Ron Koertge is the author of many acclaimed novels, including Deadville, Strays, Margaux with an X, Stoner and Spaz, The Arizona Kid, Where the Kissing Never Stops, The Brimstone Journals, and his first novel-in-verse about Kevin Boland, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup. A two-time winner of the PEN Award, Ron Koertge lives in South Pasadena, California.
Koertge's pleasing variety of verse - a villanelle here, a sestina
there - is a seamless fit for his story and characters.
--The Horn Book (starred review)
The well-crafted poetry is firmly rooted in the experiences of
regular teens and addresses subjects that range from breakups to
baseball. Koertge works in some unobtrusive poetry instruction, and
poems like Amy's funny Transylvanian limericks and Kevin's poignant
reflections on "moving on" will inspire teens to try writing their
own. Appealing and accessible.
--Booklist Whether readers are meeting Kevin for the first time or have already read the first book, they are likely to enjoy both the accessible story and Kevin's struggles with some demanding poetic structures.
--School Library Journal Koertge masterfully leads readers to accept that people--yes, even teenagers--can be individuals, and that baseball and poetry are not necessarily at opposite ends of the spectrum. Well done.
--Kirkus Reviews The strength of both books is the seamless way Koertge shows how Kevin processes guilt, excitement, and uncertainty: with his pen.
--Publishers Weekly Definitely a book to read, at least once, if not more.
--YA Books Central blog Cuts against the stereotypes of dumb jocks and Goth poets to create a smart, every-guy protagonist whose down-to-earth voice and contemporary concerns refresh centuries-old poetic. . . . With this book, Koertge steps up to the plate -- two outs, bases loaded -- and stylistically knocks it out of the park.
--The Washington post Heartfelt, funny, and brilliant in every way. . . a must-read.
--Kendal Rautzan's Books to Borrow, Books to Buy (syndicated column) Wow -- if you are celebrating April as poetry month, you need this book. If you are teaching middle-schoolers about poetry, you need this book. If you like a clever read about a boy who needs to break up with a girl who isn't right for him, then you will love this book.
--Winston-Salem Journal If you're looking for a way to get a sports-obsessed kid into poetry, this may be it.