• Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes


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, his friend Carlos, and his community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.
  Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey toward 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, social, and political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today’s world – and how one boy, in particular, who never had a chance to grow up, comes to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death. © 218 pages
  Hardcover published in 2018