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Bull Rider

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  516 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
All it takes is eight seconds....

Cam O'Mara, grandson and younger brother of bull- riding champions, is not interested in partaking in the family sport. Cam is a skateboarder, and perfecting his tricks -- frontside flips, 360s -- means everything until his older brother, Ben, comes home from Iraq, paralyzed from a brain injury.

What would make a skateboarder take a di
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2009)
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Jacqueline Garlick
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book. Fabulous topic. Daring exploration of human condition. An extremely well-written, heart-tugging tale. Smiles.
Jan 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: guy-books
When you've read a lot of YA, it can be hard to review a book like "Bull Rider." Some kids will really like this one. The rural setting, the skateboarding, and the consequences of war will go over well with a certain type of reader. The language and content is squeaky clean, yet the conflicts are real and effective, so middle school or high school readers could get something out of it. Our narrator's voice is clear and honest. As a resident of Nevada, I really appreciated Williams' attention to ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the book Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams. This book is about the family O'Mara, which has three championship bull riders: Cam’s brother, his Dad, his Grandpa, his mom, and his little sister and then theres Cam. Cam doesn’t ride bull, he likes to ride skateboard. His brother goes to Iraq to help fight in the war. But something goes very wrong when he over there. Ben gets hit by a bolt in the head and has bad head injuries. So Cam is thinking about ride the bull, Ugly, and if he can f ...more
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult, own
This book introduces me to Bull Riding. Same as Cam, I also first thought that only crazy adrenaline junkie will do this kind of sport. I realy love the details about bull riding, ranch living, cowboy, and also war through the yes of ordinary people. We saw war news everyday on TV. It seems faraway and disconnected with our life. Sometimes it's also easy to just point finger at USA to blame for meddling and starting the Iraq war....However when you become a witness, soldier or the family of the ...more
Abdon Ortiz
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was not based on a true story but it was a great book in my opinion. The author can mostly explain some details of the book but has good info.

I am not going to really spoil the book but I will try my best to not. The book mostly tells of how someone can change from one hobby to a hobby that you're way better at. A boy who is skateboarder goes into an accident which mostly he can not skateboard no more goes to bull riding into being a champion. This book in the beginning starts getting
Joanna Marple
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For ages 10-14, though I believe this is a book that will be appreciated by many adults. Paradoxically this is a book full of teenage action (from skateboarding to the bull ring) and yet it is a book that makes you want to pause frequently and listen to the deeper message. It opens up the small-town world and the relationship of two Nevada brothers. Cam, the adolescent skateboarder, has always left the family bull-riding tradition to others braver or more foolish than he, and Ben, a marine, retu ...more
May 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: grades 7-9
Recommended to Sarah by: 7/8 list
Skateboarding is Cam’s passion; on the other hand, bull riding is his family’s passion (well, everyone except his mom). Cam’s grandpa, father, and older brother have all won awards for their bull riding abilities, but Cam wants nothing to do with it…that is, until his brother Ben returns from the Iraq war with a severe head injury and an amputated arm, no longer able to ride a bull.

Ben’s recovery is slow-going but the family tries to keep a positive attitude. However, as Ben’s progress slows, Be
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cam O'Mara, grandson and younger brother of bull riding champions, is not interested in carrying out the family name in bull riding. He is rather more interested in skateboarding and perfecting his tricks. But all of that will change when his older brother Ben decides to trade in his cowboy hat for a helmet and a rifle and goes to war.

