Black and White by Paul Volponi

Genre:  Realistic Fiction/Sports

Age Level:  14 and up

# of pages:  185 p.

RAC Book:  Yes

Eddie and Marcus have been best friends for so long that no one even qusetions the fact that Eddie is white and Marcus is black.  In fact, since they are a dynamic duo on the basketball court they actually have the nickname “black and white.”  Unfortunately, they get the idea to hold people up in order to get extra cash and a man accidentally gets shot.  As the cops slowly start to put the pieces together they need to decide just what it means to be a good friend.  Does it mean taking the blame together or keeping your mouth shut and letting your friend walk away free?

This story discusses the differences in how African American and Caucasion people are treated in the court system.  This story is based on interviews conducted by the author with people who have been caught in similar situations.  Students will like this story because it discusses friendship as well as choices.  At our school we stress how important it is for students to be aware of the choices they make because each one can change the course of your life. 

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38 Responses to “Black and White by Paul Volponi”


  1. 1 angel April 9, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Hey i loved this book so much i usualy hate reading but this was the first book i picked up and fell in love with it and now im reading a lot more from it i reccomend it to any teenager who doesnt or does like to read

    • 2 tamia April 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      this book is so cool that balck and white is good for teenager to read this book and know how it was to see hard thing good around

    • 3 Anonymous September 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      same here i hated reading. once i started reading this book i couldnt stop reading it. i never thought i could love a book this much. i liked it because its about real world issues that we still have today. I mean they have gotten better since the 60’s and stuff but its an amazing book.

    • 4 Anonymous October 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      it wasnt my fave but you know it wouldnt hurt to have people read it

  2. 5 Meli Ramirez August 22, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    i read this book and at first just like angel, i didn’t want to read it, but after i kept reading i didn’t want to stop…it was so good filled with everything that is teenagers are going through…so all tenns, pick up this book and read it..i guarentee u will love it

  3. 6 blablabla August 23, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    this was without a doubt the best book I’ve ever read
    i definetly recommend it

  4. 8 Ljdj October 8, 2008 at 12:54 am

    great book ive ever read in my entire life. it reminded my of my friends and my school that i graduated from laast year.

  5. 9 Anonymous October 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I LOVE THIS BOOK WE READ IT IN ENGLISH CLASS EVERY DAY ..GREAT BOOK IVE EVRER READY IN MY LIVE ..

  6. 10 CHARMS October 17, 2008 at 2:29 am

    this is one the greatest books that i have ever read and i would read it 1000 times more

  7. 11 Anonymous November 18, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    this is probably the first book i ever finish that i actually like usually i pick up books then i read like the first 2 chapters then a lose it and never read it again

  8. 13 leigh-ann December 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I had to do this book for a final in English and I read it in 1 day it was amazing

  9. 14 Anonymous December 7, 2008 at 3:41 am

    I need to make responses for every chapters in this book.. Help me!

    • 15 manderse11 December 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm

      I’m not sure what kind of responses you are expected to write for your class, but with this particular book you can always focus on how the judicial system treats people differently based on class and race. Also, how does friendship play into the story? How far should friendship go?

  10. 16 Chanel power January 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    this book was amazing. it truly is a page turner. and it`s somehting we can all relate too!

  11. 17 Daymian Lederer March 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    This is an awesome book and you dont even have to like reading to enjoy it. I hate reading but i loved this book. The author should write more books just like it.

  12. 18 Bob The Builder March 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    this was definately theeeee worst book that i have ever read.

  13. 19 maddy March 31, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    My class read this book and we all LOVE it.

  14. 20 Miranda April 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    i lovedddddddd ittttttt make a # 2

  15. 23 k4r1n45 April 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    this book is like the first book i get interested in….i dont like reading but when i saw this book at the library i thought i was going to be boring but i really got into it..and i like it now…

  16. 24 Kizzarny April 29, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Is it actually that good?
    I’ve never read it though

  17. 26 ChUlA O1 May 10, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    this book is intresting

  18. 27 nigira lowery September 6, 2009 at 3:57 am

    i find this book very interesting it focus’s on the real struggles of modern day teens and not the fictional parts…. reading this book should open your eyes to new beginnings and old relationships. with this book you can learn to make wise desicions and learn to think before acting on anything.. i lovedd the book its been added to my fave list

  19. 28 y2f12 November 11, 2009 at 1:00 am

    i lovve this but plzz tell me what dose eddied takes his grandpa gun and gose around useing it to get money dose he want money and the power or dose he just want money or just the power or to be rich if he wants to be rich he can go get him a job because in the it says teenagers can get jobs at mcdonlas or buger king why dose,nt he just get a teenage job at mcdonlas or buger king pleas tell me this question

    • 29 manderse11 November 13, 2009 at 2:26 pm

      Eddie takes his grandpa’s gun because they want to earn some money for things like the senior trip. When the first hold up goes well they keep doing it. They never really think about the consequences should they get caught.

  20. 30 yomom December 12, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Beast book ever

  21. 31 deanna March 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    i really don’t like reading, but this book changed my mind. im reading it in English and i cant wait to see how it ends, i deff. recommend it to everyone!

  22. 32 ladonna April 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    if you like this book try books from bluford and from sharon g flake

  23. 33 Charles 25 April 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    This book is awesome! I had no idea how ruff some people have it in the United States. I live in a small town and I guess I was blinded because I had no idea times could get that ruff since I have never seen it. That would be a horrible position to be in. I feel sorry for both of those guys especially black because he had no father to look up to while he was young. I really like this book because I love sports especially basketball. This books bring basketball and the real world together. I can’t blame them to much for doing those robberies, which were very wrong, because there would be no other way to get the money. I am really glad I don’t have to grow up in a place like that.

  24. 34 Julian Asperheim November 25, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Calm down, it’s not that amazing…

  25. 35 Juvenile December 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I have recently read this book in juvenile when i was locked up and it made the days go by fast for like 2 or 3 days reading 2 or 3 chapters day, another good book by this author i have read is rooftop. 🙂

  26. 36 Amir March 9, 2011 at 2:25 am

    by far this book was the most amazing book ever. Im like every other kid who doesn’t like reading but when i picked this book up i didn’t stop.

  27. 37 Maria September 11, 2011 at 2:17 am

    This book is so good ;* everyone should read it 🙂

  28. 38 Anonymous October 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    blaze
    this was a awesome book because Marcus knew he was going to jail later


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