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Black Heron Press, Aug 30, 2005 - Fiction - 242 pages
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Rikers is the story of Martin Stokes, known as Forty, a seventeen-year-old on Rikers Island in New York. Forty gets his name from the number of the bed to which he is assigned. He has spent five months on the island, waiting to plead guilty to a minor offense and receive probation. During his last few weeks there, his face is cut in an attack by another inmate. He is transferred to a different housing unit. In his new unit, he finds support from a teacher and comes up against Brick, the house gangster. On his final trip to court, Forty has the opportunity to exact revenge when he encounters his assailant again. But should he take revenge? This is a novel for young adults and for adults who are concerned about adolescents.

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About the author (2005)

Paul Volponi is a writer, journalist, and teacher living in New York City. From 1992 to 1998, he taught incarcerated adolescents on Rikers Island to read and write, forming the basis of his first young adult novel, "Black and White", winner of the 2006 IRA Young Adult Book Award, an ALA Best Book Young Adult, and Quick Pick Award winner. His other young adult novels include, "Rooftop" (also a BBYA and Quick Pick winner), and "Rucker Park Setup". Mr. Volponi holds an MA in American Literature from the City College of New York and a BA in English from Baruch. You can visit him online at www.paulvolponibooks.com.

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