Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

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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dad’s ’hood, horses are a way of life, and soon Cole’s days of skipping school and getting in trouble in Detroit have been replaced by shoveling muck and trying not to get stomped on.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 G. Neri

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Greg Neri is a storyteller, filmmaker, artist, and digital media producer. When Greg was in college he made an animated film with jazz legend Chick Corea called A Picasso on the Beach which became a student Academy Award finalist and aired on HBO and Bravo. Neri wrote, produced, and directed his first independent feature film called A Weekend with Barbara und Ingrid in 1994. He also taught animation and storytelling to inner city teens in Los Angeles with the group Animactio. They produced over 300 films dealing with issues like teen violence, gangs, and drugs. Greg also co-directed the documentary Fa'a Samoa which followed a 15-year-old Samoan gangbanger through the mean streets of Los Angeles. In 1999, Neri began writing and illustrating for kids and in 2004 started writing for teens. His young adult novels, Chess Rumble (2007 Lee & Low), Surf Mules (2009 Penguin Group), and Yummy (2010 Lee & Low) have garnered numerous awards and honors including American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, International Reading Association Young Adults Choice, American Library Association Notable Book, Society of School Librarians International Best Book in the Language Arts, Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and YALSA Top 10 Quick Picks. Neri currently lives off the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and daughter.
Published August 9, 2011 by Candlewick. 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Twelve-year-old Cole has messed up one too many times, and now his mother has taken him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with his father, whom Cole doesn’t know.

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Christian Science Monitor

But his mama has piled Cole into her car in Detroit, and she doesn’t plan to let him out till Philadelphia, where she intends to leave him in his father's care.

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Youth Services Book Review

Readers learn about inner city stables that actually still exist in the inner cities of Philadelphia and Brooklyn, run by Black Cowboys to keep kids out of gangs and to give purpose to their lives.

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