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
Branch Call Number: Fiction Rhodes CHILD
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 21 cm

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Twelve year old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes the toy gun Jerome is holding for a real one. After he passes on, Jerome meets another young black ghost named Emmitt Till, and together they struggle with racism through the ages. Along the way they meet a living girl named Sarah.... Read More »

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PimaLib_TeneciaP May 10, 2018

I read this heart-wrenching, powerful, and gripping book in one day! Jerome, a 12 year old Black boy, is shot and killed by a white police officer who mistakes the toy gun he is holding for a real one. As a ghost, Jerome sees what happens to his family, the officer's family, and the community. H... Read More »


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chop7
Mar 10, 2021

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

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Gooddays
Nov 07, 2020

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

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pink_dog_3066
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).

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avieth
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.

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green_frog_2434
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.

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leslie_d_
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.

MsShannon Jan 24, 2019

Black lives matter come to light in this novel from the point of the main character in this novel. Before he was killed by a police office and after. This makes for an interesting take on what it actually feels like for the victim. An intense read that will resonate with you after you finish it.

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green_frog_2434 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 40

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