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Ghost Boys por Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Ghost Boys (original 2018; edição 2018)

por Jewell Parker Rhodes (Autor)

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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. An instant New York Times bestseller An instant IndieBound bestseller The #1 Kids' Indie Next Pick A Walter Award winner Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better. 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.… (mais)
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Título:Ghost Boys
Autores:Jewell Parker Rhodes (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2018), 224 pages
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Ghosts Boys is a great book about the aftermath of a family dealing with the trauma of a young black boy, Jerome, being killed. I think this book does a good job of expressing the emotions family's have after losing a loved one to police brutality, while keeping it current to the present times we are dealing with. I also think it does a great job of expressing the tragedy of Emmett Till and the repercussions black people still face in the wake of the tragedy. I would have this book in my classroom for all students of color in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement as it is important for each of them to understand their not alone, and recognize that their skin should be celebrated in all facets of their life. ( )
  Leamoore | Nov 19, 2021 |
The students at the middle schools I work at have wanted a copy of The Hate U Give for a while now... Unfortunately, due to strong language, I've been reluctant to put a copy on the shelves for them (it seems geared more towards high-schoolers.) That said, I've been looking for a similar book that's more age-appropriate, but still deals with similar issues of racial injustice, civil rights issues, and unwarranted police brutality towards African-American males, especially young men.

This is that book. It is at once heart-breaking, enraging, and motivational. I've been trying to subtly work books about civil rights, the murder of Emmett Till, and other issues into my students' hands for years now without much success - if it doesn't affect them personally, they don't necessarily seem to care. I wish this book had some of the same hype that The Hate U Give has received... It is only through ignorance and prejudice that history's worst events are doomed to repeat themselves. If this book were required reading in classrooms across America, then maybe we wouldn't have a host of ghost boys wondering why their lives were snuffed short. ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
"Gr 4-8 –The Towers Falling author once again tackles a timely yet difficult subject. In Chicago, 12-year-old black youth Jerome is shot and killed by a white police officer who mistakes a toy gun for a real one. As a ghost, Jerome witnesses the aftermath gripping both his family and that of the police officers. Jerome also meets another ghost—that of Emmett Till, a black boy murdered in 1955. Through Till’s story, he learns of the hundreds of other “ghost boys” left to roam and stop history from continually repeating itself. The only person who can see Jerome is the daughter of the white police officer, Sarah, and through her eyes, he realizes that his family isn’t the only one affected by the tragedy. Two families are destroyed with one split decision, and Sarah and Jerome together try to heal both of their families, along with Jerome’s friend Carlos. It was Carlos’ toy gun that Jerome was playing with, leaving Carlos with great guilt and the intense desire to protect Jerome’s little sister, Kim, from bullies and other sorrows. Deftly woven and poignantly told, this a story about society, biases both conscious and unconscious, and trying to right the wrongs of the world. VERDICT Rhodes captures the all-too-real pain of racial injustice and provides an important window for readers who are just beginning to explore the ideas of privilege and implicit bias.–Michele Shaw, Quail Run ­Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
School Library Journal January 2018 issue."
Appropriate for young teens - tastefully done, even the "flashbacks" to the moments of his death. ( )
  BDartnall | Oct 14, 2021 |
What an interesting book. It is a middle school book that brings up some difficult topics and history to discuss in terms of white privilege and #blacklivesmattertoo and civil rights history. An interesting premise set by the author that all children should discuss and read. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
The story begins with a death. Jerome lies on the ground, killed by a police officer. The story braids together the events of the day leading up to Jerome's killing, the trial of the police officer, and Jerome's life as a ghost. In his afterlife, Jerome can connect with one living girl, Sarah, the daughter of the police officer who killed him. He also connects with another ghost boy, who, it is revealed, is Emmett Till, the leader of the crew of Black boys and young men killed by white people.
  jessicamusgrave | Jul 18, 2021 |
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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. An instant New York Times bestseller An instant IndieBound bestseller The #1 Kids' Indie Next Pick A Walter Award winner Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better. 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.

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