By Paul Volponi

Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670060696, 199pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2006

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. Mr. Volponi is also the author of Black and White, Rooftop, and Rucker Park Setup. He holds an MA in American Literature from the City College of New York and a BA in English from Baruch. Visit him at

Praise For Rooftop:

"This is a thoughtfully crafted and deceptively simple story that knits together a high-interest plot, a readable narrativeā€¦and complex personal and societal issues that teen readers will passionately engage." -Booklist, starred review