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Ghost boys

by Rhodes, Jewell Parker,

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2018
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Location Collection Status
Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Audio/Visual CHECKED OUT
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audio/Visual
 
Status  CHECKED OUT
 
 
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.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 thats 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 fathers 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 todays world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*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.--Bittner, Rob Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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 PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Till, Emmett, -- 1941-1955 -- Juvenile fiction.
Till, Emmett, -- 1941-1955 -- Fiction.
Police shootings -- Juvenile fiction.
Racism -- Juvenile fiction.
Death -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Juvenile fiction.
Police shootings -- Fiction.
Racism -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Ghosts -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Family life -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Fiction.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Fiction.
Playaway (Preloaded audio player)
Audiobooks.
Publisher Solon, Ohio :2018
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Harvey, Miles, 1960- narrator.
Playaway Digital Audio.
Findaway World, LLC.
Participants/Performers Read by Miles Harvey.
Language English
Notes Title from Playaway label.
Originally released by Hachette Audio ℗2018.
Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Description 1 audio media player (180 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781538584446
1538584441
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