Jerome is twelve years old when he is shot by the police and killed for playing with a toy gun in the park. Jerome was a good kid who never got in trouble. Loved by his parents and little sister, his spirit rises from his dead body and tries to find some meaning behind his death. Along the way, he encounters the ghost of Emmett Till and together they try to navigate the troubled waters of finding out if there can be any good to come out of their murders.
This was a powerful book. I chose to read it on what would have been Emmitt Till’s 78th birthday. It could be a great introduction of Emmitt Till to middle grade kids. Perhaps it is in books like this one that we can educate to gain empathy to the plight of others and the fact that racism and the unnecessary deaths of way too many black kids is a real societal problem that needs to be addressed decades after Emmitt Till.