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Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

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.
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Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Personal & Social Issues (children's

On Sale: 19th April 2018

Price: £6.99

ISBN-13: 9781510104396

Reviews

...the protagonist of Jewell Parker Rhodes's tender, timely Ghost Boys (Orion £6.99) - 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 is a beautiful and tragic book that is unfortunately very necessary right now.
BookTrust
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
...heartbreaking. [...] This is a strong book.
The Book Witch
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 must-read book, an opportunity to talk about race, as well as an emotional and involving story.
Jennifer Harris, Reading Zone - Teacher review
This story will absorb you and break your heart.
Read by Jess
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 a truly eye-opening story equality and racism.
Scoop
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
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
A thought-provoking and timely read for children aged 11 and up.
The Good Schools Guide - Chalk & Chat
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
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Matt Long, Reading Zone