Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

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 pro Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he obser...

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Title:Ghost Boys
Author:Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Edition Language:English
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Ghost Boys Reviews

  • Dan
    Feb 24, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

  • Abby Johnson
    May 12, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

    A must-read. A must-share. A must-discuss. ...

    Can a review just be emojis? Because if so: ??????????????? (More will be coming on my blog. Read this book.) ...

  • Elese
    Mar 06, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

  • Mrs. Krajewski
    May 23, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

  • Donalyn
    Feb 04, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

  • Alicia
    May 18, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 25, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

  • Zoë
    Mar 05, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

  • Denise
    Feb 17, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

  • Jillian Heise
    Jan 17, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

  • Amber
    Mar 17, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Apr 27, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

  • Linda
    Mar 21, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

  • emma
    May 14, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

    A must-read. A must-share. A must-discuss. ...

    Can a review just be emojis? Because if so: ??????????????? (More will be coming on my blog. Read this book.) ...

    I?d have to wait awhile to process before writing a review, but i do know that this book is important. i?ve been looking forward to this book, and i?m not disappointed. ...

  • Michele Knott
    Mar 29, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

    A must-read. A must-share. A must-discuss. ...

    Can a review just be emojis? Because if so: ??????????????? (More will be coming on my blog. Read this book.) ...

    I?d have to wait awhile to process before writing a review, but i do know that this book is important. i?ve been looking forward to this book, and i?m not disappointed. ...

    Reading this book was like a punch to the gut. When 12-year-old Jerome is mistakenly shot and killed by a police officer, the ghost of Emmett Till guides him through the afterlife. Among friends and family members, Jerome's spirit also communicates with the daughter of the cop who fire...

    I would recommend for grades 7+ ? My hope is that parents and teachers will read Ghost Boys with their children and students, and discuss racial prejudices intentions that still haunt America. Through discussion, awareness, and societal and civic action, I hope our youth will be a...

    I thought this book was beautifully written, compelling and I couldn't put it down. The style almost felt like a stream of consciousness - appropriately "ghostly" imo. Sometimes a creative piece can bring us to a point of truth and empathy more effectively than a CNN news report and...

    I?m going to say what other readers ahead of me have said - this is an important book. And where it?s going to make a lot of impact is when it?s used as a read aloud. The conversations that can be had with peers in many communities will be powerful. ...

  • Lauren
    Nov 20, 2017

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

  • Dianne
    Mar 09, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

  • Amy
    Apr 26, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

  • Jazmen
    Apr 26, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

  • Clare Lund
    May 16, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

    A must-read. A must-share. A must-discuss. ...

    Can a review just be emojis? Because if so: ??????????????? (More will be coming on my blog. Read this book.) ...

    I?d have to wait awhile to process before writing a review, but i do know that this book is important. i?ve been looking forward to this book, and i?m not disappointed. ...

    Reading this book was like a punch to the gut. When 12-year-old Jerome is mistakenly shot and killed by a police officer, the ghost of Emmett Till guides him through the afterlife. Among friends and family members, Jerome's spirit also communicates with the daughter of the cop who fire...

  • Leonard Kim
    May 02, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

  • Jo Tsamaidis
    Apr 14, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

    A must-read. A must-share. A must-discuss. ...

    Can a review just be emojis? Because if so: ??????????????? (More will be coming on my blog. Read this book.) ...

    I?d have to wait awhile to process before writing a review, but i do know that this book is important. i?ve been looking forward to this book, and i?m not disappointed. ...

    Reading this book was like a punch to the gut. When 12-year-old Jerome is mistakenly shot and killed by a police officer, the ghost of Emmett Till guides him through the afterlife. Among friends and family members, Jerome's spirit also communicates with the daughter of the cop who fire...

    I would recommend for grades 7+ ? My hope is that parents and teachers will read Ghost Boys with their children and students, and discuss racial prejudices intentions that still haunt America. Through discussion, awareness, and societal and civic action, I hope our youth will be a...

    I thought this book was beautifully written, compelling and I couldn't put it down. The style almost felt like a stream of consciousness - appropriately "ghostly" imo. Sometimes a creative piece can bring us to a point of truth and empathy more effectively than a CNN news report and...

  • Erika
    Apr 22, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

    A must-read. A must-share. A must-discuss. ...

