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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2018 Jewell Parker Rhodes (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Rhodes captures the all-too-real pain of racial injustice and provides an important window for readers who are just beginning to explore the ideas of privilege and implicit bias." (School Library Journal)
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4 out of 5 stars
By YBA on 06-14-18

This was a sad tale and hard for me to read.

Even though the story was sad, it was well told and necessary in today's times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carlina Brown-Banks on 05-17-18

Amazingly done!

This is a wonderful depiction of the emotions of a tragic situation from both sides. A must read!

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