Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

"This funny and poignant novel celebrates the power of writing to help young people make sense of their lives and unlock and confront their problems." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review) When MVP Kevin Boland gets the news that he has mono and won't be seeing a baseball field for a while, he suddenly finds himself scrawling a poem down the middle of a page in his jour "This funny and poignant novel celebrates the power of writing to help young people make sense of their lives and unl...

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Title:Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
Author:Ron Koertge
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:128 pages pages

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup Reviews

  • Alison
    Mar 05, 2008
    When fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland gets sidelined from the baseball team because of mono, his writer-Dad hands him a notebook: ?Maybe you?ll feel like writing something down.? Before he knows it, Kevin is feverishly writing pantoums in memory of his mom, haikus about his ex?th...
  • Becca
    Nov 18, 2008
    I like it as it is from the perspective of a teenage boy. Creative. Unusual ...
  • Jessicat
    Oct 17, 2008
    What a fun read on poetry. I like the message that a tough ball player can like poetry too. ...
  • Brooke Lee
    Apr 25, 2018
    A quick read...written in free verse and various other forms of poetry. The story was so sweet. Perfect for junior high students or even freshman. But also, just a sweet story to read while soaking in the tub for 30 minutes. I?m super partial because Shakespeare and baseball are two ...
  • Terry
    Oct 19, 2017
    Baseball and poetry, poetry and baseball. In whatever batting order, they just go together. There?s no Casey here, and the mighty Kevin, by his own account at least, won?t strike out unless he?s revising. ...
  • Estephanie
    Nov 19, 2008
    this book was funny and weird. i never knew that you can write a novel including poetry in it. it seems so hard. along the way i enjoyed reading it because it was cool how he was talking about his ex girlfriends and what he did with them. ...
  • Jodi
    Feb 21, 2017
    This was a very sweet book, and I did enjoy the poetry format. However, I felt like there weren't many opportunities for middle school students to connect with the main character. There was a heavier emphasis on poetry and poems and less of an emphasis on the main character and what he...
  • Jessicca
    Aug 17, 2009
    Kevin Boland, a 14 year old first baseman, is stricken with mononucleosis and is unable to go to school or play his beloved baseball. His father gives him a notebook in case he feels the urge to write and shortly thereafter, Kevin finds a book about poetry and uses it to secretly write...
  • Lauren Daily
    Feb 18, 2014
    Used this as a read aloud two years ago and my students loved it! I think it made them appreciate poetry more, and I also used it to reinforce figurative language. Gonna try it again with this year'a group! ...
  • Kathleen Dupré
    Apr 29, 2011
    I was not necessarily looking forward to reading this book--not dreading it, but not super excited either. But I was very pleasantly surprised. The book does a great job on all fronts: it displays multiple forms of poetry, showing that poetry, a dying art, is neither boring nor dauntin...
  • Kim
    Nov 12, 2018
    Eighth grade boys will like the baseball and dating references. English teachers will like that he writes poetry for help figure out his feelings. ...
  • Leslie
    Sep 07, 2018
    Wow! Really good! ...
  • Mar
    Jul 13, 2019
    Fun book in which a young baseball player recovering from mono learns about various poetic forms through imitation. He uses details of his daily home and school life to practice. Good way to introduce kids to poetry. ...
  • Gina
    Sep 16, 2012
    This is a fantastic YA book (listed as 12 and up). I literally read it within an hour or two, so it's also great for the reluctant reader. Told in the form of one or two pages poems is the story of a baseball playing boy who has mono. I love the story and can't wait to bring it to my 8...
  • Courtnie
    Apr 08, 2015
    I went to vote last night, and my polling place just happens to be at my library. I've been thinking about finding a baseball themed book since the fever has taken me yet again (Go Royals!), and so when I spied this on a display table, I grabbed for it like there was a run on the libra...
  • SaraKat
    May 08, 2017
    A verse novel about an 8th grader with mono who has to take a break from sports and begins to get interested in poetry. He writes cute poems about his game and the romances in his life. It is interesting to see him trying the different forms of poetry. ...
  • Diane
    May 05, 2017
    When I was a YA librarian I always liked Ron Koertge's YA novels, but hadn't read this one. So I picked it up after finishing a more demanding book and it made for a couple of hours of pleasant reading. This novel in verse explores not only a 14-year old's concerns with sports, girls, ...
  • Kathy Mathey
    Nov 24, 2017
    Some mature content; well-written and clever ...
  • Leslie Fitzpatrick
    Nov 20, 2017
    I'm not a huge fan of baseball or poetry, but I like each enough to appreciate this book. I'm sure there's some cool stuff I'm missing though because I don't totally get all of the references. I loved how it's a novel in verse, and I really like reading about Kevin's relationship with ...
  • Jessica
    Dec 04, 2018
    This was a cute story, but I really enjoyed how the main character explained different types of writing. I could see myself using pieces of this book to explain sonnets, or blank verse, even with high school students. ...
  • Gabe
    Jan 10, 2017
    This is a great Narrative inverse about base ball. It was also my first one. My favorite poem was the last one. ...
  • Nicholas Torrez
    Feb 25, 2017
    This book is about a mvp baseball player named Kevin who has mono. He has to stay home since he has mono and starts to write. His dad is a famous writer and he starts to write but shows little interest. The more he writes the more starts to like it. He tells His life in his poem writin...
  • Ali May
    Jul 05, 2017
    At first I was unsure I knew what the big picture of this verse novel was but reading the whole book made everything clear. This is mainly about a boy who plays baseball but gets sick and cannot play for awhile, so he begins to write poetry. Throughout the work, he ironically says he d...
  • Keanw
    Oct 05, 2018
    Kean,Webb LA P3 Mrs.Nance 10-5-18 The book I read was called Shakespear Bats Cleanup.The book is about a boy that starts baseball at a young age.When we starts he?s a really good hitter but he has some struggles.He has trouble hitting the curveball and has a bad time normaly...
  • Ramel
    Dec 06, 2017
    it was a good book and he got to play the last game ...
  • Brianna Rice
    Dec 06, 2017
    This was a really good book it shows you that you should always keep your dreams. ...
  • Alex
    May 03, 2018
    Kevin Boland a fourteen year older becomes MVP and will have to say goodbye to the sport he enjoyed playing the most, baseball. Due to mono Kevin is out for several of days, but still doesn?t stop the MVP star to not do anything. Kevin loves poetry and it is usually hard for him to ...
  • Savannah Smith
    Feb 15, 2018
    Teacher: Shakespeare Bats Cleanup is a great book for children to read who are on the fence about reading poetry. This books also teaches students the differences in different types of poetry and how to write each. I would love to have this book in my classroom library as a book for ...
  • Amy
    Jul 09, 2018
    This book is a cute story told, in the form of poetry, by a fourteen year old boy named Kevin. He is sick with mono, so he can't play baseball for a while and is confined to his bed. He decides to learn abd write about poetry and finds that he loves it! I liked this book a lot and f...
  • Adrian182
    Apr 26, 2018
    Shakespeare Bats CleanUp Koertge, Ron. Shakespeare Bats CleanUp (2003). High School Verse. This novel written in verse by Ron Koertge is incredibly inspiring, and is begging to be read by any young person who loves baseball, poetry, or life! The novel stars high school freshman Kevin ...