Talking about the “D” Word: Race, Books, and the Art of Diversity

Greg Neri

Tru & Nelle. HMH, 2016. 336p. $16.99. 978-0-544-69960-1.

Knockout Games. Carolrhoda, 2014. 304p. $17.95. 978-1-4677-3269-7.

Ghetto Cowboy. Candlewick, 2013. 224p. $6.99 Trade pb. 978-0-7636-6453-4.

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty. Lee & Low, 2010. 96p. $16.95 Trade pb. 978-1-58430-267-4.

Photo by Edward Linsmier

Greg Neri is the Coretta Scott King honor-winning author of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his free-verse novella, Chess Rumble. His books include the novels Ghetto Cowboy, Knockout Games, and Surf Mules, and a free-verse picture book biography, Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. His newest is the middle-grade mystery, Tru & Nelle, about the childhood friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote. You can find him online at

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