Rikers High

By Volponi, Paul

Publishers Summary:
Martin was sitting on the front stoop of his apartment building minding his own business when he was arrested for something he didn’t even mean to do. Five months later, he’s still locked up on Rikers Island, in a New York City jail. Just when it seems things couldn’t get much worse, Martin is caught between two warring prisoners, and his face is slashed. Now he’ll be forever marked with a prison scar. One good thing comes from the attack: Martin is transferred to a different part of Rikers where inmates are required to attend high school. If Martin opens up to a teacher who really seems to care, perhaps he’ll learn a lesson more valuable than any taught in class. An award-winning author, Paul Volponi is uniquely qualified to tell Martin’s story because he taught on Rikers Island for six years. He originally wrote Rikers for an adult audience. The book has been revised for young adults and is being republished as Rikers High.

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School Library Journal

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Gr 8-Up Martin Stokes is awaiting trial at Rikers Island, a New York City correctional facility. His alleged crime is steering: telling an undercover police officer where to buy marijuana in his neighborhood. Riding back to Rikers on a bus after his court date is rescheduled, Martin gets caught between two boys fighting and is cut in the face with a blade. He is assigned to a new unit, and the cut is both the first thing the boys in Sprung #3 notice about him and a metap...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2010

His court date delayed again, Martin returns to Rikers Island to wait out his time among other juvenile inmates. There he gets...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on February 4, 2010

- The premise is engaging. Readers will be eager to find out how high school on Rikers Island is different from and similar to their own. - The novel is ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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