RIKERS HIGH by Paul Volponi

RIKERS HIGH

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Five months after his arrest, 17-year-old Martin Stokes is still waiting on Riker’s Island for his sentencing. He’s picked up a few things during that time, including some GED coursework, many observations about the inequality of the justice system and a scar on his cheek from a slashing razor blade. Volponi’s punchy, journalistic prose runs the gamut of emotions, propelling readers through relief and triumph before plunging them back into anger and frustration. Martin’s inner workings are left largely unexplored, but his internal dialogue enables adequate character development. Using an amalgamation of real-life people and experiences as his basis to create a rich balance of despair and promise, the author provides a satisfying experience for all readers. These pooled personalities also give substance to secondary characters that might otherwise languish in the shadows. This tale of education and life on the Island will keep readers locked to the page. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Feb. 4th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-670-01107-0
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2010




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