Shakespeare makes the playoffs / Ron Koertge.

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland, poet and first baseman, is torn between his cute girlfriend Mira and Amy, who is funny, plays Chopin on the piano, and is also a poet.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Koertge, Ronald.
Format: Book
Published: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2010.
Edition:1st ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Dedicated to "the readers of Shakespeare Bats Cleanup who wanted to know what happened next," this follow-up finds Kevin Boland recovered from the mono that sidelined him in the previous book, ready to resume play at first base and continue his relationship with pretty, earnest Mira, now his girlfriend. Complications ensue when Mira fails to show an interest in baseball or poetry and, at an open mike night, Kevin meets Amy, a bookstore owner's daughter who needs help with her haiku. The strength of both books is the seamless way Koertge shows how Kevin processes guilt, excitement, and uncertainty: with his pen. For Kevin, whose mother has died recently, writing is thinking. "Sadness is a big dark bus/ with a schedule of its own," he writes in a poignant poem about the grief he shares with his father, a well-drawn, easy-to-like character. Kevin's ready acknowledgment of his feelings and facility with words are what make him appealing to Amy-and to readers. Their poetic pas de deux, a budding romance built by swapping villanelles, pantoums, and sestinas, is both funny and charming. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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