Ghetto Cowboy

Ghetto Cowboy

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by G. Neri, J.D. Jackson
     
 

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Suddenly, something big and white bumps up against the car, and I jump. I think I must be dreamin’, ’cause I just saw a horse run by.
When Cole’s mom dumps him in the mean streets of Philly to live with the dad he’s never met, the last thing he expects to see is a horse  —  let alone a stable full of them. He may not

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Suddenly, something big and white bumps up against the car, and I jump. I think I must be dreamin’, ’cause I just saw a horse run by.
When Cole’s mom dumps him in the mean streets of Philly to live with the dad he’s never met, the last thing he expects to see is a horse  —  let alone a stable full of them. He may not know much about cowboys, but what he knows for sure is that cowboys ain’t black, and they don’t live in the ’hood. But here, horses are a way of life, and soon Cole’s days of skipping school and getting in trouble in Detroit have been replaced by shoveling muck and trying not to get stomped on.

At first, all Cole can think about is how to ditch these ghetto cowboys and get home, but when the City threatens to shut down the stables  —  and take away the horse that Cole has come to think of as his own  —  he knows it’s time to step up and fight back.

Inspired by the real-life inner- city horsemen of Philadelphia and Brooklyn, Ghetto Cowboy is a timeless urban western about learning to stand up for what’s right  —  the Cowboy Way.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A fascinating glimpse of a culture most readers will not have heard of.
—Kirkus Reviews

Neri's story is original in theme and inspirational in tone and content.
—Booklist

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Cole has been skipping school so much that he might have to repeat seventh grade. His fed-up mom drives him from Detroit to North Philadelphia to live with the father he's never met. Feeling abandoned, Cole at first struggles to get along with his father. But eventually his dad's vocation as a horse-whispering cowboy—he runs a stable in the inner city, which is a safe haven for local kids—gives them a chance to connect. Cole learns the history of black horsemen and how to live the "Cowboy Way," befriending a horse of his own and joining a fight to save the stable when it's threatened by the city. This well-written book is based on a true story of urban cowboys in Philadelphia and New York. Cole's spot-on emotional insight is conveyed through believable dialogue and the well-paced plot offers information about a little-known aspect of African-American history as well as a portrait of contemporary urban stable life. Watson's illustrations punctuate the intriguing aspects of the story and make the novel more appealing.—Shawna Sherman, Hayward Public Library, CA
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 5–8—Cole has lived in Detroit with his mother for as long as he can remember. His father has never been part of their life. So, when Cole's mother, unable to handle parenting an adolescent boy alone, drops him off in front of his father's Philadelphia home, Cole is beyond surprised. And then the horse appears. Cole's father is an urban cowboy, part of a small group that cares for retired racehorses in the city's abandoned inner-city lots. Just as Cole begins to get comfortable with his new life—living with his dad, mucking out stables, learning to ride—the city threatens to take away everything he has come to love. Desperate to save the stables and his horse, Cole has to step up and become the responsible young man his father knows he can be. G. Neri's compelling tale (Candlewick, 2011), complemented by JD Jackson's smooth narration, will resonate with many urban kids. The story's drama is based on real life events, a fact that will intrigue listeners. An excellent choice for school and public libraries.—Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455821495
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
08/09/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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From the Publisher
A fascinating glimpse of a culture most readers will not have heard of.
—Kirkus Reviews

Neri's story is original in theme and inspirational in tone and content.
—Booklist

Meet the Author

G. Neri is the winner of a 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award for his graphic novel Yummy and the 2010 Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for Chess Rumble, a middle-grade novel in verse with illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson. G. Neri lives in Tampa, Florida.

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