Cam gets terrible news about Ben and he is coming home from the war early. Cam believes that Ben is not hurt too bad and he will be fine and soon hopes to see hi
Katy Jane
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
1. I could completely see the settings in my head. They were so vivid and real.
2. The characters became people I knew and Cam's friends and family were my friends and family. They were believable and lovable.
3. I cried when the neighbors and friends helped build Ben's room. The camaraderie of the community was so beautiful to me.
4. This is my second book I've read about bull riding and it's becoming a very interesting subject to me.
5. Lali dressing her goat up was so cute and funny.
6. Speakin
Leah M
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read it alot before and every time its awesome!
Jesus Jimenez
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The book that I choose to read for these 9 weeks was Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams and is about a boy named Cam and his family the O’Maras. I would say that this book is a pretty interesting and emotional book but I thought that this book was gonna be better than I thought. I am not saying that this book is bad at all I’m just saying that after I read the caption of the book I thought this book was gonna be one of the best I’ve read but it wasn’t. I would still recommend this book to any ...more
Lane Douglass
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
My book was good but it wasn't great. I liked it because it had skateboarding and bull riding in it. I didn't like it because it was confusing and kinda hard to read. Overall it was a good book, It had good characters and I really liked the little brother. The book was about a kid that loved skateboarding and his older brother loved bull riding and a bunch of people wanted the little brother to start bull riding. Cam is the little brother and people want Cam to ride a bull for eight seconds and ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from start to finish! Suzanne has written a book to keep the interest of any child or adult but I think it will especially speak to boys. It has deep family connections and doesn't shy away from difficult topics. No dogs or parents are killed in this book and the story line if first rate.
Wade Bradford
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My only criticism: I want MORE NOVELS written by SUZANNE MORGAN WILLIAMS!
Isaiah Fair
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was well composed and kept me entertained for the whole time that I was reading. It was an interesting plot based in a very original storyline.
This is another of the Missouri Truman Award Nominees from the 2011-12 school year. The story is told from the point of view of Cam. Cam's brother, Ben, has just returned from the war in Iraq, and he is suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and has lost part of his arm. Ben was once a great bull rider. Now he is just an injured soldier who is nothing like his formal self. Cam struggles with many parts of Ben's return.

I liked the way the author brought up the topic of TBI. This is one of
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Cam O'Mara, a fourteen year old boy, and his family go through a traumatic crisis that will change their lives forever. The book “Bull Rider,” by Suzanne Morgan Williams, talks about a boy named Cam who loves to skateboard. But, it's in his blood to Bull Ride. Cam and his family live in a small town called Salt Lick City on a ranch where a huge pile of salt stands. People use the salt and their told it will give them good luck. But, then Cam's mom overuses the salt and bad things begin to happe
Bookish Delights
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Powerful. Poignant. Uplifting. Emotional. Beautiful. Told with authenticity and sincerity, Bull Rider makes a very bold statement that will last much longer than the requisite eight seconds in bull riding. Suzanne Morgan Williams is truly a masterful storyteller when it comes to understanding and capturing the dynamics of a family, especially when faced with hardships. Never taking away from the honor, dignity, and bravery of serving one’s country, Bull Rider provides a touching and impeccably r ...more
The Short Version:
Realistic and holding strong tones of family bonds, Bull Rider easily straddles the line between younger and older YA. Centered around a fourteen year old boy, it reads in an easy way for a younger crowd while still holding all the emotions of an older one. Blending light and deep, and using bull riding and skateboarding to bring the characters to life, Bull Rider makes for a quick but memorable read.

The Extended Version:
Cam is a very easy character to like, loyal to his family
Dec 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, kid-lit, 2010, contemp, own
In the small town of Salt Lick, Nevada Cam O'Mara knows how to do two things real well. One is how to work cows on his family's ranch and the other is skateboarding. Which is a bit unusual since everyone in Salt Like knows that the O'Mara family is famous for turning out champion bull riders like Cam's Grandpa Roy and his older brother, Ben. But skateboarding is Cam's passion and nothing can change that. That is until his larger-than-life older brother returns home from his tour in Iraq with sev ...more
Giuseppe C
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summary of novel:
Cam O'mara is Ben little brother. In the beginning Ben is in the War, and he also rides bulls. when he is at home he rides when he is at the war he is fighting. One day when Cam is at school his brother got blown up in an explosion. so his parent went to go and check on Ben and he's doing ok. then Cam wanted to ride a bull a few days later, and when he got home his mom yelled at him. Now Cam is starting to be a pro at riding bulls. when his older brother is watching him.

Main ch
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did wonder, initially, how I was going to connect with this book - not knowing anything about Bull Riding, or caring much about Skate Boarding, and not coming from Nevada, or even the United States. However, I do know 14 year old boys, and however much they try to hide it with grunts and bad haircuts, there are sensitive hearts and undeveloped amygdalas making their lives very confusing and difficult to navigate. Especially when other family stuff is going on - and other stuff is often going o ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A boy named Cam O'mara had to become a bull rider so he could help his family pay the hospital bills for his brother that got his arm blown off and was paralyzed in the army. He didn't know how to ride a bull but his whole family had been filled with bull riders. So his grandpa would take him down to the arena and let him practice on riding bulls but his grandpa didn't know what Cam had planned. Cam was gonna ride a bull named Ugly and he was gonna win $15,000 so he could help his family. So whe ...more
Lindsay Paige
Nov 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a good read
The book is told through Cam O’Mara (I love that last name). Cam is a fifteen year old boy born into a bull riding family. Grandpa Roy rode, Dad wrote, and his brother Ben rode. Cam has no interest in bull riding; he’ll leave that for his brother. But Ben is in the Marines and he gets injured. That’s when everything changes.

Cam loves to skateboard with his friend Mike, but with news of his brother, Cam doesn’t know what to think. Cam loves Ben and you can easily tell. He’s worried about him, con
Erin Forson
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bull Rider
by Suzanne Morgan Williams
Before I tell you about this book, let me hit you with some numbers. There have been 5,308 American soldiers killed in the war in Iraq and Afghanastan (see pictures here) Literally hundreds of those who have died were teenagers. That means that you would have to empty New Caney High School 2 and times to equal the number of American casualties from the war. Can you see all of those people in one place? There have bee
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Bull rideris an amizing book .Yhere are parts in that book that will put you on the edge of your seat . There are parts in the book that will make you cry and feel sad.The main cerictors ate the o'maras 1st Cam 2nd Ben 3rd Dad 4th Mom 5th grandma Gean 6th grampa .There family live on a ranch in salt lick. The auther Suzanne morgan williams lets the omaras speak their piece on war and sacrifive,family,loyalty and courage.they reveal what it means to live in the hart of modern west. There are alou ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

BULL RIDER by Class of 2K9 author Suzanne Morgan Williams offers a unique combination of topics - rodeo bull riding and the Iraq War.

Young Cam O'Mara comes from a ranching, bull riding family, but his interest leans more toward skateboarding. Bull riding has never really held any attraction for him, at least until now.

The O'Mara family gets the dreaded news that their oldest son, Ben, has been wounded while fighting in Iraq - and li
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars

Cam O'Mara's family has a history of bull riding, but he thinks you would have to be crazy to get on one of those animals and prefers to stay on his skate board. But when his brother, Ben, returns home from Iraq, injured from an IED, Cam would do anything for him. Even if it means getting on the one bull no one has riden and fifteen thousand dollars being offered to the first one who can stay on for a full 8 seconds.

When I saw the cover, I was intreged. When I heard what it was about,
Mary Beth
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Cam, the middle child of a ranching family, has always felt second to his older brother, Ben. Ben was born first. Ben won the state high school rodeo championship. Ben kept the O'Mara family legacy of bull riding alive while Cam became a skateboarder. Ben went to serve his country, as a Marine, overseas and received all of their mother's worry. Now, Ben is home and taking up all of his parent's attention because he has to recover from the loss of an arm, learn to walk again (hopefully), cope wit ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cam O’Mara comes from a long line of bull riders: older brother, father, grandfather. But he took a good look at the bucking bulls and decided he’d rather get his thrills from perfecting his skateboard tricks. Then his older brother Ben comes home from Iraq after running into an improvised explosive device. Ben is missing part of his arm and struggling with traumatic brain injury. Cam is shocked by the changes in the older brother he always looked up to. Now Cam is looking for a way to bring bac ...more
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Suzanne Morgan Williams is author of Bull Rider, a new novel for kids aged 10 and up, and many non-fiction books for children. Bull Rider is a Junior Library Guild Selection and represented Nevada at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. It is the story of a 14 year old Nevada ranch kid who, when his champion bull rider brother comes home from the war in Iraq with life changing injuries, t ...more
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