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.
Once again, G. Neri has done what he does best: taken a real-life
scenario and turned it into compelling fiction. Cole's authentic
voice will resonate with readers-it grabbed me right from the start
and wouldn't let me go. An outstanding book! - Coe Booth,
author of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner
The unique subject matter alone makes this a book worth picking up. Cole's heartwarming, heartrending voice, his struggle, and his triumph, make this a book worth reading to the end.-Sundee T. Frazier, author of the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It
Ghetto Cowboy is an exceptional and deeply moving story about a father and son finding their way to each other and a community daring to fight for what they believe in. G. Neri has created a story that ropes us in and saddles us up for a heartwarming ride. - Hope Anita Smith, author of the Coretta Scott King Honor Winner Keeping the Night Watch
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.
-School Library Journal
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.
Coltrane's narration is written in easy-reading colloquial language, making the book a likely sell to reluctant readers and possibility for older readalouds.
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
There's an honesty to the book and to the changes Cole experiences. And while the story itself may contain a happy ending for both boy and horse, that doesn't mean it's an easy ending for either of them...Definitely recommended for everyone.
-A Fuse 8 Production (SLJ blog)
A heartwarming story about inner-city kids who bond with a band of forgotten race horses. . . . The great morality lesson here is not the only beauty of the story. The rhythm of the writing, the smells and sounds of the neighborhood, the developing relationship between a boy and his estranged father add up to an appealing novel, especially for an under-written-for segment of young male readers.
-The Christian Science Monitor