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Ghost Boys

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Ghost Boys
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

    Publication Date: Apr 01, 2018
    Format: Hardcover
    Classification: Fiction
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    Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Publisher: Hachette Book Group
    Parent Company: Hachette Livre

    Book Description: 

    When Emmett Till faced his horrific death in 1955, brutalized simply for making remarks that we now know he never uttered, it was a true tragedy. But it also set the Civil Rights Movement into motion, bettering the lives of African Americans across the nation for generations to come. In the deepest darkness, we can still find light.

    We live in a dark time again. I was shook to the core upon hearing about the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Tyre King, and many more recent unarmed young black victims of police violence. But I continue to believe that we can all do better, be better, live better. We owe our best to each and every child. I keep looking for the light.

    My new book Ghost Boys follows Jerome, a twelve-year-old boy who gets shot by a police officer while playing with a toy gun. He’s dead, but he’s still here, watching his family mourn, watching the world react to his death. He meets Sarah, a kind new friend who happens to be the daughter of his killer. And he meets another ghost boy, a kid wearing funny clothes from a long time ago, who calls himself Emmett.

    Tell us what do you think about Ghost Boys.

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