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Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
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Dec 10, 2008

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bookshelves: young-adult, verse-novel
Read in October, 2008

I thought that Koertge’s book, though written with the MG audience in mind, was written as an exercise in craft. I just felt the narrative arc was not as solid and the poetry was not a sophisticated as that of others in the genre. This may be due to the intended age of the reading audience but I just felt that it was pretty simplistic in comparison.

I think that many writers “write down” to the MG audience, and I felt that this book could have been more complex. It is very short in comparision to many verse novels as well, which was a contributing factor.

One important thing I learned from Koertge's book is that there is a moment for teens where they realize that "Parents are People." Parents have their own drama, love, loss, lust, the same way that teens do. Koertge makes the reader experience this along with his character Kevin Boland.

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