Paul Volponi is the author of 11 novels for young adults that are currently being read in high school and middle school English classes around the country. Paul visits these classes often, either in-person or via video conference, to discuss the novels and encourage students who wish to pursue their own writing.

Teachers and librarians can contact Paul at pavolpo@cs.com to arrange a visit with their students.

Paul Volponi is a writer, journalist, and teacher living in New York City. From 1992 to 1998, he taught incarcerated teens on Rikers Island to read and write. That experience formed the basis of his ALA award-winning novels Black and White and Rikers High. From 1999 to 2005, Paul taught teens in drug treatment programs, inspiring his ALA award-winning novel Rooftop.


Literary Awards

BLACK AND WHITE:

  • 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)

ROOFTOP:

  • ALA Best Book Young Adult
  • ALA Quick Pick
  • New York City Library Book for the Teen Age
  • Tayshas List (Texas Library Association

RUCKER PARK SETUP:

  • ALA Quick Pick
  • New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

RESPONSE:

  • ALA Quick Pick
  • Tayshas List (Texas Library Association)

THE HAND YOU'RE DEALT:

  • Tayshas List (Texas Library Association)

RIKERS HIGH:

  • ALA Quick Pick Top Ten