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Ghost Boys

Written by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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LoveReading View on Ghost Boys

UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019

A powerful short novel that will undoubtedly challenge readers to consider the reality of racism and the Black Lives Matter campaign.

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Ghost Boys Synopsis

A New York Times Bestseller This was one of my most anticipated 2018 books and I was not disappointed. A must read. -Angie Thomas, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give 'tender, timely ... surprising and hopeful' - Observer A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a white police officer, drawing connections with real-life history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. ALIVE Twelve-year-old Jerome doesn't get into trouble. He goes to school. He does his homework. He takes care of his little sister. Then Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. DEAD As a ghost, watching his family trying to cope with his death, Jerome begins to notice other ghost boys. Each boy has a story and they all have something in common... Bit by bit, Jerome begins to understand what really happened - not just to him, but to all of the ghost boys. A poignant and gripping story about how children and families face the complexities of race in today's world.

Ghost Boys Press Reviews

Rhodes achieves a lot in this relatively short book, dealing with grief, history, the idea of biases (both conscious and unconscious) and the fight for justice. This is a beautiful and tragic book that is unfortunately very necessary right now. - BookTrust

A thought-provoking and timely read for children aged 11 and up. - The Good Schools Guide - Chalk & Chat

...heartbreaking. [...] This is a strong book. - The Book Witch

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. -- Matt Long - Reading Zone

This story will absorb you and break your heart. - Read by Jess

This is a must-read book, an opportunity to talk about race, as well as an emotional and involving story. -- Jennifer Harris - Reading Zone - Teacher review

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement comes this novel by an African American writer whose writing has been too long delayed in reaching UK readers [...] a fast-paced and gripping, as well as thought-provoking, read. -- Ann Lazin - Literature & Library Development Manager at CLPE - Research Rich Pedagogies

This is a truly eye-opening story equality and racism. - Scoop

This is one of those books that you love, but it's uncomfortable. It's upsetting and it's disconcerting. You feel helpless and angry. The writing is fantastic [...] -- Victoria Long - Reading Zone - School Librarian Review

A powerful story about police violence in the United States, invoking the real life killings of Tamir Rice and Emmett Till. Jerome's story is a call to action, told unflinchingly but with great humanity. -- Jill Murphy - The Bookbag

This is an incredibly moving and at times harrowing story with unbelievable moments, some sadly based on true events. A thought provoking story for older, mature juniors offering much to discuss. - Primary Times

This is a beautiful and tragic book that is unfortunately very necessary right now. - BookTrust

...the protagonist of Jewell Parker Rhodes's tender, timely Ghost Boys (Orion GBP6.99) - 12-year-old Jerome - dies on page one. Unmoored from life, he switches between the events that led to his death (borrowed toy gun, trigger-happy white police officer) and its surprising and hopeful aftermath. - The Observer New Review

This was one of my most anticipated 2018 books and I was not disappointed. A must read. - Angie Thomas, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

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ISBN: 9781510104396
Publication date: 19/04/2018
Publisher: Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781510104396
Publication date: 19th April 2018
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Publisher: Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers

About Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes grew up in Pennsylvania. She is an author of adult and children's books, a Coretta Scott King Honour award-winner, and a professor of creative writing at Arizona State University. She currently lives in San Jose.

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