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Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Wry, warm sports story will hook both boys and girls.

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Funny poems will engage readers even while they are effortlessly learning the difference between writing a pantoum and a sestina. The humor also breaks the tension as Kevin learns his dad is ready to start dating again, and he meets one of his father's prospects. This book stands alone, but readers who missed the first one -- Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (2003) -- may want to read it, too.

It's a great time in history when a 14-year-old boy can play in left field and take part in a poetry slam the same day. Koertge's character, Kevin, displays the strengths and vulnerabilities of a typical teen, but his writing allows him to reveal his deeper feelings both to himself and to the reader. Each entry reads as a brief episode, some as emails, which keeps the story fast paced. An all-star cast includes two romantic interests who are both strong girl characters.

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