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Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Ron Koertge
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Jun 04, 10

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Read in May, 2010

In this sequel (which stands alone just fine) to Shakespeare Bats Cleanup Kevin is still dating Mira and playing baseball and more importantly he continues to write different styles of poems all the while educating the reader about the various styles and how they work. Dealing with the death of his mom, his dad beginning to date and waning feelings for Mira he has plenty to write in his new journal about. Enter Amy who Kevin meets at a poetry reading and who shares his passion. They become "poetry buddies" (or is it more?)and challenge each other to create monster poems in forms such as sestinas, pantoums, haiku and etc. A great, quick read filled with enough real life middle school drama and humor to attract a wide audience. The poems are clever and highly entertaining.
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