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Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri

Ghetto Cowboy

by Greg Neri

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4.25. Started reading and didn't stop until the story was done. Compelling characters, story, and history. I want to know more about the history of the real Black Cowboys of Philadelphia (and Brooklyn); yes, a unique part of history that should be celebrated (127). ( )
  margothere.library | Aug 8, 2015 |
I loved the history G. Neri infuses throughout the book, such as learning that slaves who worked with cows were called Cowboys, thus becoming the first to be called by that name. I was surprised to learn that stables 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.

Read more at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/ ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Coltrane is a lost soul, who has just been dumped on his father whom he's never met after his mother can no longer deal with his school truancy and trouble making. His father, Harper, is one who does not know how to care for other, but does for horses. Set in ghetto Philly, Harper teaches Coltrane about what it takes to care for a horse, and in doing so finds what it takes to be a family. ( )
  smheatherly2 | Jun 14, 2013 |
The audiobook was done well. Coltraine hadn't gone to 7th grade for several weeks when the truant officer found his mom. It was the final straw, she drove him from Detroit to Philadelphia to leave him with his dad whom he doesn't know. Harp is a leader of a group that had taken abandoned buildings in North Philly on Chester Street and turned them into a stable, following part of a tradition of urban horsemen. At first, Cole doesn't want anything to do with the horses but he's smitten when he meets Boo. When the city tries to reclaim the land, the group band together to try to protect their land and way of life. Found an article from the New York Times about a story that was really similar with the city cowboys - I had never heard of this before! ( )
  ewyatt | Jun 5, 2013 |
When Cole's mom gets fed up dealing with his skipping school and getting into trouble, she takes him (and leaves him) with his Dad who he hasn't met. Cole can't believe that she would really leave him, or that his Dad is as crazy as he is -- he has a horse living in the house with him! As Cole gets to know his dad and understand the importance and purpose of the horses, he learns being "tough" doesn't mean quite what he thought it did.

I listened to this book on audio and would recommend reading it that way. It is a classic story of a boy who thinks he is tough learning to be truly tough, but set in today's hard streets of Detroit and Philadelphia. ( )
  agrudzien | May 18, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763649228, Hardcover)

A street-smart tale about a displaced teen who learns to defend what's right-the Cowboy Way.

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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.… (more)

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