Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Available At: Challenger, Chinook Trail (MS), DCC (MS), Eagleview, Frontier, Mountain Ridge, Prairie Hills, Timberview, Woodmen-Roberts

Categories: Anti-Police, Racism, Violence, Whiteness

Description: After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains inflammatory racial commentary; explicit violence; and derogatory terms.

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Page 23: “It’s man’s will- it’s a policeman acting a fool. Murdering my boy.”

Page 24: “No sense why my boy’s dead and those white men are walking around alive. Free.”

Page 25: “No justice. No peace,” says Pop. “Since slavery, white men been killing blacks.”

Page 106: “’No justice, no peace!’ They carry signs: JUSTICE FOR JEROME; BLACK CHILDREN’S LIVES MATTER; STAY WOKE; IS MY SON NEXT?

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