Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ghost Boys

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.

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