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Ghost Boys
Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes
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. 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 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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madamereadsalot1
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I am devastated after reading this book. It is too heavy. I know, have known, of this injustice. I have been saddened. But this book, the perspective, it was brutal. I am so thankful my 10 year old read it & was so moved that he insisted I read it too. It took me 2 hours to read it. Through tear & snot filled sobs, I got through it. I'm not the same as when I started. I wish there were no willful ignorance & hate. I wish everyone would read this.

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Jasxnicole
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I‘m so glad I gave this a chance. Although following Jerome on his journey was heartbreaking and felt too close to home in terms of the reality we live in today, the addition of having him interact with not only Emmett Till and other victims of race-related violence, but the daughter of the officer that took his life gave this a new perspective.

Much like The Hate U Give and Dear Martin, this was such an important read, just in a tinier package.

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Jager
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The book was great. Twelve yea old Jerome was shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real one. As a ghost he he noticed the devastation that has been unleashed on his family. Jerome meets another ghosts his name is Emmett. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened. I would give this book a 8/10 if you like exiting books and adventure and about equal rights this is a good book for you

MissYaremcio Great review Jager! I think I need to read this one!! Remember to include all elements of the post next time (you were missing the tone of the book)! 2mo
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Daisey
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One of my students finished this yesterday and another wants to read it. I snagged it in between and promised to read quickly. It‘s fairly short, keeps from describing events too graphically, yet makes a powerful statement. This a book I can easily recommend to my rural middle school students for a perspective very different from their own but important for them to see. I only wish there‘d been a bit more about Emmett Till.

#middlegrade #TRS2019

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Beautifully written and utterly heart wrenching. It‘s not hard to imagine that black boys and men who‘ve been killed at the hands of white people would want to stay close to those who can stop the horror. Jerome is a sweet MC, and I also liked how the author worked in the history of this topic, including Emmett Till.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
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BarbaraTheBibliophage p.s. Some people believe that when orbs like those in the background image show up in a photo, they‘re actually spirits of the dead. Seemed fitting. 5mo
TrishB That sounds heart breaking 💔 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TrishB Yes, and she does a good job of all the feelings. 5mo
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TrishB Have stacked 😪 5mo
Cinfhen So exciting to see so many powerful middle school reads ‼️♥️ 5mo
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natalieebloom
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Okay, so I may or may not have read this entire book in a single two-hour sitting... Super powerful, compelling story. The parallels to Emmett Till were fascinating, and the book definitely had a good theme/moral without being too in-your-face about it. I can‘t wait to teach this novel in the fall! (Plus... absolutely NO LANGUAGE. Teacher‘s dream.)

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Abby2
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So sad but really important. Easy to read but no pulled punches. It tells the story of a black boy wrongfully shot. The perspectives of most participants are shared. It covers the historical perspective and suggests hope for the future.

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Purplerosiepage
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Sad. Impactful. Important.

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ElizaMarie
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It was super quick but so powerful. I‘m glad I randomly downloaded it :)

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Powerful middle-grade read. Rhodes builds a world in which Jerome, a black boy shot and killed by a white police officer, becomes a ghost who joins thousands of other ghost boys, other black boys killed by violence. The author alternates between Jerome "Alive" and Jerome "Dead," depicting both the events leading up to his murder and his attempts to help those he's left behind. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Joined by the ghost of Emmett Till, Jerome witnesses the pain of his family and builds a relationship with Sarah, the daughter of the police officer who killed him. Both heart breaking and hopeful, Ghost Boys provides a brilliant commentary on current events that would be an appropriate, if tough, read for middle schoolers. 8mo
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R.L.Walker
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My students selected my next read!!

