Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 7 - 10Grades 3 - 5n/a4.9n/a

Marcus and Eddie are best friends. They're also stars on the basketball court, where they're known as Black and White. Race has never been an issue: Marcus is black, Eddie is white, but it doesn't matter. Until they start to pull stickups for extra pocket cash and the gun they're using goes off. Now Marcus is going to jail and Eddie is going to college, even though Eddie is the one who fired the gun.

Told in their two voices, Black and White is the gripping story of two good boys who make a bad mistake. It's also a heart-breaking look at the realities of the urban criminal justice system. Written with passion and uncanny authenticity, this is Paul Volponi's debut young adult novel.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on May 5, 2005 by Viking Juvenile
ISBN-10: 0670060062
ISBN-13: 9780670060061
1 Book Review
  • misstan2003
    misstan2003about 4 years55 stars
    im reading this book in class its so interesting