Rooftop:

By Paul Volponi
(Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670060696, 199pp.)

Publication Date: June 1, 2006

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Description
Clay is committed to cleaning up his act. He's at Daytop, a drug treatment facility, working towards getting his GED and kicking his drug habit. Then one day his estranged cousin, Addison, shows up at the program. Addison's a bigger, bolder version of Clay: he's older, he's into harder drugs, and he's in more trouble.That trouble comes to a head one tragic night on a rooftop when Addison is shot by the police as Clay stands just a few steps away. Addison wasn t armed. He didn t deserve to die. But was he completely innocent? And what will prove more difficult for Clay living a lie, or facing the truth?



About the Author
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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