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Authors: K.A. Holt

Rhyme Schemer

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Copyright © 2014 by K.A. Holt.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Holt, K. A., author.
Rhyme schemer / by K.A. Holt.
pages cm
Summary: A novel in verse about Kevin's journey from bully to being bullied, as he learns about friendship, family, and his talent for poetry.
ISBN 978-1-4521-2700-2 (hc)
ISBN 978-1-4521-3243-3 (epub, mobi)
1. Poetry—Juvenile fiction. 2. Bullying—Juvenile fiction. 3. Friendship—Juvenile fiction. 4. Families—Juvenile fiction. [1. Novels in verse. 2. Poetry—Fiction. 3. Bullying—Fiction. 4. Friendship—Fiction. 5. Family life—Fiction. 6. Humorous stories.] I. Title.

PZ7.5.H65Rh 2014
[Fic]—dc23
2013032175

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To my parents, Don and Carole Holt,
who made sure I grew up with a pen in one hand
and a book in the other

Contents

DAY 1
     
1

DAY 2
     
3

DAY 3
     
5

DAY 4
     
8

DAY 5
     
10

WEEKEND
     
16

DAY 6
     
18

DAY 7
     
28

WEEKEND
     
31

DAY 15
     
35

DAY 16
     
38

DAY 17
     
46

DAY 19
     
48

DAY 20
     
50

WEEKEND
     
51

DAY 23
     
53

DAY 24
     
55

DAY 25
     
60

DAY 26
     
62

DAY 9,342
     
66

DAY I DON'T EVEN KNOW ANYMORE
     
68

WEEKEND
     
70

DAY 30-SOMETHING
     
72

TUESDAY
     
78

WEDNESDAY
     
80

THURSDAY
     
84

FRIDAY
     
92

MONDAY
     
97

LATER MONDAY
     
98

TUESDAY
     
100

THURSDAY
     
103

LATER THURSDAY
     
105

FRIDAY
     
106

LATER FRIDAY
     
112

SATURDAY
     
113

MONDAY
     
117

TUESDAY
     
118

THURSDAY
     
120

FRIDAY
     
124

DINNER
     
126

FRIDAY NEVER ENDS
     
128

FRIDAY NEVER ENDS, THE OUTSIDE OF THE RESTAURANT EDITION
     
129

FRIDAY RESCUE
     
133

OPEN MIC
     
137

MONDAY
     
140

TUESDAY
     
142

TIME STANDS STILL (AKA: HARTWICK'S OFFICE) ((AGAIN))
     
145

WEDNESDAY
     
152

THURSDAY
     
156

FRIDAY
     
161

Acknowledgments
     
165

NECKTIE POEMS
     
168

About the Author
     
171

DAY 1

First day of school.

My favorite.

Easy prey.

Giant John.

A parade float of himself.

Freckle-Face Kelly,

like a painting

by that one guy

who drank too much beer

and went crazy.

Robin is so short.

I am a dinosaur

stepping on his lunch.

Plus,

his name is Robin.

So many

weenies.

So little

time.

King of the seventh grade

can't choose his own throne.

Assigned seats.

Not everyone's favorite.

Not
my
favorite.

But you know what?

My seat is next to

Freckle-Face Kelly.

Connect the dots,

all

day

long.

Day 2

My brother Petey is in a band

so he always plays air guitar

while he lurches us over curbs

and through red lights

when he drives me to school.

His band is called

The Band with No Name

because it has no name.

Duh.

He and his bandmates can only think of

lame ideas for names.

Like the Flaming Turtles

or Midnight Pukefest

or Mustache Farm.

My ideas are great

but he never listens to me

only to music

with too many guitars.

I could learn the guitar.

Mrs. Smithson.

My teacher.

She has this mole.

I've named it Harry.

Not because it IS hairy

but because it's not.

That's called

irony.

I think.

Harry gives a shake

when Mrs. Smithson

sneezes

turns her head

walks too fast

laughs

hollers.

If Harry changes color

I would suggest

Mrs. Smithson seeks

a doctor

more makeup

a bag over her head

a Band-Aid

a black pointy hat.

DAY 3

Sometimes I wonder

about the coffee cups.

Every teacher has one,

even the PE teacher

who has so much energy

he seems to float just above the gym mats.

What's in those cups?

Witches' brew?

Ugly potion?

Bad hair broth?

It smells like coffee,

but judging from their breath

I'm sure it's way worse than just that.

I found the page in an old book.

No one will miss it.

No one reads those old books anyway.

The words just jumped out at me

like tickly little fleas

needing a good scratching.

So I scratched them.

And no one will know it was me.

I stuck it on the wall by the lockers

when no one was looking.

I couldn't help it.

I thought people would laugh.

People did laugh.

A lot.

Until Mrs. Smithson yanked it down.

She was not laughing.

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