Ghost Boys [electronic resource] / Jewell Parker Rhodes

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. An instant New York Times bestseller An instant IndieBound bestseller The #1 Kids' Indie Next Pick A Walter Award winner Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better. Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing. Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father's actions. Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today's world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.
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    • ISBN:
      9780316262248
    • Accession Number:
      fay.656727
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      RHODES, J. P. Ghost Boys. [electronic resource]. [s. l.]: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018. ISBN 9780316262248. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.656727. Acesso em: 27 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Rhodes JP. Ghost Boys. [Electronic Resource]. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 2018. Accessed November 27, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.656727
    • APA:
      Rhodes, J. P. (2018). Ghost Boys. [electronic resource]. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Rhodes, Jewell Parker. 2018. Ghost Boys. [Electronic Resource]. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.656727.
    • Harvard:
      Rhodes, J. P. (2018) Ghost Boys. [electronic resource]. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.656727 (Accessed: 27 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Rhodes, JP 2018, Ghost Boys. [electronic resource], Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, viewed 27 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Ghost Boys. [Electronic Resource]. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.656727.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Ghost Boys. [Electronic Resource]. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.656727.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Rhodes JP. Ghost Boys. [electronic resource] [Internet]. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 2018 [cited 2020 Nov 27]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.656727

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 February #1

*Starred Review* Jerome, a young black boy gunned down while playing in a park with a toy gun, invites readers to bear witness to his story, to the tragedy of being dispatched simply because of a policeman's internalized prejudice masquerading as fear. One day at school, while he and his new friend Carlos are being bullied, Carlos pulls out a toy gun to scare their attackers. Afterward, he gives it to Jerome so he can have a chance to play with it, to pretend that he is in charge. But when he is shot in the back while running from the police, his soul leaves his body and he becomes one of the army of ghost boys hoping to communicate with those still consumed with racial bias. While looking in on the preliminary court hearing, Jerome realizes that the police officer's daughter can see and talk to him, and together they try to understand how the world around them could be so cruel. Rhodes (Sugar, 2013; Towers Falling, 2016) beautifully weaves together the fictional and the historical—Jerome comes across the ghosts of real-life individuals like Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin—in this gripping and all-too-necessary novel about police brutality, injustice, and the power of bearing witness to the stories of those who are gone. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall

Like the real-life Tamir Rice, twelve-year-old African American boy Jerome is killed by a white policeman while playing with a toy gun on a playground. Jerome's ghost is joined by that of Emmett Till, who helps him process what happened; Jerome also befriends Sarah, daughter of the policeman, who can see him. Although the book is timely and quite powerful, the upbeat, forgiveness-filled ending is facile. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 February #3

Set in an impoverished Chicago neighborhood, this somber story blends history with current events. Jerome Rogers, a black 12-year-old, is playing outside with a toy gun when he is shot and killed by a white policeman who views him as a threat. Now Jerome wanders the earth with other "ghost boys" whose deaths are all connected to bigotry. Ironically, the only human who can see Jerome is Sarah, the young daughter of the officer who took his life. Jerome meets the ghost of Emmett Till and learns the horrific details of his murder. Emmett, like the other ghost boys, cannot rest until the world is swept clean of discriminatory violence; maybe Jerome can help if he can make Sarah understand that her father's act was a result of deeply ingrained racism. Rhodes writes in short, poetic chapters that offer graphic depictions of avoidable tragedies; her hope for a better world packs a powerful punch, delivering a call to action to speak out against prejudice and erase harmful misconceptions. Ages 10–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Apr.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.