Black and white paul volponi

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Black and White by Paul Volponi

Marcus and Eddie are best friends who found the strength to break through the racial barrier. Marcus is black; Eddie is white. Stars of their school basketball team, they are true leaders who look past the stereotypes and come out on top. They are inseparable, watching each others backs, both on and off the basketball court. But one night—and one wrong decision—will change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship . . . and their future?An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick “Top Ten”

IRA Children’s Book Award (Young Adult)
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Published 12.12.2018

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Thank you! Marcus is black and Eddie white in a multicultural Long Island neighborhood.
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Black and White

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Post a Comment. Reviewed by Steven Wolk Paul Volponi has burst onto the young adult literature scene like a thrilling thunderstorm. His books take place in urban America, and involve race and culture, crime, and sports. Black and White is a dazzling book that brings all of these elements together in a great story of friendship, responsibility, basketball, and the social and personal lines between race and class. Marcus and Eddie are seniors in high school, best friends, and the stars of their basketball team.

Can you think of any people that you have known along the way who have made very bad decisions that have caused them and their families great pain for many years to come? What were those poor decisions? I am thinking of the famous case of the Glen Ridge football players whose indiscretions followed them for years and years and the two boys who set the fire a Seton Hall anumber of years ago. What might Marcus and Eddie have done other than "steal from others" and "hold people hostage" in order to gain the items that they wanted I think that you have done a wonderful job in pointing out Why were these two young men were short sighted, however why would you suggest that Marcus implicate Eddie?

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Volponi's Rikers excellent novel has it all: authentic characters, a thought-provoking plot and heartbreaking drama. As Marcus says, they've gotten "past all that racial crap," but the novel makes it clear that the rest of society hasn't. Short on cash, the boys stick up a few strangers using Eddie's grandfather's gun, which accidentally discharges during their third robbery, grazing an African-American man's head. In alternating first-person narratives, the two describe the aftermath of the events. Marcus is arrested first because the victim recognizes him as a passenger on the public bus he drives. The cops soon connect the dots and figure out Eddie is "the shooter," but the evidence against him is only circumstantial. Grand plans of scholarships and pro careers begin to unravel, more dramatically for Marcus, whose family does not have the means to hire an attorney.

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