Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

The #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick



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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Genre: Children's Books / Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American

On Sale: April 17th 2018

Price: $9.99

Page Count: 224

ISBN-13: 9780316262255

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Praise for Ghost Boys:


The #1 Kids' Indie Next Pick

* "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

* "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

"A timely, challenging book that's worthy of a read, further discussion, and action."—Kirkus Reviews

"Unblinkingly confronts challenging perspectives and the mutability of truth."—Shelf Awareness

Praise for Towers Falling:

"History made personal--and what a person! Deja's voice is real and memorable, her compelling story one of hope unmarred by sentimentality."—Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author

"[A] welcome exploration of the long-ranging costs of 9/11."
The New York Times (covered in multiple pieces about key novels publishing in time for the 15th anniversary of the attacks)

"Rhodes approaches a complex, painful topic with insight and grace, providing context to an event distant to the book's audience."
Publishers Weekly

"This tender retelling of tragedy is a solid vessel to help young
readers understand the gravity of 9/11 and how it touches all
Americans, no matter where we come from. "—Kirkus Reviews

"This is a welcome contribution to children's literature."—School Library Journal

Additional praise and awards for Jewell Parker Rhodes' books:

Ninth Ward was named
a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global
Society, a CCBC Choices pick, a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction pick, an ALSC
Notable Children's Book, an SLJ Best Book of the Year, an IndieBound
Kids' Next List pick, a Parents' Choice Gold Award recipient, and an
NYPL Top 100 Title for Reading & Sharing.

Sugar was a Junior
Library Guild selection, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, an IndieBound
Kids' Next List pick, a Jane Addams Book Award winner, an IRA Top
Chapter Books selection, and a CCBC Choices Pick.
Bayou Magic
was an LA Times summer reading selection and a Center for the Study of
Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books selection.
Towers Falling was
an Indiebound Kids' Next List selection, a Junior Library Guild
selection, one of Amazon's Best Books of the Month, a Notable Social
Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Seventeen Magazine Best Book of the Year, and a Notable Book for a Global Society.