LibrarianJen I love everything about that sentence! 💖 9mo
SarahBradley This book is so well done. Brought me to tears. 9mo
staci.reads I love that you let them choose! 9mo
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alexs.book.club
Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes

So at my school we have a book program called Troybery award. We choose 32 books and the whole district of middle grade schools vote for which ones they liked best by using brackets. Since I‘m running out of characters to type in this blurb I will be posting a comment of the books🙃

alexs.book.club 1. Winter house by Ben Guterson (adventure mystery)
2. Ghost boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (real. Fiction)
3. Small Spcaes by Katherine Arden(horror)
4. Nightbooks by J. A. White (horror)
5. Ambrose Deception by Emily Eaton (mystery)
6. Midnight in the piazza by Tiffany Parks (mystery)
7. Fade-away by Maura Ellen Stokes (real. Fiction)
8. The Parker Inheritance by Vatican Johnson (mystery)
9. Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith (real. Fiction)
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Jasxnicole
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Yesterday‘s library haul 📚😁

Not sure how I‘m going to tackle this stack yet, but I‘ve been looking forward to finally starting these for a while now.

#popsugarreadingchallenge #aty2019

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makingitupdaily
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This is the kind of book you read with a lump in your throat the whole time. This is a raw story that begs to be heard and is incredibly relevant. Hard to read but worth it.

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ErinC
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My first read for #24in48 was amazing. Such a powerful book. I can‘t cry because I just had lasik but I would‘ve been a blubbering mess in this one! I highly recommend for middle grades, YA, and adults. @24in48

rwmg Does lasik make it impossible to cry or do you have to restrain yourself? 10mo
ErinC @rwmg my eyes are just super dry right now. I have to do drops at least hourly. I assume once it all is fully healed I‘ll be able to cry again! 10mo
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jenniferajanes
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This is a fast read, but it‘s not an easy one. Rhodes handles the subject matter well and offers resources for further study. I think everyone should read this book. I intend to encourage my teenage daughters to read it so we can continue discussions about how we should treat others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#Booked2019 - 18. Diverse Middle Grade

Cinfhen Nice review!! 10mo
jenniferajanes @Cinfhen Thanks! It‘s a great book! 10mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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This Middle School novel about a young African American boy who is killed and learns to navigate the afterlife with the help of Emmett Till is a great read.

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poohsmom1
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Just started this book. Looks like it will be a great read.

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 9mo
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ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! :) 9mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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My goodness. What a powerful story. Racism and prejudice is still alive in America, despite what some say. “Countless Of teens and young men have died because of conscious or unconscious racism.. their deaths criminalized black boys as children. It is tragic that adults, who are meant to protect children, instead betray a child‘s innocence. One death impacts us all. “

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Peaceful_Reader
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“How small I look. Laid out flat, my stomach touching ground. My right knee bent and my brand-new Nikes stained with blood.”

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Chelsibno
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I had read several of Jewell Parker Rhodes‘s historical fiction books focused on young girls, so I knew she was a hard-hitting author. But, this book knocked it way out of the park! It was a fast read, since I couldn‘t put it down and each chapter is short but powerful. Focusing on major issues, notably the Black Lives Matter Movement, the book sheds light on the past, holds a mirror up to our present, and sends out a hopeful plea for our future.

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mrsmarch
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The reason you pick up the free parenting magazine

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JAMZ
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So, so incredible. I picked this up without reading what it was about, and oh my god - just what an emotional wallop. So good, this is a book that everyone needs to read to understand what prejudice and racism DOES. Is 2018 so different from 1955? Let‘s work to make it better.

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moarbookspleaze
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This is a quick (it‘s middle grade fiction) yet powerful read.

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moarbookspleaze
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My sister-in-law sent me this book as a surprise!

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iamtoddseal
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Rhodes delicately handles the shooting death of Jerome, a black kid killed by a white cop. I like seeing the nuances, the grief of both sides as a sign of growth and progress. Though it may be too little too late, complexity is important to acknowledge. Adding details of Emmett Till‘s death gives this some weight, the reality of that grim situation making all the ghost boys‘ stories more real. “Last Words” hit me harder than I would‘ve imagined.

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iamtoddseal
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“I shouldn‘t be dead. I shouldn‘t.”

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Lmstraubie
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Another important #middlegrade novel.

Tamra Want to read! 1y
Lmstraubie @Tamra Easily done in one sitting - hard to put down! 1y
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biblio_ginger
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I hope I make it to 24 hours!!!!

