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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.
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.
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
|Publication date:||19th April 2018|
|Author:||Jewell Parker Rhodes|
|Publisher:||Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
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.More About Jewell Parker Rhodes