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Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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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!
a sestina, I'm gonna love her madly.
Admire her, I mean. I'll admire her
madly." - Kevin Boland
Since his bout with mono, Kevin Boland's life has been more or less back to normal. Now Kevin's dad has given him a new journal, so Kevin's decided to mess around with poetry again. He's not sick anymore, he has plenty of other things to do, but writing poetry fills a need for Kevin - it gives him an outlet for whatever is percolating inside his mind. For the most part, what's percolating seems pretty good. Kevin's girlfriend, Mira, is still a part of his life and his baseball team has made the playoffs. It's a shame that those two things have to be separated, but Mira doesn't really know anything about baseball - or poetry.
It turns out there are a few darker things under Kevin's skin as well. His dad is ready to take the first few tentative steps away from grieving for Kevin's mother and Kevin isn't really sure he's okay with that. Then there's Mira. Yes, she's still really cute, but she's not always all that fun to be with. And would it be so hard for her to learn about either baseball or poetry? They are the two most important things in Kevin's life right now. It's while Kevin is musing on these thoughts that he meets Amy at an open mic poetry night. Amy, who is everything that Mira isn't. Kevin has a girlfriend. Amy has a boyfriend and she only wants to be poetry buddies anyway. So why can't Kevin get Amy off his mind?
This follow up to Shakespeare Bats Cleanup has all of the wonderful qualities that made that novel about Kevin's first forays into poetry such an interesting read.Read more ›
from baseball practice, and Dad catches me
guzzling OJ right out of the carton.
"Want a journal?" he asks. "You're a writer.
All writers need journals."
I put the orange juice away and hold out my mitt,
the one Mom bought me. "I'm a first baseman."
"Who used to write poetry. Your teammates
called you Shakespeare." He hands me a notebook.
"And it doesn't have to be poetry. It doesn't
even have to be a journal. It could be a diary."
He lays it on the table, opens the first page, and writes with his favorite gel pen: Shakespeare's
Maybe I should start again. I play ball a lot, because if I don't, I get rusty.
All I need now are some secrets.
Kevin, a.k.a. Shakespeare, doesn't seem to have a lot of secrets, at least none that he feels like sharing. The people in his life, however, bombard him left and right with secrets that take him by surprise, and not necessarily in a good way. For instance, Kevin's dad has lately taken to throwing away all of his deceased wife's belongings --- much to Kevin's dislike --- and wants Kevin to meet a new woman, Anna. Kevin isn't sure what to think about his father dating, so firing off a poem or two is his best way of coping.
Kevin seems to be doing a lot of coping lately, especially concerning his girlfriend Mira. Sure she's cute, popular and funny, but she doesn't appear interested in anything that Kevin enjoys. This includes skipping all of his beloved baseball games, wrinkling up her nose at his poetry, and focusing on more important things, like the environment. Kevin likes Mira, but perhaps it's time to find someone he's more compatible with. Someone like Amy.Read more ›
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I'm preparing to use this in a middle school classroom. Lots of white space on the page. Great use of figurative language and poetry examples. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amy Jenkins
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. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I loved the first book and this one didn't disappoint at all. I love the banter between Amy and Kevin throughout this book. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by Kristen M. Harvey