Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

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"After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316262286
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rho
Description: 214 pages ; 21 cm


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A 12-year-old boy's ghost, whose life was ended at the hands of a police officer, must come to understand all that has happened to him, his family, and his community in the wake of his tragic death.

After a police officer shoots and kills 12-year-old Jerome, Jerome's ghost stays nearby and meets other ghost boys from the past, including Emmett Till.

When 12-year-old Jerome is shot and killed by a police officer, he joins the “ghost boys,” young men killed in acts of bigotry who try to stop history from repeating.

After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.

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CRRLTeens Oct 02, 2018

After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.

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KyCCL Jul 26, 2020

Racism is all around us, even if we don’t always see it. This story of Jerome, and the other ghost boys like Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin, will make you think about how you can stand up to racism in the world around you. A perfect read for senior primary- junior secondary readers (Y5-9, 9-14 year olds).

Jul 06, 2020

Ghost boys is a well written story great for discussion, but I still wanted more. I wanted more out of the ghost boys. I wanted more emotion from them, more anger, and more action. Maybe there is more truth in the fact that it is up to us and not them to act.

Feb 03, 2020

This book is super sad.

Dec 09, 2019

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 on the head, or pulling down his pants. Jerome has no friends, and eats his lunch in a bathroom, locker room or supply closet - hiding out alone.

That is, until Carlos arrives. Carlos is the new kid in school and Jerome unwillingly ends up showing him the ropes to avoid the bullies. But when they are discovered in a boy's bathroom eating lunch, Carlos pulls a gun on the bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike. Not realizing it's a toy gun, the bullies back down.

Carlos gives the gun to Jerome. He doesn’t really want it, but takes it anyway. One day, he is allowed to go out and play and he takes the toy gun with him. Jerome is playing an imaginary game of good guy/bad guy in a rundown park when police arrive. An officer shoots him in the back when he tries to run away.

Jerome is killed on the spot. The officer claims he had no choice but to shoot, that he thought Jerome was bigger, older and had a real gun, and despite shooting him from his patrol car, he said he feared for his life.

The chapters switch between Jerome's real life when he was alive and his life now, as a ghost. He is privy to seeing things he never would have seen when he was alive. Jerome goes to his home and observes what life is now like for his – family. He also finds himself in the bedroom of Sarah the daughter of the police officer who shot him.

Jerome is learning about what happened to him and about the aftermath. He must face racism head on. He encounters other ghost boys from as far back as 1955 who help him along his way.

Even though this book sounds horribly depressing, the author leaves the reader with a reason to hope that change is possible. Read to find out who the agent of change becomes for Jerome, and how you too can be such an agent.

FPL_Suzanne Nov 11, 2019

A well-written, moving, and engaging book about an all-too common occurrence in our inner cities.

Mar 11, 2019

Jewell Parker Rhodes is a gift. She writes with wisdom, sensitivity, and serious skill. The novel is spare in prose, heavy in dialog. Ghost Boys moves in and out of harder sequences; a gentle offering, and yet determined to be honest with the horror of reality. She does not look away, and neither will you. She lifts the lid on that casket in that next to last chapter. We see the full humanity and horror.

Jerome’s is a beautiful soul. We’ll only know a small corner of its breadth. JPR won’t allow it to be unremembered or even misremembered. Ghost Boys is a novel that will leave a mark. It will inspire curiosity, a desire to learn more about the boys we’ve lost to similar violence— Tamir Rice. Laquan McDonald. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Jordan Edwards. to name very few. Ghost Boys will inspire a desire to join with those who wish for a world where these lives matter.

IndyPL_DeborahM Jan 31, 2019

This book provides a great realistic take on the perspective of a black youth of whom is a victim of racial bias. You would want to read the story again. For ages 10 and up.

MsShannon Jan 24, 2019

Black lives matter come to light in this novel from the point of the main character in this novel. Before he was killed by a police office and after. This makes for an interesting take on what it actually feels like for the victim. An intense read that will resonate with you after you finish it.

Jan 16, 2019

Racial bias, unintentional or not, within a police force is a serious issue, as well as a complex one. This was a well-done book that is appropriate for 6th/7th graders, depending upon your/their tolerance for violence. It's not overly graphic, but it could be disturbing for children who have had no exposure to the fact that children their age are victims of violence at the hands of adults & even police officers. (Not to say that they shouldn't read it) It's also a good book to start having some harder conversations with white children as to the history of our country as it relates to how blacks, especially young black boys, have been treated.

Jerome is a good kid living in a poor neighborhood in Chicago. He is shot by a police officer who thought the gun in his hand was real, rather than the toy that it was. The story looks at how this event impacts not only Jerome's family, as he watches over them as a ghost, but the officer's family as well. Jerome also learns he's not alone, as he's joined by the ghost of Emmett Till, a non-fictional boy Jerome's age, who was killed in Mississippi in 1955. It's a moving story and very well done. Highly recommended.

Nov 07, 2018

Taking me less than 24-hours to finish, 'Ghost Boys' is an easy read and was immediately a favorite. Rhodes interpretation of this fictional narrative of a Black teenage boy shot by a White cop is realistic, descriptive, and heart-provoking, and will leave readers of all ages asking themselves questions about current race relations and reactions.

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