Saturday, October 9, 2010

Readathon October 2010 - Update 3 - Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Koertge

Kevin Boland likes to play baseball and to write poetry. His dad is also a writer. His dad buys him a spiral notebook and he uses that as his secret diary. Kevin is fourteen and dating Mira (pronounced Mee-ra) who's into saving the planet. She doesn't get him. Then he meets a girl who does. They become poetry buddies but Kevin wants more. He's not sure what to do about Mira, though, because he likes her too.

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs is written in free verse but every so often Koertge throws in some poetry forms. This book had a great story and great poems. Koertge threw in a villanelle, a pantoum, a sestina, and a ghazal. You don't know what they are? Don't worry, Koertge weaves in the poetry lessons effortlessly. I would love to see this being used in a classroom! I must go back and read Shakespeare Bats Cleanup now, though you don't need it to understand this one.

I give this 4 copies. I will copy a few of the poems and put them in teacher's boxes and see if I can't get them to want the book! Pair this with What My Mother Doesn't Know, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup and Pieces of Georgia.

ReadAthon Update

Number of books read since you started:
The Familiars by Epstein and Jacobson
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Ron Koertge

Pages read since last update:
Running total of pages read since you started:
Amount of time spent reading since last update:
1 hr 20 min
Running total of time spent reading since you started:
4 hrs 35 min

I'm off to to do a little cheering and get some dinner.


  1. 1, 2, 3, 4
    Hope your book isn’t a bore
    5, 6, 7, 8
    And your readathon is going great!

  2. This looks like something my 15 year old cousin might like. Is he the right age for it? I also really like your blog's name. Good luck on the readathon.


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