About Paul Volponi

Paul Volponi is the author of 11 novels for young adults that are currently being read in high schools and middle schools around the country. Paul visits these classes often, either in-person or via video conferencing, 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, teacher, and journalist living in New York City. From 1992-1998, he taught incarcerated teens on Rikers Island to read and write. That experience formed the basis of his ALA Award-winning novels Rikers High and Black and White. From 1999-2005, Paul taught teens in drug treatment programs, inspiring his ALA Award-winning novel Rooftop. As a journalist, Paul covers the sport of Thoroughbred racing for the national publication The Blood-Horse.


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 10)
  • NY Public Library Book for the Teen Age
  • TAYSHAS List (Texas Library Association)

THE FINAL FOUR:

  • ALA Best Fiction Young Adult
  • ALA Quick Pick
  • Junior Literary Guild Selection
  • TAYSHAS List (Texas Library Association)
  • South Carolina Children's Young Adult Book Award (Nominee)
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee)
  • Pennsylvania's Young Readers Choice Award (Nominee)
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award (Nominee)
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Recommended)
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award (Nominee)
  • Nutmeg Book Award (Nominee)

ROOFTOP:

  • ALA Best Book Young Adult
  • ALA Quick Pick
  • New York City Library Book for the Teen Age
  • Junior Literary Guild Selection
  • Tayshas List (Texas Library Association)
  • Abe Lincoln Award (Nominee)

RIKERS HIGH:

  • ALA Quick Pick (Top 10)
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Abe Lincoln Award (Nominee)

GAME SEVEN:

  • Junior Literary Guild Selection

RUCKER PARK SETUP:

  • ALA Quick Pick
  • NY Public Library Book for the Teen Age
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • TAYSHAS List (Texas Library Association)
  • Abe Lincoln Award (Nominee)

RESPONSE:

  • ALA Quick Pick
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • TAYSHAS List (Texas Library Association)

THE HAND YOU'RE DEALT:

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

 
Paul Volponi is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Agency. 
Ms. Stimola can contacted at ltrystudio@aol.com