A street-smart tale about a displaced teen who learns to defend what's right-the Cowboy Way.
When Cole’s mom dumps him in the mean streets of Philadelphia to live with the dad he’s never met, the last thing Cole 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 aren’t black, and they don’t live in the inner city. But in his dad’s ’hood, horses are a way of life, and soon Cole’s days of skipping school and getting in trouble in Detroit have been replaced by shoveling muck and trying not to get stomped on.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 Cole has come to think of as his own-- he knows that it’s time to step up and fight back. Inspired by the little-known urban riders of Philly and Brooklyn, this compelling tale of latter -day cowboy justice champions a world where your friends always have your back, especially when the chips are down.
About 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.
Jesse Joshua Watson is the illustrator of Chess Rumble by G. Neri and I and I by Tony Medina. He is also the author-illustrator of Hope for Haiti. Jesse Joshua Watson lives in Washington State.
“I am an accidental writer,” says G. Neri, author of When Paul Met Artie, Hello, I’m Johnny Cash and Ghetto Cowboy. “I never thought I would—or could—write stories for young people, but life steered me from being a filmmaker and digital media producer to kids books.” Neri has since written 10 books of prose and poetry and has won numerous awards, including a Coretta Scott King Honor and a Horace Mann Upstander Award.
“All my stories are inspired by real life. I think everyone has a story to tell and my job is to find those stories.” He is widely-traveled, having done school visits in 47 of the 50 states in America. He has also lived in Berlin, Montreal and Vancouver, traveled all over Europe and toured in Russia with his book, Ghetto Cowboy. But his craziest adventure was this past winter when he was given a grant from the National Science Foundation to go to Antarctica! “That was a trip of a lifetime,” he said. “I was able to go to some of the most remote places on earth and walk in the footsteps of Shackleton and Scott. Sometimes you have to go to great lengths to find stories.”
Normally, he lives in the jungles of the gold coast of Florida, where he swims with manatees and kayaks amongst alligators. He has a wife and daughter and a cat named Mexico that came out of the jungle during a hurricane. “I try to say yes to all new experiences, whether its eating jellyfish salad, skydiving, or writing a new kind of story he’s never attempted before. Life’s an adventure. Take chances and live it to the fullest.”
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A fascinating glimpse of a culture most readers will not have heard of.
Neri's story is original in theme and inspirational in tone and content.