BIPOC Kids SEPT. Book-Club


Welcome to Book Club!

This is a BIPOC space for a kids monthly book club. All books have an audio option as not all kids read at the same time,. My son is 9 yrs so all books chosen will be around tween-age. In the age of Covid we are looking to build friendships while creating empowered educated kids! For each current month I will post this newsletter it will discussion topics & learning themes. Below are links to the book in ditgital, paperback and audio form as well as a book review form . Logan & I are super excited to meet with you all .

Happy Reading!

Ghost Boys

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better. Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing. Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father's actions. Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today's world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.

WHEN : MONDAY Sep 07, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM


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Themes for Discussion

  • Racism
  • Honesty .
  • Prejudice
  • Compassion
  • Gun Violence .
  • Bullying
  • Remembering the Past
  • Justice
  • Privilege
  • Grief
  • Friendship

Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think the novel begins with Jerome’s death? How did the alternating time periods affect your reading of the story?
  2. Why does Carlos bring a toy gun to school? Why might he feel like it is the best way to protect himself from bullies?
  3. Why does Jerome take the toy gun even though it feels wrong?
  4. Had you heard about Emmett Till before reading Ghost Boys? If so, what did you know about him? What did you learn about him?
  5. Why is Sarah the only person who can see Jerome and Emmett?
  6. At the court hearing, the defending lawyer accuses Officer Moore of “racial bias” (page 86). What does he mean? How can a person be biased without realizing it?
  7. At the hearing, Officer Moore says, “I was in fear for my life” (page 131), and that is why he shot Jerome even though Jerome was running away. Jerome wonders, “When truth’s a feeling, can it be both? Both true and untrue?” (page 118). Why is the truth so hard to determine in these situations?
  8. How did you feel when the judge announced that Officer Moore would not be charged with a crime? Why do you think Jewell Parker Rhodes chose this verdict?
  9. Before Jerome moves on, he convinces Sarah to speak to her father about fighting racial prejudice even though she doesn’t want to. Why is this Jerome’s final act?
  10. At the end of the book, Jerome realizes that he and the other ghost boys are able to communicate with certain people so they can “bear witness” to the ghost boys’ stories. What does this mean? How does bearing witness tie into the statement, “Only the living can make the world better” (page 203)?
  11. After reading this novel, how can you make the world better?

Need a learning sample for language arts or just want to document your learning use this free PDF editable book review form

Meeting Dates

All meetings will be held online starting at 1:00 pm.

Monday , Sept 7 Discussing the book Ghost Boys

Monday , October 5 Discussing the book Wishtree

Monday , November 9 Discussing the book Harbor Me

Monday , December 14 Discussing the book Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows

Monday , January 11 Discussing the book What Lane?




  1. Read the Book and use the discussion questions
  2. Login to Zoom via link sent after registration
  3. Book -Club meeting will be broken down into (3)-15 min
  • (1st 15 min) Kids / Parents Introducing themselves : Name & current Favorite Thing
  • (2nd 15 min ) Discussion Questions
  • (3rd 15 min ) What are you learning from the story? / Talk about next month book / Talk where kids can connect in other spaces.