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

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Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.

Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father's actions.

Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today's world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.


Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on April 17, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316262285
ISBN-13: 9780316262286
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  • mysteryhuman_hi
    mysteryhuman_hiSunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm11 star
    Kinda freaky, but it is NOT REAL. Which is luckily good. There is a kid named Jerome who was given a toy gun by his friend, and when a police officer thought he had a real gun, he shot the boy. Jerome died and his ghost lingered. He soon met other ghosts, who were all... brown skinned boys. They were all killed because they were black, just like Jerome. The person that started it all was their leader. Each ghost had one person who could see him, and Jerome's was the officer's daughter. He had shot him because he was afraid of him. And, basically.... he was just a ghost forever... :/ :( :'( This book was creepy, and might get kids believing in ghosts. So... what I got from the story was "DON'T BE RACIST."

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