Search Results: "Paul Volponi"


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GAME SEVEN by Paul Volponi
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"An entertaining tale of baseball, family and loyalty. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Julio Ramirez Jr. dreams of being a junior Nacional and playing for Cuba against the best young players around the world. Read full book review >

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THE FINAL FOUR by Paul Volponi
Released: March 1, 2012

"Compelling characters and solid sports action. (Fiction. 12 & up) "
Volponi's latest combines in-the-moment action, basketball history and the points of view of four college ballplayers with very different lives. Read full book review >

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RESPONSE by Paul Volponi
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Readers will appreciate the author's continued efforts to advocate for urban teens, but will also hope his next work is back on target. (Fiction. YA)"
A white-on-black assault reignites racial tensions between two long-segregated towns, leaving Noah wondering how he can receive justice from a biased judicial system, while Charlie wrestles with his apparent abandonment by the community he sought to defend. Read full book review >

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BLACK AND WHITE by Paul Volponi
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Hugely discussable. (Fiction. YA)"
Marcus is black and Eddie white in a multicultural Long Island neighborhood. Read full book review >

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RUCKER PARK SETUP by Paul Volponi
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"A slam dunk! (Fiction. YA)"
Harlem's Rucker Park amateur basketball tournaments combine street players and wannabes in a showcase of slam-dunk explosive talent. Read full book review >

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THE HAND YOU’RE DEALT by Paul Volponi
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Fast-paced, with a riveting opening full of guns and cursing, the book has an odd quality of the fairy tale, with an unrelentingly evil villain, a fairy-godfather figure in the priest, a beautiful princess for the prom and never any doubt about the abilities of the hero. (Fiction. YA)"
Putting aside basketball and racism, Volponi leaps into new territory—cards. Read full book review >

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RIKERS HIGH by Paul Volponi
FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2010

"This tale of education and life on the Island will keep readers locked to the page. (Fiction. YA)"
Five months after his arrest, 17-year-old Martin Stokes is still waiting on Riker's Island for his sentencing. Read full book review >

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CROSSING LINES by Paul Volponi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 9, 2011

"Weighed down by earnest good intentions, this tale of high-school homophobia falls flat. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
An unsubtle and old-fashioned exploration of homophobia. Read full book review >

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ROOFTOP by Paul Volponi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2006

"The symbolism is a little too obvious and the characters somewhat stock, but this second work follows closely in the steps of the first. (Fiction. YA)"
Clay arrives at his special drug treatment center/high school one morning to discover his estranged cousin Addison has joined the program. Read full book review >

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TOP PROSPECT by Paul Volponi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Absorbing if flawed. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Plenty of play-by-play peppers this inside look at America's top game, with a focus on early recruitment of elite high school athletes. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE SONG by Paul Volponi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 12, 2008

"Not for sissies—a riveting and readable exploration of the effects of race in today's world. (Fiction. YA)"
Volponi leaves his usual basketball milieu behind and sets his story in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina, with football and music as his themes. Read full book review >

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HOMESTRETCH by Paul Volponi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"An intense novel that treats controversy with commendable honesty. (Fiction. YA)"
Gaston "Gas" Giambanco flees from his Texas home at the age of 17 to escape his violent, alcoholic father and the painful absence of his deceased mother. Read full book review >