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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Ghetto Cowboy - G. Neri and Jesse Joshua Watson

Ghetto Cowboy
G. Neri (Author)

Jesse Joshua Watson (Illustrator)

Candlewick
ISBN 9780763649227


This book was an excellent read. It is based on real black urban riders. It is the story of family, friends and values. In part it is about sticking up for what you believe in, and it is a coming of age story. Cole, our protagonist, is a troubled young man. His mother does not know how to handle or help him any more so she takes him to Philadelphia and drops him off with his father whom he has never met.

The story is extremely well written, with strong characters, and the plot has a great pace. The illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson are great; they give the book a feel; they help set you in the place of the story. Throughout the book is a mix of full page illustrations and partial page ones with text over the page. This book is well worth reading both for youth and with them. Both Neri and Watson have crafted a first-rate read.

(Note: I received an electronic galley of this book through NetGalley, courtesy of Candlewick. The book was read on my Kobo eReader. As per my general disclaimer, free books have no impact on my review.)

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