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 middlegrade 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.
"GHETTO COWBOY is a universal story of finding love where you least expect it, and it connects with a lot of urban kids who have grown up fatherless. It uses a real urban voice that these readers and nonreaders know but rarely see in print: their own" - G. Neri -- Quote A fascinating glimpse of a culture most readers will not have heard of. --Kirkus Reviews Neri's story is original in theme and inspirational in tone and content. --Booklist 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 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 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)