Ghost Boys

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Heavy look at black kids killed due to bigotry.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 10+

An excellent and important read

This is an excellent book with a strong and important message. I read this to my Year 5 (9-10 years) class and they were gripped and responded with brilliant observations and questions. I did however omit the part which describes the details of Emett Till's death as I did think that short part in particular was more age appropriate for older children.

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age 10+

A Timely and Important Read

Trigger warning for threatened gun violence from a minor, bullying, fatal police brutality, and lynching. Considering the current events in the United States, I believe it's necessary now more than ever that parents take the time to educate their children about racism, police brutality, and how they can dismantle systemic racism by undoing racial biases within themselves. Ghost Boys illustrates those messages perfectly for the middle-grade audience. It is a difficult book to read through. It even made me, a twenty-one-year-old English major who has read arguably more disturbing content for school, cry. The six other police brutality centric novels I read before this didn't do that, not even The Hate U Give. If your child is capable of digesting heavy topics through fiction, I recommend that you read this with them and look through the discussion questions in the back of the book.

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Educational value
Great messages

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