Rooftop: (Hardcover)

By Paul Volponi

Viking Books, 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 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.

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