Feenie Ziner

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To avoid [the dangers and pitfalls of ghetto life], Buddy needs exactly the right combination of suspicion and compassion, ambition and discretion….

For the reader unfamiliar with the everyday problems of black urban youth, ["Cool Cat"] can be an eye-opener. Although it relies rather heavily on turns of plot for...

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To avoid [the dangers and pitfalls of ghetto life], Buddy needs exactly the right combination of suspicion and compassion, ambition and discretion….

For the reader unfamiliar with the everyday problems of black urban youth, ["Cool Cat"] can be an eye-opener. Although it relies rather heavily on turns of plot for excitement, "Cool Cat" offers a guided tour through a section of the Other America most young readers know too little about. (p. 8)

Feenie Ziner, in The New York Times Book Review (© 1971 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), August 8, 1971.

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