By: Paul Valponi Jack Hill Reading-Miss Roche Period 3 May 11, 2012
Paul Valponi grew up in New York, NewYork. He later went to college in New York.Then right after college he started workingat Riker’s Island Educational Facility. At hisjob he witnessed a lot of racism whichinspired Paul in many of his books. Paul isnow a writer, journalist, and a educator. Hehas written many books and has receivedmany awards for them such as the AmericanLibrary Association Best Book for YoungAdults nomination. Paul continues to writetoday.
Black and White is a novel about two friends Marcus andEddie. Eddie is white and Marcus is black, but that does notaffect their friendship. They both have a lot going forthemselves in sports and in school. Marcus and Eddie areknown as Black and White throughout their neighborhoods.Marcus and Eddie are the best players on their basketballteam and have a good shot to play in college. Then theymake a bad mistake. Marcus and Eddie want to make someeasy cash by robbing people. They bring a gun to scare thepeople so that they would get the money from the person.They were not planning to shoot the person but Eddie did onaccident. Black and White could get in a lot of trouble. Willthey get arrested? Will they ever play basketball again? Willthey ever be able to save their friendship? Read on to findout.
Main Characters1. Eddie: A great athlete and student, but sometimes makes some pretty bad decisions.2. Marcus: Also a great athlete and student, but does not stick up for what he believes is right or wrong .He just does whatever the other people do. He gives into peer pressure.3. Rose: Eddies little sister that really sticks up for people and helps them through tough situations.Supporting Characters1. Casey: Eddie’s and Marcus’ basketball coach that tells them how to behave on and off the court. He tries his best to make sure his players are good kids off the court.2. Mr. Russo: Is Eddie’s parent driven to make sure their kids don’t get into trouble.3. Jefferson: A teacher who tries to help Marcus and Eddie get through the tough times they are in.
• Introduction- Meet Eddie and Marcus or “Black and White”- Setting: New York City • Rising Action- Eddie and Marcus are playing on their high schools basketball team and they are the stars.- They are trying to figure out a way to get some easy money- Eddie decides they will use his Grandpa’s old handgun- When they are robbing somebody they get scared because the guy comes after them and they shoot him- Eddie get a scholarship to St. Johns for basketball- They find out the guy is still living- Then Eddie and Marcus are scared to go anywhere because they do not want to be caught
• Climax- The guy Eddie shot pointed out Marcus in the school year book as one of the robbers which meant Marcus was guilty , but Eddie was not even questioned • Falling Action- Marcus will not tell the police officers who the other robber was, but Eddie knows that if they find out he will be in huge trouble and loose his scholarship- Eddie is very scared that the police will find out and his basketball career would be over- The police come to Eddie’s house and question him, but he is not proven guilty- They team makes it to the playoffs but Marcus can’t play and they loose • Conclusion- Marcus ends up dating Rose Eddie’s sister but he only has a few days before going upstate to prison- Eddie is never guilty of anything and keeps playing basketball- Then the last day before Marcus goes upstate Marcus and Eddie play a game of one on one basketball.
1.Convict- n. a person serving usually a long prison sentenceShe said they were treating me like a convict already. Pg1372.Accessory-n. a thing of secondary or subordinate importance.“ I’d tell you boys to shoot the lights out this afternoon, but that might make me an accessory,” he laughed. Pg 1003.Indict- v. to charge with a fault or offense.“ My lawyer says he could indict a ham or a sandwich if he wanted to. Pg 1145.Racist- n. racial prejudice or discrimination.That’s when some black kid in the bleachers screamed she was a racist. Pg 1435.Grand jury- n. A jury that examines accusations against persons charged with a crime and if the evidence warrants makes formal charges on which the accused persons are later.So I knew I had been indicted by the grand jury.
Rose played by: Samantha Droke Casey played by: Ben Stiller
A seen were the cops come to Marcus’ basketball game and arrest him. Bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do when they come for you? When you were eight and you had bad traits you go to school And learn the golden rule, So why are you acting like a bloody fool If you get hot then you must get cool! Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do? When they come for you?Bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
I gave Black and White a rating of 5 out of 5 stars I really liked this book because it gave agood lesson about thinking before you dosomething. If you don’t you might be in bigtrouble and have to go to jail and leaveeverything behind. Another thing I likedabout this book was the author reallydescribed all the characters. I love this bookbecause it gives an important lesson thathappens to a lot of teenagers.