Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rhyme Schemer by K A Holt

Kevin is an aggressive boy, with a difficult life and a lot of anger, which he happily takes out on his classmates. Secretly, he loves to write poetry, but even while he's creating his poems he's destroying the library books where he finds his words. Eventually his poetry makes him a target for another boy out for revenge and Kevin hits rock bottom.
This is a novel in verse and contains some of the best kids poetry I've read. Take this for example:

By the way,
this isn't even poetry.
It's just thoughts
on paper
rapid fire
with not as many words
as usual thoughts

Rhyme Schemer is a great story that really makes you think about the use of language, humor and real life experience in poetry.

Published by Chronicle Books October 2014

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