Ghost Boys is a devastating novel. It will grieve you in the way our news cycle seems to be an unceasing parade of grief. But it is also hopeful, full of compassion, and a compelling case for the fact that "we can all do better, be better, live better." Jerome's story is heartbreaking, and the telling of it is necessary. Just as the telling of Emmett Till's story is necessary, though it so often goes untold. Rhodes has crafted a beautiful novel that will facilitate many conversations with young people; Ghost Boys is essential for the middle school classroom as well as for family discussion. This is a novel to be shared with children; read it with them, discuss it with them, together we can gain the tools we need in order to live better.
I want to place this book into the hands of everyone I meet and shout its praises from rooftops; because those two aren't the best options I was honored the my review was chosen to promote the book in indie bookstores around the country. Ghost Boys is a top Indie Next pick and knowing that my review may have an influence on readers picking it up fills me with joy. The ultimate feeling of joy, though? When an author reaches out to thank you for reading and promoting their book! I received a personal thank you letter from Jewell Parker Rhodes for recommending this powerful book, and I was overjoyed by the kindness that she showed in this gesture. Jewell Parker Rhodes is doing the work of bringing people together in her life and in her fiction. I urge you to give her novels a try; start here.
An instant New York Times bestsellerAn instant IndieBound bestsellerThe #1 Kids' Indie Next PickA heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.