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"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 wont be seeing a baseball field for a while, he suddenly finds himself scrawling a poem down the middle of a page in his journal. To get some help, he cops a poetry book from his dads den - and before Kevin knows it, hes writing in verse about stuff like, Will his jock friends give up on him? Whats the deal with girlfriends? Surprisingly enough, after his health improves, he keeps on writing, about the smart-talking Latina girl who thinks poets are cool, and even about his mother, whose death is a still-tender loss. Written in free verse with examples of several poetic forms slipped into the mix, including a sonnet, haiku, pastoral, and even a pantoum, this funny, poignant story by a master of dialogue is an English teachers dream - sure to hook poetry lovers, baseball fanatics, mono recoverers, and everyone in between.