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Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
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Shakespeare Bats Cleanup is a novel in poems told from the point of view of Kevin, a fourteen-year-old boy, who is confined to his bed because he is sick with mono. Kevin is a baseball player, but he can't play because he is so ill, which makes the confinement even more difficult. In his boredom, he begins writing poetry that explores how he feels about many different aspects of his life including his mother's death. He attempts to write in a variety of poetic formats, and though some of the poems are pretty rough, we see improvement throughout, which makes the book realistic.

I really like baseball and poetry so this was the perfect book for me. It was very engaging and easy to read. Kevin was a very likable character, and I really ached for his pain at losing his mother. I think many teens would relate to him, and even reluctant readers would find this book accessible.
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