Kevin has a bad attitude. He’s the one who laughs when you trip and fall. In fact, he may have been the one who tripped you in the first place. 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? Rhyme Schemer is a touching middle-grade novel in verse about one seventh-grader’s journey from bully-er to bully-ee, as he learns about friendship, family, and the influence that words can have on your life.
“A strong anti-bullying message. Ideal for classroom use.”
“This transformative tale offers important lessons for all persuasions of middle graders, whether bullies or targets, complicit or horrified bystanders.”
“Poetry-writing seventh-grade bully both is believable and sympathetic, and his voice rings totally authentic.”
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“In the richly imaginative Rhyme Schemer (which I laughed through on a 90 minute plane ride) K.A. Holt’s sparkling poetry is akin to Cliff Huxtable’s loonylook—eccentric, entertaining, essential. From the first Flaming Turtle to the last Shrieking Tornado, all I could think was, just like Kevin (her 7th Grade poet narrator), verse novels will never be the same. . ”
— Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover