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Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

Book - 2018
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"After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316262286
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 21 cm


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After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.

BL: 3- AR Pts: 3 / LEXILE 360 / F&P: N

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Apr 30, 2021

This is a hard book to read through your tears. As soon as 12-year-old Jerome is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago who mistakes Jerome's toy gun for a real one (but that's not the whole story -- keep reading), the tears start flowing. The parallels to the shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio are explicit, although the story is historical fiction.

Jerome makes a friend at school, Carlos, who pulls out a "gun" on the school bullies who attack them in the restroom. It turns out the gun is a fake, a toy, but it looks real. Carlos offers it to Jerome to play with, run around outside his apartment on a beautiful day, pretending and having fun with his little sister outside.

It ends so badly, and at first Jerome can't make sense of it. He begins haunting Sarah, the daughter of the police officer who shot and killed him. She can see him and talk to him and they learn from each other. The ghost of Emmett Till guides Jerome on his journey to discovering how historical racism led to his death and the deaths of so many other ghost boys -- a legion killed because of prejudice and racism.

I especially loved and appreciated how the story ended.

Mar 10, 2021

I really love this book It is really awesome and interesting I will give it 10 stars

Nov 07, 2020

This book was amazing I could not put it down👍.

Nov 03, 2020

I read this book early this morning because I did not have anything to do at 6:45, and it was SUPER good.

KyCCL Jul 26, 2020

Racism is all around us, even if we don’t always see it. This story of Jerome, and the other ghost boys like Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin, will make you think about how you can stand up to racism in the world around you. A perfect read for senior primary- junior secondary readers (Y5-9, 9-14 year olds).

Jul 06, 2020

Ghost boys is a well written story great for discussion, but I still wanted more. I wanted more out of the ghost boys. I wanted more emotion from them, more anger, and more action. Maybe there is more truth in the fact that it is up to us and not them to act.

Feb 03, 2020

This book is super sad.

FPL_Suzanne Nov 11, 2019

A well-written, moving, and engaging book about an all-too common occurrence in our inner cities.

Mar 11, 2019

Jewell Parker Rhodes is a gift. She writes with wisdom, sensitivity, and serious skill. The novel is spare in prose, heavy in dialog. Ghost Boys moves in and out of harder sequences; a gentle offering, and yet determined to be honest with the horror of reality. She does not look away, and neither will you. She lifts the lid on that casket in that next to last chapter. We see the full humanity and horror.

Jerome’s is a beautiful soul. We’ll only know a small corner of its breadth. JPR won’t allow it to be unremembered or even misremembered. Ghost Boys is a novel that will leave a mark. It will inspire curiosity, a desire to learn more about the boys we’ve lost to similar violence— Tamir Rice. Laquan McDonald. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Jordan Edwards. to name very few. Ghost Boys will inspire a desire to join with those who wish for a world where these lives matter.

IndyPL_DeborahM Jan 31, 2019

This book provides a great realistic take on the perspective of a black youth of whom is a victim of racial bias. You would want to read the story again. For ages 10 and up.

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