    Can a review just be emojis? Because if so: ??????????????? (More will be coming on my blog. Read this book.) ...

    I?d have to wait awhile to process before writing a review, but i do know that this book is important. i?ve been looking forward to this book, and i?m not disappointed. ...

    Reading this book was like a punch to the gut. When 12-year-old Jerome is mistakenly shot and killed by a police officer, the ghost of Emmett Till guides him through the afterlife. Among friends and family members, Jerome's spirit also communicates with the daughter of the cop who fire...

    I would recommend for grades 7+ ? My hope is that parents and teachers will read Ghost Boys with their children and students, and discuss racial prejudices intentions that still haunt America. Through discussion, awareness, and societal and civic action, I hope our youth will be a...

    I thought this book was beautifully written, compelling and I couldn't put it down. The style almost felt like a stream of consciousness - appropriately "ghostly" imo. Sometimes a creative piece can bring us to a point of truth and empathy more effectively than a CNN news report and...

    I?m going to say what other readers ahead of me have said - this is an important book. And where it?s going to make a lot of impact is when it?s used as a read aloud. The conversations that can be had with peers in many communities will be powerful. ...

    Actual rating: 4.5 GHOST BOYS is about how a 13yo Black boy had a toy gun, and a white police officer shot him. (The book mentions Tamir Rice, who died under these exact circumstances.) Being a ghost, Jerome meets Emmitt Till, and Sarah (the daughter of the police officer) and watch...

    I wondered if I would have a hard time reading about "ghosts," but it actually didn't bother me at all. I guess not having to suspend my beliefs (because in this realm, it's more loosely spirituality based, in my opinion) makes the difference. Jewell Parker Rhodes is a beautiful writer...

  • Sara Lang
    Apr 21, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

    A must-read. A must-share. A must-discuss. ...

    Can a review just be emojis? Because if so: ??????????????? (More will be coming on my blog. Read this book.) ...

    I?d have to wait awhile to process before writing a review, but i do know that this book is important. i?ve been looking forward to this book, and i?m not disappointed. ...

    Reading this book was like a punch to the gut. When 12-year-old Jerome is mistakenly shot and killed by a police officer, the ghost of Emmett Till guides him through the afterlife. Among friends and family members, Jerome's spirit also communicates with the daughter of the cop who fire...

    I would recommend for grades 7+ ? My hope is that parents and teachers will read Ghost Boys with their children and students, and discuss racial prejudices intentions that still haunt America. Through discussion, awareness, and societal and civic action, I hope our youth will be a...

  • Beth Parmer
    Apr 24, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

    A must-read. A must-share. A must-discuss. ...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Jan 01, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

  • Angela
    Apr 24, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

  • Ezra
    Jan 21, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers ? from 9/11 to Katrina ? and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privile...

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes invites the reader to bear witness and do better. It's a must read middle grade story. ...

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I was a bit nervous going into this one. It's the story of a twelve-year-old Black boy killed by a police officer, whose ghost meets the ghost of Emmett Till. I wasn't sure I was ready to read about Emmett Till. On ...

    Jerome is a 12-year-old boy who is shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer mistakenly believed he had a gun, when really it was a toy gun. Jerome immediately becomes a ghost who has to watch his family grieve. He also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police of...

    3.5 stars. Susan Cooper?s Ghost Hawk never stood a chance, and The Hate U Give fell short on some fundamentals, but maybe this one will stick. A Christmas Carol is still beloved even as the social problem it specifically addressed evolves. This book made me think of that, as well as ...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Timely and sad. Made me wonder why toy guns are allowed to be produced and sold in the US. ...

    A must-read. A must-share. A must-discuss. ...

    Can a review just be emojis? Because if so: ??????????????? (More will be coming on my blog. Read this book.) ...

    I?d have to wait awhile to process before writing a review, but i do know that this book is important. i?ve been looking forward to this book, and i?m not disappointed. ...

    Reading this book was like a punch to the gut. When 12-year-old Jerome is mistakenly shot and killed by a police officer, the ghost of Emmett Till guides him through the afterlife. Among friends and family members, Jerome's spirit also communicates with the daughter of the cop who fire...

    I would recommend for grades 7+ ? My hope is that parents and teachers will read Ghost Boys with their children and students, and discuss racial prejudices intentions that still haunt America. Through discussion, awareness, and societal and civic action, I hope our youth will be a...

