Black and White

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Viking, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 185 pages
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Marcus and Eddie are best friends. They're also stars on the basketball court, where they're known as Black and White. Race has never been an issue: Marcus is black, Eddie is white, but it doesn't matter. Until they start to pull stickups for extra pocket cash and the gun they're using goes off. Now Marcus is going to jail and Eddie is going to college, even though Eddie is the one who fired the gun.

Told in their two voices, Black and White is the gripping story of two good boys who make a bad mistake. It's also a heart-breaking look at the realities of the urban criminal justice system. Written with passion and uncanny authenticity, this is Paul Volponi's debut young adult novel.

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Review: Black and White

User Review  - Trixie - Goodreads

I like this more than I thought I would - was expecting a sports story. I liked the juxtaposition of Marcus and Eddie's perspective in alternating chapters. Well-written, great story. Volponi did an excellent job of highlighting friendship, family, and race relations. Read full review

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User Review  - Meghan - Goodreads

Black and White do everything together on and off the basketball court. They even rob people. At gun point. I had a hard time feeling sympathy for either of them. I'm sure that my students will like ... Read full review

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Paul Volponi is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novel Black & White. From 1992 to 1998, he taught adolescents on Rikers Island in New York City to read and write. Mr. Volponi worked at a day treatment center like Daytop teaching students and helping them prepare for the GED. Mr. Volponi lives in New York City.

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