "Shakespeare Bats Cleanup" (Candlewick, 2003), the 14-year-old journals in various poetic forms under the supportive tutelage of his widowed father, who is also a poet. Conflicts include Kevin's increasi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2010

In the sequel to Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (rev. 7/03), writer/first baseman/eighth grader Kevin takes on more challenging poetic forms as well as romantic complications. Baseball, of course, remains a comforting fixed point, as his team heads to the playoffs. Through both formal and free verse, Kevin expresses resentment over his dad's dating following his mother's death while also working through his own relationship issues. Tho...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Starred Review on October 1, 2010

Writer/first baseman/eighth grader Kevin () takes on more challenging poetic forms as well as romantic complications. Baseball, ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on March 1, 2010

- 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 believabl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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