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Publication Date: 19 Apr 2018
Subject: Younger teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9)
AR: 3.0 MY
A 12-year-old boy's ghost watches his family in the aftermath of his death after being shot dead by a policeman.
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 in today's world.
NOTE : Includes a description of Emmet Till's murder, and although the more graphic aspects of the crime are not included, this could potentially be upsetting for younger readers.
NOTE: UKLA Book Awards Longlist 2019