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Ghost Boys

ISBN-10: 0316262269
ISBN-13: 9780316262262
Author: Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Interest Level: 5-9
Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: September 2019

Copyright: 2018

Page Count: 240


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Interest Level

Grades 5-9

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Z
Lexile: HL360L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.0
Accelerated Reader Points: 3.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism

JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Violence

Description
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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