• Charlotte Hope

Book Review: Ghost Boys

An important book that should be at the top of your reading list.

Recommended Ages: 11+

I'm going to tell you the truth- this book is hard to read. That said, you should put it near the top of your list. Ghost Boys is the story of Jerome, a twelve-year-old boy who is killed by a police officer. Follow the story from the viewpoints of Jerome before and after he dies. Jerome watches the impact of his death on his family, his new best friend, and the daughter of the police officer who shot him.

As he is watching the living, he soon realizes, he is not alone. He meets the ghost of Emmet Till, a young boy who was killed in 1955 in Mississippi when he was wrongly accused of offending a white woman. Emmet teaches him about the "ghost boys", a group of Black boys like him who were killed.

This book teaches the things that you don't usually get taught in class; how kids also bear the brunt of racism, even in modern days. While I found it hard to read, I think it is really important to learn more about the stories of Emmet Till, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, and all the others. We all want to pretend this never happened and it isn't happening still, but that's not the truth. In light of recent events, it's even more important to know the truth.

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