Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

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 pro Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he obser...

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Author:Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Connor L No I do not think this is an adult book. I personally think this is a 5or 4 grade book. I think it would be better if younger kids read it instead of…moreNo I do not think this is an adult book. I personally think this is a 5or 4 grade book. I think it would be better if younger kids read it instead of young adults. (less)

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  • Abby Johnson
    May 12, 2018
    Can a review just be emojis? Because if so: ??????????????? (More will be coming on my blog. Read this book.) ...
  • Elese
    Mar 06, 2018
    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...
  • Donalyn
    Feb 04, 2018
    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...
  • Emily
    Aug 13, 2018
    A fast middle grade read that packs an emotional wallop. Twelve year old Jerome is shot and killed while playing outside his apartment building by a white police officer. Following his death, Jerome watches his funeral, attends the hearing of the officer who shot him, and discovers ...
  • Alicia
    May 18, 2018
    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...
  • The Reading Countess
    Jun 25, 2018
    Skinny book, big ideas. Jewell Parker Rhodes does it again. Ninth Ward. Towers Falling. Bayou Magic. And now Ghost Boys. She has an uncanny sense of when to float books out into the world. Lyrically written, as we have come to expect from her, this is more than a tale of injusti...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 25, 2018
    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...
  • Jordan Henrichs
    Jul 05, 2018
    I think the content of this feels very didactic but the unique structure of the story (flashbacks to Jerome alive, scenes in the courtroom alternating with scenes of Ghost Jerome interacting with Sarah) hides that for the most part. Jerome spends the majority of the novel confused and ...
  • Emily Dia
    Aug 13, 2018
    This is a masterful middle-grade look at the Ghost Boys...young Black men victimized by police brutality, implicit bias, and racism. The author?s note is not to be missed. ...
  • Denise
    Feb 17, 2018
    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...
  • Jillian Heise
    Jan 17, 2018
    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...
  • Amber
    Mar 17, 2018
    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Apr 27, 2018
    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...
  • Linda
    Mar 21, 2018
    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...
  • Lauren
    Nov 20, 2017
    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...
  • Dianne
    Mar 09, 2018
    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...
  • Amy
    Apr 26, 2018
    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...
  • Jazmen
    Apr 26, 2018
    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...
  • Kate Olson
    Jan 12, 2019
    Incredibly powerful. Ideal for book groups, lit circles etc or class read aloud where there can be teacher-facilitated discussions re racism and police brutality. My recommended ?sweet spot? for this story is grades 6-8. It?s not inappropriate for younger but may need more mediat...
  • Mario
    Oct 23, 2018
    My heart. ...
  • Rachel Harder
    May 30, 2018
    Holy buckets. So powerful. ...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Jun 16, 2018
    Ghost Boys will definitely appeal to fans of The Lovely Bones in its strangely beautiful and sad story of a young boy murdered and trying to understand why, but its infusion of deeper themes including systematic racism and gun violence gives it its own original footing. All too often w...
  • Bobbieshiann
    Jan 16, 2019
    ?People change, but not enough at the same time. Or, maybe, people change, then forget they?ve changed and keep hurting?. ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Jan 01, 2018
    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...
  • Angela
    Apr 24, 2018
    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...
  • Scott Fillner
    Apr 30, 2018
    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...
  • ✧Hessa✧
    Nov 13, 2018
    ?Until skin color doesn?t matter. Only friendship. Kindness. Understanding.? THIS BOOK literally crushed my heart into million pieces , it's so beautifully written and so heartbreaking and heavy to read ?? the main character " Jerome" is a kid who's been shot by the p...
  • Jeweliana
    Apr 26, 2018
    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...
  • Emily
    Jan 16, 2019
    Kind of sad but really interesting and well written, definitely a Newbury contender. ...
  • Miss Nuding C8B
    Sep 09, 2018
    A MUST READ. I've never read a book that has so smoothly and effectively utilized POV to characterize a protagonist and supplementary characters. This book shows readers at every age that it is their duty to stand by what they believe in and use their lives to promote positive change. ...