MSBA Book Buzz

A place for you to buzz about the books you are reading!

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Ron Koertge September 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — msbabookbuzz @ 6:20 pm

https://i1.wp.com/contentcafe2.btol.com/ContentCafe/jacket.aspx

This written in verse sequel to Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (2003) reintroduces readers to Kevin, a 14-year-old baseball player and poet. He’s coming to terms with his mom’s death and trying to sort out how he feels about his dad’s new forays into dating as well as his own feelings about his girlfriend, Mira. When he meets Amy, a fellow poet, at an open-mic, things begin to get even more confusing.

This slice of life novel is the perfect subject matter for its format — it is told as journal entries from Kevin’s point of view and his irreverent and funny voice is filled with honesty. I’m not normally a fan of novels written in verse, but Koertge has a knack for it — a light, clever-with-words touch that is never bogged down with unnecessary drama. I also must admit that I’ve never read Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (shameful, I know!), and this sequel stands very well on its own.

A unique, quick read that will likely appeal to many a middle school reader.

-Brooke, McArthur Teen Librarian

Advertisements
 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s