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.
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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 towards 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 socio-political 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.
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This book is amazing! It is so meaningful and it really helps people learn that what was happening way back when Emmet Till was a boy is still happening now!
In Short - Very relatable from a young Teen”s perspective
As a child reading this book for a school assignment, I have been arguing with my family about this since the death of George Floyd. I just finished this book and it really made me cry. I’m definitely sharing this with my younger siblings because it it important for them to know the struggles of America. Immigrants come from all over the globe to make a “better life” in America. It’s called the “American dream.” Then when they are here they are discriminated against. I feel strongly for this subject.