LitDrivenGirl YOU CAN DO IT! 1y
biblio_ginger @LitDrivenGirl time is against me 😔 1y
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Eggs
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"Dedicated to the belief that we can all do better, be better, live better. We owe our best to each and every child."
Both haunting and inspiring

ReadZenRites That‘s an awesome quote. 💕 1y
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minniermouse
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Get your hands on this as soon as possible. Read it. Read it again. (This recommendation brought to you in conjunction with my trusty book light and my comfiest Star Wars pajama pants.)

Eggs Love Jewel Parker Rhodes 1y
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ElizabethAndino
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ALL THE THUMBS UP!!! The audio was great and added another dimension of emotion.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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This book knocked my socks off. It‘s hard to say that I loved it because it deals with such a terrible topic and highlights awful truths of today‘s society, but it is such a necessary book. Told mainly from the POV of a 12 year old African-American shot and killed by police in Chicago, it‘s well-written and appropriate for middle grades. We must start reading and talking about these difficult topics with kids. Thank you @TracyReadsBooks !!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Book Club tonight—instead of snow like the last couple of meetings, I had to contend with thunderstorms! Group consensus was we‘ve had to deal with some terrible weather for the last several meetings!❄️☔️❄️☔️ Not to worry, our discussion—Love, Hate & Other Filters this month—was lively. Next up, Ghost Boys. Having really enjoyed this book, I‘m definitely interested in hearing what other parents think about it & teaching it in school. (I say yes!)

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Nickinpa
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Important for middle grade kids.

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TracyReadsBooks
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A powerful & heartbreaking story. An important & necessary book. A call to action, a plea for empathy & understanding, an indictment of a present that has not learned from the past, & a whisper of hope. This book is all that & more. I finished it, gave it to one of the Middle School LA teachers & asked her to read it. I think this book, sure to spark conversation, should be taught. It needs to be taught. A must read Middle Grade book.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Processed this book for the library just last week and then read the excellent review from @WanderingBookaneer last night...All of which is to say, I‘ve bumped it up to my next read.

WanderingBookaneer I hope you like it! 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Powerful novel about an 12-year-old African American boy, Jerome, shot in the back by a policeman as he was playing with a toy gun. The book starts moments after being shot and the narration splits between the events leading up to his death and how his ghost navigates Chicago after his death. 1/3 ⬇️

WanderingBookaneer However, the novel is titled Ghost Boys, not Ghost Boy. This is because he is accompanied by the ghost of Emmett Till and the hundreds of young African American males—including Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin—whose life was ended too soon. 2/3 ⬇️ 2y
WanderingBookaneer Surprisingly, there is one person who can see the boys, a 12-year-old white girl named Sarah who just happens to be the daughter of the cop who killed Jerome. Together they must find a way to give meaning to the senseless tragedy. 3/3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2y
Bookladylinda Sounds interesting! Stacked!! 2y
Blaire Great review! Heard the author interviewed recently on a podcast and have been wanting to check it out. 2y
ephemeralwaltz Wow!! Stacked. 2y
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cobwebmoth 😢 2y
LiteraryinLititz Wow. I just read the graphic novel I Am Alfonso Jones today and it was similarly heart breaking. And necessary to read. 2y
tournevis 😭😭😭 2y
mrozzz 😔😔😔😔 2y
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Peddler410
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Wow! Slim, but so powerful. I loved how the author chose to let Jerome tell the story as a ghost. The emotion we see from all the key characters is essential. And the historical connection to Emmett Till says so much without saying so much. My favorite part, the friendship between Jerome and Sarah. The discussion questions at the end are wonderful for talking with children.

Heart wrenching but #huggable

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Peddler410
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Currently reading ....

Blaire Just heard about this one on a podcast. Interested to hear what you think. 2y
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Poetryfreak38
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Tonight‘s read!!

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Peddler410
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New purchase for today. I was not aware of this title but it was on the signed books shelf at my indie bookshop.

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PrezBookster
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Next up!!!

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MandaMT
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Wow. Jewel Parker Rhodes does it again. This is a beautifully nuanced, layered story written at an upper elementary/ middle school reading level. She has such a gift for making tough topics accessible for young readers. #GhostBoys tells the story of a 12 year old police shooting victim from his perspective as a ghost. The only living person who can see him is the daughter of the officer who shot him. There‘s so much to unpack with this one.