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Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

ISBN: 9781510104396

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. 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 in today's world.


Aidan - Kirkby College - 2019

I think that it shows that not all people have rights that should and should have a chance

Jake - Kirkby College - 2019

This book is an amazing for young people who read books with a twist and thrill its all about young Jerome who was shot by a white police officer and his family is stuck and broken mourning over him 24hrs this book truly is a side story twisting emotional thrill

Bradley - Kirkby College - 2019

It tells the story of racism and tell that things were different back then and police shouldn't approach people and shoot without a warning so it tells a good moral

Kyle - Kirkby College - 2019

Really good book shows people the area of Chicago for people who haven't visited America with facts about racism and history.

Chloe - Kirkby College - 2019

I really enjoyed this book because it explains a lot and I would really recommend for people to read this book as it explains more of everything that happens today with bullying, racism, shooting, bombing, drug addicts and more but I would love to read this book again hopefully.

Abigail - Kimberley School - 2019

I really enjoyed this book. To me it was a real page turner and I really agree with the statement on the front of the book 'no one should have to tell this tale again'. It was a really good book and one of the only books I really enjoyed.

Catherine - All Saints Catholic Voluntary Academy - 2019

A very touching story and just shows us what the world was and is like and how people get hurt just because of their skin colour. people forget that everybody is equal no matter what and just because they have a different skin colour doesn't mean that they have done wrong or they don't get to do the things we do. we all have rights. This book was brilliant and I would definitely recommend.

Gemma - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

I did enjoy this book. I loved how the author told the story. I especially loved how she set it with a black boy and a white policeman who seemed to shoot him for no reason. I loved how the policeman's daughter could also see the boy as well. I loved every part of this book and this book is amazing!

Saanvi - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

It was a nice book that showed people that racism is wrong and that many people have died due to racial prejudice. But I found the book was too short and that all the events went quite quickly and some parts were less descriptive. Overall, I liked the book and its' main plot outline. I also liked how it used a real story of a black boy who got killed due to racial prejudice.

Erin - Kimberley School - 2019

A heart moving novel about love, friendship and rights for all. When a police officer accidentally shoots a young boy his daughter finds that there's more to the story then meets the eye.

Ollie - Kimberley School - 2019

Amazing! The story is about a boy called Jerome who was shot by a policeman who thought his toy gun was real. What I like about the story is that it switches between life and death. Life is the events leading up to death and death is the events after. At the start it is quite confusing but as you read on it becomes clearer. A mysterious book is the description of this relish on pages.

Angela - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

I really enjoyed this book I loved how it brought a real life situation into a childrens book and I really liked how they included a real life person.

Emily - George Spencer Academy - 2019

Ghost boys was an interesting tale full of mystery and drama. I really enjoyed it.

Jessica - All Saints Catholic Voluntary Academy - 2019

I really liked this book, it was something I really wanted to read from just the blurb; it was intriguing, realistic and sad at the same time.

Toby - Ashfield School - 2019

Ghost Boys is a brilliant book but can be a little confusing at the start. The book is about a 12-year old black boy who gets shot without warning by a white police officer and his partner. The book also mentions similar cases. Definitely recommend to anyone

Katie ` - Bulwell Academy - 2019

An amazing book! I read the book in one go because every time I turned the page, I wanted to find out what happened next! It is based on a boy named Jerome who never gets into trouble and is bullied by 3 boys. One day he is shot by a police officer who assumes that his toy gun is real because he is black. It goes back and forth between what his life was like before and after his death. I found it a real interesting page-turner!

Oscar - Kimberley School - 2019

This book reflects on key social issues in a polarizing times when (especially in the US) racial tensions are high and governments are failing to act. This will help children privileged and with powerful parents to act. In the end, it shows how responsible those with power to act and that the poor are as valuable as the rich.

Jaia - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

I thought Ghost Boys was a very exciting and fast-paced novel. However, at the start it was a bit confusing as it went back and forth from different points when he was alive and when he was dead. Overall the book was very moving and it woke me up and caused me to think.

Elyssa - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

I enjoyed this book because it had strong description and was fast moving. However, I found it quite repetitive because the same sort of thing happened over and over again.

Nitya - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

I thought that this book had a very good plot, as it seemed really realistic. I think that making a book seem realistic is a really hard thing to do, so I think this author managed it well.

Anna - George Spencer Academy - 2019

I enjoyed this book, it had a good message and was a clever idea but a bit confusing with the time switches.

Lottie - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

This was a great book with action from the start. I liked the way he saw how other people behaved after his death.

Amelie - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

I really enjoyed 'Ghost Boys'. I loved how much meaning there was. I loved the concept of making a difference.

Lucy - George Spencer Academy - 2019

I really like the book and it sends a really powerful message. I found it a bit confusing because it kept going back in time and then back to present day. At the start when it first showed what happens to the main character I got upset. Overall I think it is a really good book.