(Gavin) Hook: A 12-year-old black boy gets shot because of racism, he is not killed by a criminal, he is killed by a police officer, a person who provides safety.
(Max) Book Introduction: Today, the book we are going to discuss is the book called “Ghost Boys”. It is created by the author Jewell Parker Rhodes. The book was published in 2018, it includes 25 chapters, but it has plain words which makes the book easy to read and it has 224 pages. The genre of the book is Historical Fiction, and children literature.
(Gavin) The plot is about a 12-year-old black kid from Chicago named Jerome who was killed by a cop named Officer Moore. He meets people throughout his new afterlife such as Sarah and Emmett Till, though only Sarah can see him. …show more content…
Each of the characters played a powerful role in the narrative and helped each other in various ways. Jerome and Sarah especially supported each other emotionally and in resolving Sarah’s strained relationship with her father.
(Max) The narrative unfolds in a present-day Chicago neighborhood that serves to highlight the theme of racial tensions. The neighborhood is extremely impoverished with meth labs and demolished buildings covered with graffiti. It’s a dangerous neighborhood that forces people like Jerome’s mother to be vigilant about the area.
(Gavin) Certainly, the setting does intensify the theme of the book. And speaking of which it also connects to the theme of the book. The theme is a dark/sad theme talking about racism and police brutality. The book deals with serious topics and highlights the injustice of white privilege. Even when a dead body is involved, white privileged men can still be viewed as justified in their actions because of fear. This reminds me of the TV show Brooklyn 99. Sergeant Terry Jeffords of the NYPD was stopped while looking for his child's lost toy. He was only let go once the officer that stopped him proved him to be a cop. Terry Jeffords said “I wasn’t stopped as a cop, I was stopped as a black man. And my kids, I couldn’t stop thinking about them. What if one day they get stopped like this and they don't have the police card? I don’t like that …show more content…
The book portrays various conflicts that are primarily internal. These conflicts revolve around different characters such as Jerome, Carlos, Officer Moore, Sarah, and Jerome's family. Jerome has a negative perception of white people because he had been killed by a white person, which caused a significant emotional impact on him. Carlos is struggling to admit that he provided the gun to Jerome, which ultimately led to his death. Officer Moore is facing difficulties during his preliminary hearing. Sarah, on the other hand, fails to acknowledge the existence of racism. In the meantime, the grief-stricken family of Jerome is constantly talking about him and fighting for justice in court. Carlos and Sarah are alike in that they are undermining their potentialities by not acknowledging their
Defending Jacob by William Landay is basically a crime television show in book format. When a fourteen-year-old boy is murdered in the small, quiet town of Newton, Massachusetts, assistant district attorney Andy Barber is assigned to the case. He is shaken because his own son, Jacob, was the same age and grade as the victim. That could’ve been my own child, Andy thinks. Then, in a shocking twist, the police charge Jacob Barber, Andy’s son, with the murder of his classmate.
According to statista, that in 2021 around 300-500 African Americans were killed by police and that it jumped higher in 2022 to 400-600? The critical literary novel Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes takes place in a Chicago neighborhood. Jerome is outside after school playing with his toy gun his friend Carlos gave him, when he is suddenly shot by police offers. The community is in disbelief and they are upset about Jerome's death. Ghost Boys by Rhodes incorporates symbolism, flashbacks and flashforwards, tone, as author craft moves in the novel.
The Atlanta Child Murders was a horrific event that took place in Atlanta, Georgia from 1979 through 1981. A lady named Tayari Jones, wrote a novel called Leaving Atlanta. In this novel, the reader learns what life was like during the murders through the perspective of children. One of the main characters in this novel is Rodney Green. Rodney is a very shy and troubled young boy who is kidnapped during the middle of the story.
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However, the biggest one is the man vs. circumstances problem that Sonny has with drugs. The whole story is based on Sonny’s drugs problems. Some parts of the story are related to Sonny’s past; before he started selling and consuming drugs, and then, the present, which are the consequences of Sonny’s acts. In addition, Jame has a man vs. circumstances problem as well. The death of James’ little daughter has him mentally affected, but this helped James to value more his family.
A coming-of-age story revolves around the growth of the main character throughout the book. Neil Gaiman is the author of "The Graveyard Book." The Graveyard Book is about a boy who is raised in a graveyard by supernaturals. The boy's name is Nobody Owens. Nobody Owens was the only survivor of his family's murders.
At one point the author describes the rising crime rates in Baltimore "Baltimore was now averaging over 3 hundred murders a year". (Moore 148). This is a clear example of a neighborhood that creates crime and doesn’t support its youth. This shows that Wes had to face diversity and challenges as soon as he was born. His neighborhood had fewer opportunities to do something good than something completely illegal.
CHAPTER 1 Themes: Racism, police brutality, code-switching, identity Connection: The protagonist, Starr, is introduced as a character who feels like she has to change her behavior and language depending on the situation, highlighting the theme of code-switching. Significant quote: "Funny how it works with white kids though. It's dope to be black until it's hard to be black" (p8) CHAPTER 2 Themes: Community, friendship, identity Connection: Starr's interactions with her friends and family show the importance of community and friendship in her life, and the struggles she faces with balancing her identity as a black person from a predominantly black neighborhood and as a student at a primarily white school.
In the midst of the tragic news of sonny’s being arrested the narrator is filled with so many emotions. But at the first thought of being arrested for heroin ones first thought is where does he live? Or what kind of people is he with? James Baldwin uses a great amount of detail when describing the scene of “Downtown Harlem” or “Enemy’s from opposite street corners in Downtown Harlem”. The author uses this great detail to add this important image to the reader to truly have the image of Harlem and all of the bad that comes from
In the book, we follow the mind of a 13-year-old boy named Jojo, a drug addict mother named Leonie, and a ghost of a child named Richie. Throughout the book, we learn about the many characters and their pasts. Jojo, his little sister Kayla, Leonie, and her friend Misty go to Parchman jail to pick up Micheal, Leonie’s boyfriend. Parchman is known for their harsh treatment towards prisoners and this is where Richie died. During this ride from the prison to back home, we learn about the secrets the family keeps from each other and about past events that connect to current events.
It starts with a very story-like introduction that seems as if you are about to enter a fantasy world, but it quickly gets serious in the first chapter describing the scene of Gareth, Jacob (JR’s little brother) discovering the bodies of his former friend and family in their home, covered in blood. The story unfolds in a rather surprising way; the police arrive at the grotesque scene to find the daughter who appears to be missing from the familial slaughter. The family is described with the highest regard with Marc and Debra (father and mother), as former substance abuse survivors that found each other and worked for everything they ever accomplished and held their family as their highest possession, as many family and friends are quick to point out.
Another aspect is that fighting amongst each gang is fostering a criminal environment. Throughout the book and when Mitchel turned his life around by contact of becoming friends with Elias Batrouney, I related with him, Mitchel. It has encouraged me to take a serious view of my life on what I wanted to do with my life and vocation, starting my apprenticeship in a school environment. Brendon Wild P.3 I enjoyed reading this book as the characters are boys and it is written in an area of controversy.
The book challenges Americans and how they treat American Values. The book exposed the truth of the white race and how they treated the black race. Throughout the novel white Americans did not value equality or progress and change. In Black Like Me whites did not believe in having a society the ideally treats everyone equally. When John Howard Griffin gets a ride from a white hunter, he tells him “I’ll tell you how it is here.