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Shakespeare Bats Cleanup Paperback – February 14, 2006
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When Kevin is forced to stay in bed for a month with mono, the prospect of missing out on baseballs games and hanging out with his friends does not excite him. But when he casually starts writing some words down on a page, and secretly borrows one of his writer father's poetry guides the exile starts to become more bearable. He slowly recovers, all the time writing about the death of his mother, past and present loves and his discovery of a whole new way of expressing himself.
If I had to describe this book in three words it would be 'short and sweet'. It's fun and cheerful (although I have to admit I didn't "get" the title until I was finished reading it).
Nevertheless, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup will cast a sort of spell over you. Well worth a read.
Definitely a book that boys and girls will both understand and enjoy.
So, you have baseball, poetry, interest in girls and a narrator with some honest appeal. It's sort of like Peck or Paulson, mellow with a little shaggy dog appeal. The kind of book a kid could enjoy discovering on a shelf.
Up until now, Kevin Boland's life has been pretty simple, fairly straight-forward. He goes to school, plays baseball. He's even kissed a couple of girls. Except now, he can't. He can't do any of those things - no school, no baseball, no kissing girls. Fourteen, and stuck in bed with mono. It's the baseball he misses the most, but there are other things, too. When his Dad, who is a writer, gives Kevin a blank journal, it's just so he can write a few things down if he gets bored. You know, something to take his mind off the fact that he's stuck in bed. And at first it seems kind of crazy, but Kevin decides he wants to experiment a little bit with poetry. After all, it's just in the journal - it's not like anyone will ever know.
Through couplets and free-verse, sestinas and a pantoum, Kevin uses poetry to reflect on his friendships, his love of baseball, his relationships with girls, and the still sharp grief he feels after the death of his mother. At first, he's most concerned with how rotten it is to have mono and how much he misses baseball but, as the days pass, Kevin finds that poetry allows him to think and feel in a way that nothing else can.
I love novels in verse - the way they use words economically, the way a poem can sometimes say so much more about a person or a situation than prose can. I especially love novels in verse when they are as thoughtfully written as this one by Ron Koertge.Read more ›
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The cover of the book was dirty. There was a dried brown substance on it. ?????? Came off with a clorox wipe but gross!Published 6 months ago by Robin Bielich
This is my first review of any book on any site and am doing so as I believe this book not only to be terrible, but harmful to young kids. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mike M.
I teach a verse-novel unit in my eighth-grade class, and I'm always looking out for those which appeal especially to my young men, since not all of them are ready for Beowulf. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Flight of Stars
How about -5 review!!
Totally inappropriate for middle schoolers. Topics are not suitable for pre-teen maturing kids. Inappropriate topics are glorified.
My son read this book to fulfill the reading requirements for school (one poetry book per quater). He was not thrilled that he had to read a poetry book but ended up liking this... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Came quickly for my 7th grader but didn't like the book at all. He needed it for school. It was mostly poetry.Published on August 26, 2013 by Fav