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Ghost Boys



by
Jewell Parker Rhodes

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Hachette Book Group
Imprint
Little, Brown
ISBN
9780316262286

Awards and Honors
2019 CBC Children's Choice Book Award Winner, 5th and 6th Grade
2019 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winner, Middle Reader
2019 Walter Award Winner, Younger Readers
2019 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor
2019 Golden Kite Award Honor, Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
ILA Children's Choices - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2018
ALA-CBC Building a Home Library Booklist - 2018
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Violence: Mild Violence
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Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that results. And he meets another ghost from a different time, Emmett Till.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

AR

3: points 3

Lexile

HL360L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

6

JLG Release

Aug 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Booklist*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The Towers Falling author once again tackles a timely yet difficult subject. In Chicago, 12-year-old black youth Jerome is shot and killed by a white police officer who mistakes a toy gun for a real one. As a ghost, Jerome witnesses the aftermath gripping both his family and that of the police officers. Jerome also meets another ghost—that of Emmett Till, a black boy murdered in 1955. Through Till’s story, he learns of the hundreds of other “ghost boys” left to roam and stop history from continually repeating itself. The only person who can see Jerome is the daughter of the white police officer, Sarah, and through her eyes, he realizes that his family isn’t the only one affected by the tragedy. Two families are destroyed with one split decision, and Sarah and Jerome together try to heal both of their families, along with Jerome’s friend Carlos. It was Carlos’ toy gun that Jerome was playing with, leaving Carlos with great guilt and the intense desire to protect Jerome’s little sister, Kim, from bullies and other sorrows. Deftly woven and poignantly told, this a story about society, biases both conscious and unconscious, and trying to right the wrongs of the world. VERDICT Rhodes captures the all-too-real pain of racial injustice and provides an important window for readers who are just beginning to explore the ideas of privilege and implicit bias.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The Towers Falling author once again tackles a timely yet difficult subject. In Chicago, 12-year-old black youth Jerome is shot and killed by a white police officer who mistakes a toy gun for a real one. As a ghost, Jerome witnesses the aftermath gripping both his family and that of the police officers. Jerome also meets another ghost—that of Emmett Till, a black boy murdered in 1955. Through Till’s story, he learns of the hundreds of other “ghost boys” left to roam and stop history from continually repeating itself. The only person who can see Jerome is the daughter of the white police officer, Sarah, and through her eyes, he realizes that his family isn’t the only one affected by the tragedy. Two families are destroyed with one split decision, and Sarah and Jerome together try to heal both of their families, along with Jerome’s friend Carlos. It was Carlos’ toy gun that Jerome was playing with, leaving Carlos with great guilt and the intense desire to protect Jerome’s little sister, Kim, from bullies and other sorrows. Deftly woven and poignantly told, this a story about society, biases both conscious and unconscious, and trying to right the wrongs of the world. VERDICT Rhodes captures the all-too-real pain of racial injustice and provides an important window for readers who are just beginning to explore the ideas of privilege and implicit bias.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

Grades 5-8
Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
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Stories with strong, relatable characters that portray believable contemporary or historical real-life experiences.

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