Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    • Grades: 4 - 7
    • Ages: 10 - 13
    • Format: Paperback Book
Short Summary
When 12-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real one, he becomes a ghost and bears witness to the aftermath of his unjust and brutal killing.

Good For:
Critically Acclaimed Bestselling Novel, Heartbreakingly Vivid Storytelling, Fantastical and Gripping Approach to Current Events and Historical Realities, Talking About Racism

Topics and Themes:
Police Violence, Racism in America, Murder of Emmett Till, Ghosts
Some mature content.

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As a ghost, Jerome observes the devastation that’s been unleashed on his family and community—and then he meets another ghost, Emmett Till.

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 connects with Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father’s actions.

A deft weaving of historical and sociopolitical 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.

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Product Details

    • Grades: 4 - 7
    • Ages: 10 - 13
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8" x 0 9/16"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-316-45921-1