Thursday, May 3, 2018
This was a truly amazing book. It brings some issues to the forefront for middle school readers without being too heavy.
The book begins when 12 year old Jerome, a young black boy living in Chicago, is killed by a police officer. The book alternates between time periods. In the present, Jerome, as a ghost, observes his family, the police officer's family, and what is happening as a result of his death. He also meets other "ghost boys" including Emmett Till and learns their stories. The book also goes back to events leading up to the shooting.
I found the book gripping and thought provoking yet approachable for middle school readers.