Rooftop by Paul Volponi

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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 Paul Volponi

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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.
Published June 1, 2006 by Viking Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Clay arrives at his special drug treatment center/high school one morning to discover his estranged cousin Addison has joined the program.

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The talky (and rather plodding) first half of the novel, narrated by Clay, doesn't prepare readers for the pivotal moment in the story, in which a rookie white cop shoots Addison dead on the rooftop of the title.

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