FLASHBACK FRIDAY: #WeNeedDiverseBooks – BLACK AND WHITE by Paul Volponi
May 9th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer


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FRIDAY FLASHBACK: #WeNeedDiversity –

BLACK AND WHITE by Paul Volponi

Published November 2, 2006

Publisher: Speak



  • Winner of the IRA Children’s Book Award (Young Adult Fiction)
  • ALA Best Book Young Adult
  • ALA Quick Pick Top Ten
  • New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
  • Tayshas List (Texas Library Association)

From Goodreads:

Marcus and Eddie are best friends who found the strength to break through the racial barrier. Marcus is black; Eddie is white. Stars of their school basketball team, they are true leaders who look past the stereotypes and come out on top. They are inseparable, watching each other’s backs, both on and off the basketball court. But one night—and one wrong decision—will change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship . . . and their future? An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick “Top Ten”

IRA Children’s Book Award (Young Adult)

My Review:

Volponi, in my opinion, is THE urban YA writer to read. His books should be on every high school reading list. BLACK AND WHITE is one more book by Volponi that depicts the reality facing urban American youth and the justice system. The title refers to his main characters, teammates and best friends who are basketball stars at their high school. Their nicknames are Black and White, which not only represents the color of their skin, but the close connection they have together – one is not without the other. They could be the kids next door, feeling invincible and making choices that will impact them for the rest of their lives. On a deeper level, these characters also represent the racial divide between black and white. This is a gripping, powerful tale reminding us to keep our eyes open to reality, to hold our judgments, and to recognize that injustice prevails, even when two young men are guilty of a crime.

I am a HUGE fan of Paul Volponi! There isn’t a novel of his that I haven’t read. Long before the plea for diversity in YA novels, Paul Volponi was on the scene. If you haven’t read his books, I recommend ALL OF THE TO YOU!

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