Neri, Greg.Watson, Jesse Joshua,Ghetto Cowboy: A Novel. The illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson are great; they give the book a feel; they help set you in the place of the story. It is inspired by the real-life urban black horsemen of North Philadelphia and the Brooklyn-Queens area. Waiting until it gets closer to the release date to read Ghetto Cowboy. Elba will produce ‘Ghetto Cowboy’ with his Green Door Pictures production company. Also, I normally do not bring my audio books inside, but with this one I had to because I didn't want to stop. Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 10-12; Recommended For: Teens, ages 12-15 Ghetto cowboy : a novel / by G. Neri ; illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson. Pic is also inspired by the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri. The setting of the story takes place in an urban, rundown neighborhood of Philadelphia. A teenager discovers the world of urban horseback riding when he moves in with his estranged father in North Philadelphia. It's a gripping read for readers of any age, and if you're a writer working on your voice, Ghetto Cowboy is a book you definitely want to read as G. Neri is all about nailing the voice of his protagonist Witness how he writes Cole (short for Coltrane, naturally) as a genuine character who says the things Cole would say the way he would say them (but without all the swearing I imagine he might include if this were YA instead of MG): Ordinarily, I would not pick up a novel with the word 'ghetto' in the title. We’d love your help. Though this first person account features a hardened kid from the city living within earshot of nightly gang violence, Ghetto Cowboy is a novel of hope and possibility. When Cole's mother dumps him in Philadelphia with his father, a father he has never met, he is left to figure things out on his own. And after we finished, several of them checked it out from the library. Based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, the story follows Cole (Caleb McLaughlin) a teenaged boy who has been sent to live with his estranged father Harp (Idris Elba). Maybe it hasn't because you haven't had the pleasure yet. I was enthralled by Coltrane and his coming of age story. (Where is the special nickname for rich, white neighborhoods?) The voice of the narrator would suggest that it is for middle school aged kids, particularly black kids. Ghetto Cowboy moves at a great pace and everything fits together very well. Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. My students begged me to read more everyday. Urban cowboys gained increased visibility this summer as many urban cowboy groups turned up at protests across the country, a seemingly incongruous spectacle that is actually rooted in a long history of Black … It is a great story of community building and of the therapeutic effect of animals and of the history of black cowboys.” - Richie Partington, RichiesPick“This book was an excellent read. Refresh and try again. Instead of furniture, there’s even them square things of hay to sit on. Excellent narration by JD Jackson makes this an appealing listen and the music that starts and ends each disc sets the tone nicely. It’s also a perfect book for reading aloud. Its so good. This item is available to borrow from 1 library branch. Overall, the story unfolded an important message of standing up for your beliefs and community as well as family. They’ll discover a book that speaks to them. Directed by Philly filmmaker Ricky Staub, who cowrote the script with business partner Dan Walser, Ghetto Cowboy is based on author Greg Neri’s award-winning novel of the same name. Ghetto Cowboy by G Neri available in Trade Paperback on Powells.com, also read synopsis and reviews. Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs Based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, Concrete Cowboy is a boy-and-his-horse coming of age tale set within the world of urban horsemanship. Cole and his father are strong characters, Neri does a fantastic job of sucking you in, keeping you reading, and wondering what would happen next to this 12 year old protagonist due to his immature decision making. 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. Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs But here, Esteemed Reader, is G. Neri and his new classic, Ghetto Cowboy. Well in this book Cole is one, but only worse. Neither of these are the fault of this novel's author or illustrator, but I feel wary of the assumptions made about the audience for the book, especially when the title is combined with the cover illustration that shows a twelve-year-old who looks like a grown man. Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs 224 pages. 3/05/2011 7:44 PM I loved Watson's illustrations, they added a nice dimension to the story.” – Happy Nappy Bookseller “Neri’s story is… a fascinating and unique tale with a diverse cast of characters and a real sense of community. The book a likely sell to reluctant readers and possibility for older readalouds-- It’s got broad application and considerable appeal.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Richie's Picks: “GHETTO COWBOY is the coming of age story of [a boy called] Coltrane and the fiery old racehorse he names Boo. When Cole’s mom dumps him in mean streets of Philly 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. Neri lives in Tampa, Florida. 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. I wish Neri's novel Surf Mules got more attention. Let’s say they want a folktale about a girl outwitting a witch. However, there is not a kid that age I know that would enjoy the story in the least. This book is charming and sweet and a fun read. I have many thoughts and feelings about the word, the most prominent being that a ghetto is a neighborhood, full-stop, so why are we treating them differently from neighborhoods that have a lot more money? Neri, G. Ghetto Cowboy. “When gangs took over the [abandoned public land in Philadelphia] and the neighborhood took a turn for the worse, horses became a way of saving lives. Wherever it comes from, though, it’s worth it in the end. In 2020, the book (re-titled Concrete Cowboys ) … In 2017, he was awarded a National Science Foundation grant that sent him to Antarctica. Navigate; Linked Data; Dashboard; Tools / Extras; Stats; Share . A novel by G. Neri . Somerville, Mass. I know that I love a book when I am listening to the audio book and I don't want to get out of my car. Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs Jesse Joshua Watson’s realistic pencil and graphite wash illustrations combine with Neri's gritty street language to make a powerful story. I would've liked to have seen more about the history of black cowboys and how the stables in Philly came about, but I suppose that's what actual history is for as opposed to a middle grade novel. Services . 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