This important book should be read and discussed with others, in book clubs, classrooms, and dinner tables around the nation. The dreamlike quality of the narrative is captivating, moving back and forth in place and time as Jerome, a black seventh grader, sees himself deceased after being shot by a while police officer. The book is a welcome and needed addition to the current company of books to help facilitate discussion about racism – thoughtful, complex and ambitious, this book delivers and brings hope. I will put this book in people's hand and with all my heart, say "please read." - Kirsten— Kirsten
About the Author
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, Bayou Magic, and Towers Falling. She has also written many award-winning books for adults.
Praise for Ghost Boys:
"This was one of my most anticipated 2018 books and I was not disappointed. A must read."—Angie Thomas, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
* "An excellent novel that delves into the timely topic of racism... with the question of whether or not we really have come far when dealing with race relations."—School Library Connection, starred review
"In writing that's spare and powerful, Rhodes takes us into the hearts and minds of those who are left behind, and then out into a vast and luminous world where ghost boys wander among the living, pursuing their mysterious mission. Rhodes has achieved something remarkable here: a kid's-eye-view of violence and racism that balances innocence and outrage, wrenching loss and hard-won hope."—Chicago Tribube
"A timely, challenging book that's worthy of a read, further discussion, and action."—Kirkus Reviews
"[A] potent story that deserves to be read."—VOYA
"Ghost Boys is powerful in prose, and so important at this time. I hope parents will read this book to their children."—The Monitor
"Written beautifully...an important novel."—WCMU Public Radio
"Unblinkingly confronts challenging perspectives and the mutability of truth."—Shelf Awareness
Additional praise and awards for Jewell Parker Rhodes' books:
Ninth Ward was named
a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global
Society, a CCBC Choices pick, a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction pick, an ALSC
Notable Children's Book, an SLJ Best Book of the Year, an IndieBound
Kids' Next List pick, a Parents' Choice Gold Award recipient, and an
NYPL Top 100 Title for Reading & Sharing.
Library Guild selection, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, an IndieBound
Kids' Next List pick, a Jane Addams Book Award winner, an IRA Top
Chapter Books selection, and a CCBC Choices Pick.
was an LA Times summer reading selection and a Center for the Study of
Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books selection.
an Indiebound Kids' Next List selection, a Junior Library Guild
selection, one of Amazon's Best Books of the Month, a Notable Social
Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Seventeen Magazine Best Book of the Year, and a Notable Book for a Global Society.