There was never a question about whether or not I’d read Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes. The only question was when. I have a tendency to put off reading novels that will sooner or later find themselves on my BLM YA list because of the emotional toll that they take. So Ghost Boys was on my Sunday Bookstack for two weeks before I got to it.
Believe it or not, having audio helped. It got me started.
Publisher’s summary: After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.
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#bookaday Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes #SNRtbs This is the next addition to my BLM YA list. It’s taking the conversation about police violence and young black people and making it accessible to audiences that aren’t quite ready for the rest of my BLM YA list (e.g. THUG, Dear Martin, etc.). And it was done masterfully. As a reader, I felt like this was, in part, a story about finding compassion in the anger. Not placing blame where it doesn’t belong and coming together to heal. Fabulous novel about the grief and consequences of police violence. #stickynotereviews #stickynotereview #bookreview #bookreviews #middlegrade #middlegradebooks #childrensliterature #blackbookblogger #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #booknerd #reader #read #bibliophile
Have you read this? What did you think?