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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a Black boy killed by a white police officer, drawing connections with real life, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.


Twelve-year-old Jerome doesn't get into trouble. He goes to school. He does his homework. He takes care of his little sister. 

Then Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat.


As a ghost, watching his family trying to cope with his death, Jerome begins to notice other ghost boys. 

Each boy has a story and they all have something in common....

Bit by bit, Jerome begins to understand what really happened - not just to him, but to all of the ghost boys.

A poignant and gripping story about how children and families face the complexities of race and racism in today's world.

©2021 Jewell Parker Rhodes (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"This was one of my most anticipated 2018 books, and I was not disappointed. A must-read." (Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give)

"Tender, timely...surprising and hopeful." (Observer)

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  • 20-08-2021

Encredible and moving

I think everyone should read this book. It's message is so moving, i was 15 min into it when i started crying and mostly kept crying till i finished it. I'm honestly a little speechless but all in all such a good and important book, thay everyone would benefit from reading

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  • 15-04-2021

So important

A great novel and an important novel for our time. Thank you, Jewell Parker Rhodes.

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