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Summary

A New York Times best seller

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

Alive

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.

Dead

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 and racism in today's world.

©2021 Jewell Parker Rhodes (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"This was one of my most anticipated 2018 books, and I was not disappointed. A must-read." (Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give)

"Tender, timely...surprising and hopeful." (Observer)

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beautiful 😍

it beautiful and sad 😔 bit a lovely story 😢 but it is also nice to hear

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Every school should read this

There are so many washed up old classics that children have to endure through school nowadays. I am an English teacher and would love this to be on a school book list.

The systemic racism that is so prevalent throughout all society - not just in this case America - needs to be addressed.

Jerome in the story is an innocent young black boy who gets shot by a white police officer. The boy looked big and scary apparently…

Emmett Till is a part of the story as well. It was great to hear part of that story and I feel it gives an understanding as to this isn’t just a ‘now’ issue.

For me this is a must read for young and old.

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A haunting story

This brought tears to my eyes, knowing how privileged I am to be a white female living in England. it brings a horrid realisation of what it was, and still is to some extent, to be black. Everyone should read, or listen, to this book.

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Encredible and moving

I think everyone should read this book. It's message is so moving, i was 15 min into it when i started crying and mostly kept crying till i finished it. I'm honestly a little speechless but all in all such a good and important book, thay everyone would benefit from reading

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So important

A great novel and an important novel for our time. Thank you, Jewell Parker Rhodes.