Kevin has a bad attitude. He has a real knack for rubbing people the wrong way. And he's even figured out a secret way to do it with poems. But what happens when the tables are turned and he is the one getting picked on? Using elements of subversive found poetry, Rhyme Schemer is an accessible novel in verse that is both touching and hilarious, and will inspire voracious and reluctant readers alike. It is a celebration of the power of words and their ability to transform lives.
About the Author
K.A. Holt is the author of Rhyme Schemer and House Arrest, along with several other books for young people. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas, and is active within the vibrant Texas writing community.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Synopsis- Kevin Jamison is a bully. And the entire school knows it. But when Kevin’s jerk of a brother, Petey, chucks Kevin’s poetry notebook (the whole book before that point) through the car window, a kid that Kevin had been bullying, Robin, finds the notebook. Now Robin is using it to blackmail Kevin and Kevin has to do everything Robin says. Now Robin begins to bully Kevin and Kevin is powerless. What’s even worse, is that the teacher is turning a blind eye to the situation! What can Kevin do? What I Liked- Even though Kevin isn’t a good kid, you still end up falling in love with his character. His plight, while well-deserved, is still unjust. It is sad that Kevin’s teacher does nothing at all. Ms. Holt has written a wonderful novel-in-verse that tugs at your heart-strings. Kevin goes through a huge character change from start to end. I like the touch of the “ripped-page poetry” that Kevin does being present in this book. They were pretty funny and creative. Mrs. Little, the school librarian, is a cool character and is the librarian that every school should have. (well, any librarian is good. But she’s a good role model.) :) The point-of-view of the story is unique – from the bully’s view, and how he gets bullied. It kept me interested. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
What’s it like when a bully ends up being bullied by others? That’s just one of the many lessons you might find inside this little novel by K.A. Holt. Written in verse, Kevin is cruel in his comments with just about everyone he meets. His parents seem too busy to take notice of him and to Kevin, everything is just a joke. He gets caught for his behavior and he faces punishment but he doesn’t change. He leaves reconstructed papers in the hallway for all to see; these words of poetry catching the attention of everyone, his lovely works of art. His friend secretly begs him to be this Poetry Bandit, a rising star among his peers. There is something about this new identity that Kevin can’t reveal. Kevin keeps notes inside a journal and one day, this journal gets lost. You can imagine what happens in Kevin’s world as the words written in his journal are out there for someone else to read. I reflected after reading this novel about the power of words. Words need to be spoken but the tone and how your string your words together really matter. Make your words constructive and not destructive against others. They say, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all and I don’t believe this saying to be accurate. I think it all depends on how you approach the person, how you say your words and who you are talking to. It was an interesting novel, not too heavy and it was straight to the point.