Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When 12-year old Jerome, a black boy, is shot and killed by a white police officer who mistakes a toy gun for the real thing, his Chicago neighborhood is outraged. How can this keep happening?
Jerome goes on to tell his story, as a ghost, who sees the aftermath the tragedy and how it impacts his family and the officer's family. In his ghostly world, Jerome also meets another young black boy who was murdered in 1955, Emmett Till. Through Emmett's story, Jerome learns of the hundreds of other Ghost Boys who, like him, now bear the burden of trying to stop the cycle of violence that stems from racism and fear.
Jerome's mission becomes one of healing instead of hatred. Ultimately, this is a story of hope and compassion that is sadly built upon anger and grief.
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