Summer Book Club for Tweens
- Virtual Event via Zoom
About the Book
*Starred Review* Jerome, a young black boy gunned down while playing in a park with a toy gun, invites readers to bear witness to his story, to the tragedy of being dispatched simply because of a policeman's internalized prejudice masquerading as fear. One day at school, while he and his new friend Carlos are being bullied, Carlos pulls out a toy gun to scare their attackers. Afterward, he gives it to Jerome so he can have a chance to play with it, to pretend that he is in charge. But when he is shot in the back while running from the police, his soul leaves his body and he becomes one of the army of ghost boys hoping to communicate with those still consumed with racial bias. While looking in on the preliminary court hearing, Jerome realizes that the police officer's daughter can see and talk to him, and together they try to understand how the world around them could be so cruel. Rhodes (Sugar, 2013; Towers Falling, 2016) beautifully weaves together the fictional and the historical Jerome comes across the ghosts of real-life individuals like Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin in this gripping and all-too-necessary novel about police brutality, injustice, and the power of bearing witness to the stories of those who are gone.--Bittner, Rob Copyright 2018 Booklist
About the Club
Join Soda Creek teacher Danielle Skov, and her 16 year old daughter Posy Skov, virtually via Zoom to discuss two books that explore and support the Black Lives Matters movement. Both of these discussions are for boys and girls ages 10-13.
Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm: New Kid by Jerry Croft
Tuesday, August 18 at 7pm: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes