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Ghost Boys

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
The Number One Kids' Indie Next Pick

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.

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 toward 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 sociopolitical 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.

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ghost Boys
Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes
ISBN: 0-316-26228-5 / 978-0-316-26228-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ghost Boys
Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes
ISBN: 0-316-26226-9 / 978-0-316-26226-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ghost Boys
Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes
ISBN: 1-5101-0439-9 / 978-1-5101-0439-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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Audio Editions

April 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ghost Boys
Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes
ISBN: 1-5491-7245-X / 978-1-5491-7245-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
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April 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ghost Boys Lib/E
Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes
ISBN: 1-5491-7242-5 / 978-1-5491-7242-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ghost Boys
Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ghost Boys
Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ghost Boys
Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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April 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ghost Boys
Author(s): Jewell Parker Rhodes
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA