Neri talks about Ghetto Cowboy. Fletcher Street Urban Riders Club. Federation of Black Cowboys. Cowboys in NY. Bill Picket Stables. Cowboys come in Black too! Artist Jesse Watson. Photo essay. Book Tease. Philly Skyline - the neighborhood. LIFE Magazine. Neri on how the story came about. Fletcher St. Urban Riders Club on Facebook. The Telegraph.
New York Times. Philadelphia Weekly. Pennsylvania Equestrian. Wall Street Journal. Cowboy Attitude interview. Strawberry Mansion Equestrian Club. Horses in the Hood. Soon to be a major motion picture!
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Recent photo essay. Neri's fictional take on the childhood friendship of Lee and Capote is both funny and deeply poignant—an utterly charming mystery-adventure that is part Huck Finn, part Anne of Green Gables and part Scooby Doo. It just might become a timeless classic itself. Starred "In a bold but rewarding gambit, Neri imagines the childhood friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote—yet still making it entirely his own. Neri Yummy reimagines this heartwarming, close-knit friendship in a small Southern community that drips with heat and Spanish moss.
I hope you're up for some fun! Middle-grade readers will be touched by their resilience in the face of dark family and societal situations. Neri's homage envisions a deep, rewarding relationship between two children before the literary world knew their names.
It's also a funny, sweet, and heartbreaking read wrapped in a detective story. This is a good one that works on a lot of levels. Read it with your kids. As a child, Truman Capote lived for a several years in Monroeville, Alabama. With his fancy New Orleans clothes and eccentric ways, Tru had a hard time making friends in this small town of the Deep South—until he met Nelle Harper Lee. Nelle was smart, imaginative and she loved detective books, just like he did.
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They were two misfits looking for adventure and struck up a friendship that would last for years. Neri recasts their time together, rearranging events into a single small town mystery worthy of their active imaginations. The result is a flavorful bowl of Southern home-style yarns.
Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee went on to become two of the most heralded writers of the 20th century. Until recently, Nelle had only published one book, but To Kill a Mockingbird has become an enduring classic that won the Pulitzer Prize and sold more than 40 million copies.
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When Truman first spotted Nelle, he thought she was a boy. She was watching him like a cat, perched on a crooked stone wall that separated their rambling wood homes. Barefoot and dressed in overalls with a boyish haircut, Nelle looked to be about his age, but it was hard for Truman to tell — he was trying to avoid her stare by pretending to read his book.
Truman gazed up from the pages.
He straightened his little white suit and wandered slowly past the trellises of wisteria vines and japonica flowers until he came upon the stone wall. Truman was taken aback.
Nelle stared back at him even harder. We didn't have much money. Nobody had any money. We didn't have toys, nothing was done for us, so the result was that we lived in our imagination most of the time. We devised things; we were readers, and we would transfer everything we had seen on the printed page to the backyard in the form of high drama. Did you never play Tarzan when you were a child?
Did you never tramp through the jungle or refight the battle of Gettysburg in some form or fashion? We did.
Did you never live in a tree house and find the whole world in the branches of a chinaberry tree? About riding on those big steamboats where my father worked.
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About tap-dancing while Satchmo and his band played. About all that time. Porchlight podcast interview. School Library Journal - Fuse 8. Interview with Alabama. Walking in Harper Lee's Shoes. Canadian coverage. Article in The Guardian. NYT article on me and the book. Neri and illustrated by Randy duBurke Graphic Novel, ages 10 and up. The story made such an impact that Yummy appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, drawing national attention to the problems of inner city youth in America. Awakened by the tragedy, Roger seeks out answers to difficult questions— Was Yummy a killer or a victim?
Was he responsible for his actions or are others to blame? What Roger learns proves to be a puzzle of contradictions. Some say Yummy was a thug who deserved what he got.
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Others remember a sweet kid that liked candy and watching the Little Rascals. Neighbors blame his abusive parents for turning Yummy into a monster. The media blames the state system that turned him back out onto the streets time and time again.
A much-needed look at the terrifying perils of life on the margins that will have all readers pondering the heady question of moral responsibility. This is a graphic novel that pushes an unsightly but hard to ignore socio-political truth out into the open. Gritty, real, willing to ask tough questions, and willing to trust that young readers will be able to reach their own conclusions. This is a story that needs to be told and it needs to be told to kids.
Better get it while you can.