Response

By Volponi, Paul

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When an African American high school student is beaten with a baseball bat in a white neighborhood, three boys are charged with a hate crime.

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978-0-67006-283-6
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

Gr 6-10 Seventeen-year-old Noah and his two buddies go to an Italian-American neighborhood, intent on stealing a car to sell for parts. Instead, some thugs target the African-American teens and beat Noah's head in with a baseball bat. The unrepentant bat wielder, Charlie Scaturro, and his cohorts are charged with a hate crime. His cousin Spenelli confesses and the third boy, the son of a police officer, testifies to avoid prosecution. At Noah's mostly black school, white ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Noah lands in the hospital, the victim of a hate crime, after he and his friends (en route to steal a car) are assaulted i...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on April 1, 2009

In Paul Volponi’s Response, young adult readers will easily identify with Noah’s teenage struggles with girls, money, bullies, and authority, even as they are lured into a more complicated morality tale. Noah grapples with what it means to be a just person in the face of a traumatic hate crime. He is no saint, but his willingness to face up to his own mistakes renders him a much more complicated and likable character—more than a mere victim. Volponi intersperses Noah’s first-person account of the events surrounding his attempted theft and subsequ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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