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Ghost Boys av Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Ghost Boys (urspr publ 2018; utgåvan 2019)

av Jewell Parker Rhodes (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Ghost Boys
Författare:Jewell Parker Rhodes (Författare)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2019), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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A short, powerful middle-grade book told from the POV of a young black boy killed by a cop. Rhodes makes the point that there is a chain of dead black boys haunting the world, to bear witness. Jerome meets one of those - a boy named Emmett Till.

I cried reading this. I wanted to give everybody hugs, from Jerome, to his family, to Carlos, and Sarah... A devastating read, that yet somehow ended on a hopeful note.

#BlackLivesMatter ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 6, 2020 |
This is a devastating book, and that's an understatement of how wrecked I felt after reading it. This is bearing witness to the many black children killed by racism, whether through outright hate (as in the case of Emmet Till) or through racial bias and fear (as in the case of Jerome, our protagonist), and it is hard to accept that so many lives have been lost for no good reason. But bear witness, we must. We cannot accept this as a reality. Black lives matter, as well as white ones. Police can do their jobs but do so with accountability and sobriety. This book is necessary reading, even if it hurts while you step inside a grieving family's shoes.

Parents, I highly recommend reading this story before your grade-school-aged kids do. You'll know whether or not they are ready to process this alongside you. It's not graphic, but it is frank about the reality of living in a redlined neighborhood, being bullied in a poor school system, and the aftermath of being shot. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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Age Range: 10+
Evaluation of Quality: Ghost Boys addresses the problem of modern-day institutional racism and police brutality in a sensitive and positive manner.
Assessment of Potential Use: This book can be used for a middle school class to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement.
Assessment of Appeal to Children: The palpable outrage and sorrow Jerome expresses over his wrongful death and how it effects his family will linger in young readers' minds.
  TAndrewH | Nov 21, 2020 |
Heavy story about a young boy, Jerome, who is shot and killed by a police officer after he is seen playing with a toy gun. The narrative bounces between Alive and Dead. After death Jerome becomes one of the ghost boys, young black boys who have been killed unjustly because of the color of their skin.
The leader of the ghost boys is Emmitt Till. Jerome and Sarah, the police officer who shot Jerome's daughter and the person who can see him as a ghost, learn about his story.
Set in Chicago, Jerome's family grieves, a preliminary hearing is held to see if there is enough evidence for the officer to go to trial, and his new friend Carlos deals with his guilt over giving Jerome the toy gun. A moving, quick read.
Jerome is this kid who is likeable and struggling, which makes the story all the more heartbreaking that he won't get a chance to grow up. ( )
  ewyatt | Sep 14, 2020 |
The realism of the deaths of unarmed black boys is so prevalent in the past and present day and time. in the telling of this story, I want to cry. I have always felt the shame and horror of Emmit Tills’ death and doing research on the killing of 12 year old Tamir Rice is modern day lynching

Even though I enjoyed the premise of the story, I found it very sad and painstakingly truthful. In hindsight of the unrest and protests after the killing of George Floyd in 2020 and systemic racism, this novel is a powerful segway into having that conversation with young readers.

...Deep inside me. A recognition. Injustice.
Tragedy. - page 146

This is the sum and sentiment of this novel that swarms around all African American boys that have been killed unjustly by the hands of white men. Only the living can make the world better.

I must read something funny or uplifting after reading Ghost Boys, whew....Jewel Parker Rhodes is a great, and compassionate writer.
It’s evident that the passion of what was transpiring during the time of Parker Rhodes writing this novel is heard loud and clear. ( )
  altima313 | Aug 18, 2020 |
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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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