Jewell Parker Rhodes consistently demonstrates her incredible ability to handle tough topics in an accessible way. Ghost Boys touches on police killings, racism, and fear. Jerome, killed while playing in the park with a toy gun, narrates the story, starting with his own death. He meets the ghosts of other black boys killed throughout America's history. The only person alive who can see him is the white daughter of the police officer who shot him. Beautifully written. A new favorite with middle schoolers and middle school teachers.
~ Eight Cousins— From Summer Picks 2018
Told in the plain language of a twelve-year-old boy, Jerome Rogers narrates his own gut-wrenching encounter with police brutality and its aftermath. After he is shot and killed by an officer while playing with a toy gun, Jerome remains behind as a ghost. He observes his family’s grief and the preliminary hearing for the man who shot him.
At the courthouse he realizes that Sarah, the officer’s daughter, is the only person who can see and hear him. The two grapple with Jerome’s shooting, forgiveness, and the meaning of racial privilege and oppression in America with the ghost of Emmitt Till as their guide.
Ghost Boys is a beautiful, powerful novel that helps children engage with a difficult subject.
~ Eight Cousins
Holiday Pick 2018
— From Holiday Picks 2018
About the Author
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, Bayou Magic, and Towers Falling. She has also written many award-winning books for adults.
Praise for Ghost Boys:
"This was one of my most anticipated 2018 books and I was not disappointed. A must read."—Angie Thomas, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
* "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
"In writing that's spare and powerful, Rhodes takes us into the hearts and minds of those who are left behind, and then out into a vast and luminous world where ghost boys wander among the living, pursuing their mysterious mission. Rhodes has achieved something remarkable here: a kid's-eye-view of violence and racism that balances innocence and outrage, wrenching loss and hard-won hope."—Chicago Tribune
"A timely, challenging book that's worthy of a read, further discussion, and action."—Kirkus Reviews
"[A] potent story that deserves to be read."—VOYA
"Ghost Boys is powerful in prose, and so important at this time. I hope parents will read this book to their children."—The Monitor
"Written beautifully...an important novel."—WCMU Public Radio
"Unblinkingly confronts challenging perspectives and the mutability of truth."—Shelf Awareness
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.
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.
was an LA Times summer reading selection and a Center for the Study of
Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books selection.
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.