Book 10 of 2021

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

This was quite a shift in reading material: from the 600+ pages of a Pulitzer Prize winner to a very short teenage novel dealing with racism, death and the fight for justice.

The story follows a young black boy who has been shot and killed by a white police officer in Chicago. As a ghost, Jerome witnesses how his family and friends deal with his death. As well as this, Jerome befriends Sarah, the daughter of the policeman who killed him. Leading to some tough questions that both must answer.

He meets another ghost, Emmet Till, a real-life figure, who was killed in similar circumstances – Till later became an icon of the civil rights movement.

A short novel that is unfortunately very necessary right now.

Well worth a read. It won’t take you long.

Next up: The Resident

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