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Book Recommendation/Review: “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

I loved this book. I adored it! It was everything: emotional, sweet, funny, socially relevant, politically important, real and raw, hopeful and positive, beautiful, sad, mysterious, scary, informative, horrific… everything!

It is a Middle-Grade/Young Adult fiction book. It’s only 203 pages, I think. I read it on the night and finished it the next morning. It’s “for kids” but it’s one of those books like Harry Potter where all ages and audiences can love it.

I want everyone to read this book, please, please, PLEASE!

It’s about a young boy, 12, who is shot by the police. He tells us his story as a ghost after death and as a boy alive before the shooting (switching between past and present expertly).

He meets other “ghost boys” who are other black boys shot by the police or killed for just being black:

  • Emmett Till
  • Tamir Rice
  • Michael Brown
  • Korryn Gaines
  • Eric Garner
  • Alton Sterling
  • Philando Castile
  • Trayvon Martin
  • The list goes on…

I won’t spoil the book, I just want you to know that it makes you cry and laugh and hold your hand to your heart! His grandma is great, “Tell me three good things!” And his friend Carlos is such a good boy…

The story was very well written, in his voice as a boy. Also, the plot, what he does as a ghost, is so, so, powerful and an important message for us all, especially white people and the police in America.

 

A 100% recommended read, which is a lot coming from me!

Get your copy of Ghost Boys here.

(Not to mention, more BIPoC authors and writers are deserving of your time and money! Let’s help raise their voices!)

Sincerely,

S. xx

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