Ghost Boys

Category: Book
By (author): Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.50in x 5.30in
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$ 11.99
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.
An instant New York Times bestsellerAn instant IndieBound bestsellerThe #1 Kids' Indie Next PickA Walter Award winner
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.

Review Quote*Praise for Ghost Boys:
A New York Times BestsellerAn IndieBound BestsellerThe #1 Kids' Indies Next PickA 2018 Nerdies List BookAn ALA 2019 Children's Notables List Pick
Review Quote*"This was one of my most anticipated 2018 books and I was not disappointed. A must read."-Angie Thomas, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
Review Quote** "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."-School Library Journal, starred review
Review Quote** "An excellent novel that delves into the timely topic of racism... with the question of whether or not we really have come far when dealing with race relations."-School Library Connection, starred review
Review Quote*"In writing that's spare and powerful, Rhodes takes us into the hearts and minds of those who are left behind, and then out into a vast and luminous world where ghost boys wander among the living, pursuing their mysterious mission. Rhodes has achieved something remarkable here: a kid's-eye-view of violence and racism that balances innocence and outrage, wrenching loss and hard-won hope."-Chicago Tribune
Review Quote*"A timely, challenging book that's worthy of a read, further discussion, and action."-Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*"[A] potent story that deserves to be read."-VOYA
Review Quote*"Ghost Boys is powerful in prose, and so important at this time. I hope parents will read this book to their children."-The Monitor
Review Quote*"Written important novel."-WCMU Public Radio