Ghetto Cowboy

Readers Advisory

By the same author:  G. Neri (Greg)
Neri, G.  Chess rumbleBranded a troublemaker due to his anger over everything from being bullied to his sister’s death a year before, Marcus begins to control himself and cope with his problems at home and at his inner city school when an unlikely mentor teaches him to play chess.  (NoveList)

Realistic Fiction:  Horses
Giff, Patricia Reilly.   Wild girl.  When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.  (NoveList)

Realistic Fiction:  African-American boys
Bledsoe, Lucy Jane.  The big bike raceErnest Peterson’s hopes of winning the Washington, D.C., Citywide Cup bicycle race are shattered when his grandmother gives him a huge, clunky, yellow bike for his tenth birthday.  (NoveList)

Realistic Fiction:  father and son
Myers, Walter Dean.  The dream bearer.  During a summer in Harlem, David relies on his mother and a close friend and on an old man he meets in the park to help him come to terms with his father’s outbursts and unstable behavior.  (NoveList)

Talbert, Marc.  Pillow of cloudsAngry at being forced to decide which of his divorcing parents will get custody of him, Chester is further burdened with guilt feelings about the parent he is leaving behind.  (NoveList)

Yelchin, Eugene.  Breaking Stalin’s noseIn the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.  (NoveList)

Character-driven:  fast-paced
Clements, Andrew. The jacketAn incident at school forces sixth grader Phil Morelli, a white boy, to become aware of racial discrimination and segregation, and to seriously consider if he himself is prejudiced.  (NoveList)

Myers, Walter Dean.  Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and StuffNew to 116th Street in New York, a young boy soon makes friends and begins a year of unusual experiences.  (NoveList)

Character-driven: moving
Applegate, Katherine.  Home of the braveKek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother.  (NoveList)

Collier, Kristi. Jericho wallsIn 1957, when her preacher father accepts a post in Jericho, Alabama, Jo wants to fit in but her growing friendship with a black boy forces her to confront the racism of the South and to reconsider her own values.  (NoveList)

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  Bud, not Buddy.  Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.  (NoveList)

Smith, Hope Anita.   Keeping the night watchA thirteen-year-old African American boy chronicles what happens to his family when his father, who temporarily left, returns home and they all must deal with their feelings of anger, hope, abandonment, and fear.  (NoveList)

Woodson, Jacqueline.   Peace, Locomotion.  Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as “Locomotion,” keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War.  (NoveList)

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