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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. Neri Narrator: J. D. Jackson Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Suddenly, something big and white bumps up against the car, and I jump. I think I must be dreamin’, ’cause I just saw a horse run by.”

When Cole’s mom dumps him in the mean streets of Philly to live with the dad he’s never met, the last thing he expects to see is a horse, let alone a stable full of them. He may not know much about cowboys, but what he knows for sure is that cowboys ain’t black, and they don’t live in the ’hood.

But here, horses are a way of life, and soon Cole’s days of skipping school and getting in trouble in Detroit have been replaced by shoveling muck and trying not to get stomped on. At first, all Cole can think about is how to ditch these ghetto cowboys and get home, but when the city threatens to shut down the stables—and take away the horse that Cole has come to think of as his own—he knows it’s time to step up and fight back.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A heartwarming story about inner-city kids who bond with a band of forgotten race horses…Gritty street language…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.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Boys and their attachment horses haven’t garnered this much attention since the good old days of The Black Stallion. There’s an honesty to Neri’s writing that kids are going to respond to…Definitely recommended for everyone.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Neri’s story is original in theme and inspirational in tone and content.”


  • “A fascinating glimpse of a culture most readers will not have heard of.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 ALA Odyssey Award Honor Audiobook

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abby Johnson | 2/19/2014

    " Not exactly my thing (never got into horse stories, although the urban cowboy thing is pretty cool and a nice differentiation from your typical horse story), but this is a great choice for tweens. I'd hand it to kids looking for a different spin on a horse story or kids looking for age-appropriate street lit. Excellent narration by JD Jackson makes this an appealing listen and the music that starts and ends each disc sets the tone nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathyred | 2/11/2014

    " Great read, starring an African-American youth on the cusp of becoming a statistic who discovers his father and horses. The audiobook was well done "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edward Sullivan | 2/9/2014

    " A wonderful, uplifting story about a young man who makes connections and finds direction in his life when he goes to live with his father in Philadelphia and learns the ways of the inner city cowboy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christina | 1/31/2014

    " Coltrane's mother, frustrated that Cole is in trouble once again for cutting school, drops him off in Philly with his cowboy father whom he has never met. This urban cowboy story is unusual in subject matter but mostly predictable in plotting. Neri's meticulous attention to dialect helps the reader connect with Cole. Best for grades 6-7. "

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