Ghost Boys

Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes

First Nations and People of Colour Voices

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a white police officer, drawing connections with real-life history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.


Twelve-year-old Jerome doesn't get into trouble. He goes to school. He does his homework. He takes care of his little sister. Then Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat.


As a ghost, watching his family trying to cope with his death, Jerome begins to notice other ghost boys. Each boy has a story and they all have something in common...

Bit by bit, Jerome begins to understand what really happened - not just to him, but to all of the ghost boys.

A poignant and gripping story about how children and families face the complexities of race in today's world.


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An instant New York Times bestsellerAn instant IndieBound bestsellerThe #1 Kids' Indie Next PickA Publisher's Weekly Best Seller

This was one of my most anticipated 2018 books and I was not disappointed. A must read." - Angie Thomas, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

'tender, timely ... surprising and hopeful' - Observer

“Rhodes captures the all-too-real pain of racial injustice and provides an important window for readers who are just beginning to explore the ideas of privilege and implicit bias.” –School Library Journal

“Rhodes beautifully weaves together the fictional and the historical–Jerome comes across the ghosts of
real-life individuals like Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin–in this gripping and all-too-necessary novel
about police brutality, injustice, and the power of bearing witness to the stories of those who are gone.” – Booklist

“An excellent novel that delves into the timely topic of racism...with the question of whether or not we
really have come far when dealing with race relations.” –School Library Connection

“[Rhodes’s] hope for a better world packs a powerful punch.” –Publishers Weekly

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center
for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has won numerous awards for her books for children and adults. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today show Al’s Book Club for Kids selection.

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General Fields

  • : 9781510104396
  • : Hachette Children's Group
  • : Hodder Children's Books
  • : 0.2
  • : February 2014
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 224
  • : Paperback
  • : Jewell Parker Rhodes