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by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Author)


Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.
Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.
Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father's actions.
Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today's world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.

Ghost Boys

SKU: 9780316262286
$17.99 Regular Price
$15.99Sale Price
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, Bayou Magic, and Towers Falling. She has also written many award-winning books for adults. 

  • ISBN: 9780316262286

    Publisher:    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers  
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pub Date: April 17, 2018

    Target Age Group: 08 to 12

    Pages: 224


    -Death    -Family life
    -Racism    -Police shootings
    -Illinois    -Chicago
    -Till, Emmett    -Chicago (Ill.)
    -African Americans

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