Koertge, Ron. The Brimstone journals.

AuthorRohrlick, Paula
PositionBrief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

KOERTGE, Ron. The Brimstone journals. Candlewick. 113p. c2061. 6-7636-1742-3. $6.99. JS *

To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2001: The Fat Kid, the Anorexic, the Slut, the Jock ... and, most alarmingly, the Angry Boy with a Grudge and a Gun. We meet 15 familiar high school student types through the brief but revealing poems they write. Yes, the characters are stereotypes, but this story of simmering violence has an unexpected ending, in which tragedy is averted and an unlikely character becomes a hero. Like Mel Glenn (author of Split Image, Foreign Exchange, and other YA titles), Koertge, a poet and YA author (Where the Kissing Never Stops, The Arizona Kid, and Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright) employs multiple perspectives and a blank verse format to...

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