Sunday, February 3, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
TLC PDA (N110 LC)

Please register online. TLC credit: traditional, REACH

Please Note: The first 25 students to sign up will be eligible to get a free book. Books will be available for pick up at the front counter in the Teacher Leader Center, N110 Lindquist. Participation in this book club is free, however, if you register and don’t attend our book club meeting, we will charge your UBill for the cost of the book ($20.00). This includes last minute calls that you are sick.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Set in an impoverished Chicago neighborhood, this somber story blends history with current events. Jerome Rogers, a black 12-year-old, is playing outside with a toy gun when he is shot and killed by a white policeman who views him as a threat. Now Jerome wanders the earth with other “ghost boys” whose deaths are all connected to bigotry. Ironically, the only human who can see Jerome is Sarah, the young daughter of the officer who took his life. Jerome meets the ghost of Emmett Till and learns the horrific details of his murder. Emmett, like the other ghost boys, cannot rest until the world is swept clean of discriminatory violence; maybe Jerome can help if he can make Sarah understand that her father’s act was a result of deeply ingrained racism. Rhodes writes in short, poetic chapters that offer graphic depictions of avoidable tragedies; her hope for a better world packs a powerful punch, delivering a call to action to speak out against prejudice and erase harmful misconceptions.