Black and White

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Viking, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 185 pages
23 Reviews

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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User Review  - Ronny - Goodreads

I gave this book three stars because it was an ok read. I recommend this book to teenage kids that like basketball. The book is about two high school basketball players from New York that are very ... Read full review

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User Review  - Will - Goodreads

The book Black and White is a fantastic book about two boys named Marcus, who is black, and Eddie who is white. These two boys are very similar and do everything together until they made the wrong ... 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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