    I thought this book was beautifully written, compelling and I couldn't put it down. The style almost felt like a stream of consciousness - appropriately "ghostly" imo. Sometimes a creative piece can bring us to a point of truth and empathy more effectively than a CNN news report and...

    I?m going to say what other readers ahead of me have said - this is an important book. And where it?s going to make a lot of impact is when it?s used as a read aloud. The conversations that can be had with peers in many communities will be powerful. ...

    Actual rating: 4.5 GHOST BOYS is about how a 13yo Black boy had a toy gun, and a white police officer shot him. (The book mentions Tamir Rice, who died under these exact circumstances.) Being a ghost, Jerome meets Emmitt Till, and Sarah (the daughter of the police officer) and watch...

  • Scott Fillner
    Apr 30, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...

    Several new Black Lives Matter fictional stories have used the magical realism element of the dead to tell their story as a whole or partially (I Am Alfonso Jones, Long Way Down, and Ghost Boys). What makes me most proud of these stories is the writing that elicits a stark emotional re...

    Must Read! ????? This Book has the ability to start discussions, lead to new learning, and explore feelings. A book that has the ability to be a catalyst for change. A book that has the ability to interrupt a cycle of fear and lack of understanding understanding. ...

  • Jeweliana
    Apr 26, 2018

    Jewell Parker Rhodes tackles timely issues (racial bias, bullying, class differences with regard to education and upbringing, gun violence) and introduces young readers to important figures (Emmett Till, Tamir Rice) in this story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed af...

    I finished this book while the National Anthem played on the Atlanta airport TVs for the Super Bowl. I burst into tears. This is a haunting and important book I'll be thinking about for a long time. ...

    I always struggle to review these types of novels--these black lives matter, civil rights-esque novels. I often go into them expecting to be angry. I'm pre-angry before I even start them. Why? Because this is happening, still--today, and though the books are based on fictional characte...

    "All children, except one, grow up." -Peter Pan "A shadow. Then, another. And another. Another and another. Hundreds, thousands of ghost boys standing, ever still, looking up, through the window into our souls. Do I have a soul still? 'I don't understand?' 'These are your... our...

    This is the book I have been waiting for! I have been desperately searching for a middle grade book that would cover the same topics as The Hate U Give & Dear Martin but in a way that was more suitable for a younger audience. I tried to find it in The Stars Beneath Our Feet , bu...

    An absolutely heart breaking but so so so important book! With beautiful vision and gut wrenching honesty, Rhodes pulls readers into the world seen through the eyes of a recently deceased 12-year-old named Jerome. With the ghost of Emmett Till as a kind of guide, Jerome starts to u...

    Books like this make change. I highly recommend this one and hope it is in many middle school and high school classrooms when it is released this spring. ...

    In a world where we are inundated daily with terror and hate, we are taught to fear first, think later. This is the heartbreaking story of one young boy?s death when he is shot by a policeman and how his ghost will bear witness to the breadth of the devastation that follows. Jewe...

    For Jerome Rogers, living in his low-income Chicago neighborhood can be dangerous, but so can going to middle school. There, Jerome is the target of three bullies, Eddie, Snap, and Mike, who enjoy doing things to him like dumping out his backpack, hitting him in the head, or pulling do...

    Jewell Parker Rhodes again uses her fictional skills to bring racial issues to us in a deeply touching story of a twelve-year-old black boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As in ?Towers Falling?, the themes of community, socio-economic disparities and diversity underlie...

    This book is heartbreaking but is such an important book. It is one that I hope gets into the hands of as many kids as possible because as Rhodes states in the afterword, it is our youth that will be able to ?dismantle personal and systemic racism.? I love the way Rhodes writes...

    Ghost Boys is phenomenal. A powerful, timely, necessary book, and one written for our middle grades kids who need to hear these stories also. A must-read of 2018 for all educators, and a must-purchase for 4th grade and up classroom and school libraries. ...

    "Don't pity me," I say, sharp, frustrated by Sarah "Maybe I can help you? Help you both? Like Wendy helped Peter?" "Is Peter white? He's white, isn't he?" I ask, insistent, furious." And this, folks, is how it's done. Jewell Parker Rhodes has hit us with a masterpiece that is on...