Fed up with Cole's truancy, his single Mom, who's also dealing with her own problems, drives Cole from their home in Detroit to Philly to live with a father he's never met. Not to mention horses he's never met, or even seen up close. Turns out his father's true vocation is that of an urban cowboy. He loves horses and understands them, rescues ones marked for slaughter, and has the neighborhood kids work in the stables cleaning and caring for the horses responsibly and in turn, keeping the kids off the street, away from gangs and drugs. From his Dad, Cole learns about the Cowboy Code, the honor among people who live their way of life, but from Boo, a horse he saves, he learns what it means to have something depend on him. When the city decides it's time to close down the barn to make way for a more profitable enterprise, it is up to Cole, his Dad and the Cowboy Code to find a way to save it.
Awards nominated: 2014 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Date read: 5/8/2013