14 March 2018

Ghost Boys; Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost BoysGhost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really powerful read, centered on a young boy bullied in school who, on the day he makes his first school friend, is shot by a police officer who mistakes him for a grown man. Told through the voice of both the living and dead boy, we see him struggling to survive his daily life and watching people cope with his death. And then there are the ghosts of other boys killed, all black, all "errors". My biggest problem with this book was that the boys included Emmett Till - to me, having them be the (to the majority of the world) nameless many killed in Chicago over the past few years would have made this even more powerful.

ARC provided by publisher.

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