Ghetto Cowboy

Ghetto Cowboy

Audiobook CD - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2011.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9781455821495
9781455821501
1455821500
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO YA FICTION Neri Greg 12/2011
Characteristics: 4 audio discs (4 hr., 10 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Jackson, J. D.

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LibrarySquare Feb 04, 2016

Cole, a Detroit teen who gets into trouble and skips school, drives his single mother to the edge, so she drives Cole to Philadelphia and drops him off at his father. A man he’s never know. His father saves old race horses from being turned into dog food and uses the horses to keep inner city kids from joining into gang activity. The topic, setting, and main character is what attracts middle school teens – cowboys in the inner city with a cocky teen and realistic black dialogue. I like the strong, black male role model of his father. Teens need heroes. The theme of struggling with rejection and fitting in is one faced by today’s teens. The tale is inspirational, focusing on the importance of doing what's right. Audio book is even better with realistic inflection, tone and pace. The story is based on the time of real inner city cowboys in North Philly.

m2 Sep 18, 2013

JD Jackson does a GREAT job on the audio edition of this street-smart story. Wonderful choice by the Caudil committee! Unfortunately, the title and cover art does not convey the real glory of this piece -- you'll have to help the upper el and middle school kids who'd enjoy this book over the problem of the title. Listen to this one!

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kesha1123
Mar 01, 2013

Culturally rich read that highlights the need for the old adage, "It takes a village." Cole struggles coping with the day-to-day routines of a quintessential urban teen in Detroit and acts out terribly so his mother decides to send him to live with his estranged father who happens to be a urban cowboy in Philly. Within the span of a week Cole and his father, Harper, mend a decade plus of ill-will through their connection to the horses within the dilapidated stables that act as the catalyst for the plot.

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acritics
Nov 19, 2012

Cole starts out as a bit of a punk on a downward spiral towards becoming another statistic. In desperation, his mother drives him from Detroit to Philadelphia and leaves him with the father he has never met. Cole’s Dad is an inner-city horseman, active in running a stable that serves as an anchor for the neighborhood and gives the ghetto kids a place to belong and learn responsibility. Cole transforms from a young man who can envision no future for himself to one who is willing to stand up for what he believes and follows the Cowboy Way. I did find it hard to accept how quickly Cole adapted to working with the horses and learned to ride. But I still loved the story. Now I need to find out more about the real-life Ghetto Cowboys of Philadelphia and Brooklyn!

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