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

av Jewell Parker Rhodes

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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
Info:New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
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The story begins with a death. Jerome lies on the ground, killed by a police officer. The story braids together the events of the day leading up to Jerome's killing, the trial of the police officer, and Jerome's life as a ghost. In his afterlife, Jerome can connect with one living girl, Sarah, the daughter of the police officer who killed him. He also connects with another ghost boy, who, it is revealed, is Emmett Till, the leader of the crew of Black boys and young men killed by white people.
  jessicamusgrave | Jul 18, 2021 |
The story begins with a death. Jerome lies on the ground, killed by a police officer. The story braids together the events of the day leading up to Jerome's killing, the trial of the police officer, and Jerome's life as a ghost. In his afterlife, Jerome can connect with one living girl, Sarah, the daughter of the police officer who killed him. He also connects with another ghost boy, who, it is revealed, is Emmett Till, the leader of the crew of Black boys and young men killed by white people.

Rhodes doesn't look for easy answers. While I was frustrated by Jerome's eventual willingness for his killer to find peace, I understood what Rhodes was doing: through Jerome, she explained that the issue isn't one bad cop or one mistake, it's systemic. This is a difficult but important message for young readers, and Rhodes handles it well. A great book for reading and discussing with young people.

Miles Harvey's narration brings all the characters to life and conveys both the anguish and the hope of the story.
  megbmore | Jun 4, 2021 |
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 |
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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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