Ghost Boys
Ghost Boys

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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #160710
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 214 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-26228-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1236-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-26228-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1236-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017019240
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-214).
Word Count: 20,855
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 194391 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.2 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q73250

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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.

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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.



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