24th January 2022 matt mudie

Greetings from Ipswich Tuition Centre!

This past month I’ve read and really enjoyed a book called Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes. It would be suitable for any Secondary School student, and would be an excellent way to have discussions with students about #blacklivesmatter.

The book compares two murders; the real life murder of Emmett Till in 1955 and the fictional murder of a boy called Jerome in current day Chicago. The author examines the progress that has been made in the treatment of black children and finds it lacking. Sensitively written and with a lightness that helps turn the page, it is easy to relate to the story of Jerome, who experiences some situations and feelings that schoolchildren across the world do.

At Ipswich Tuition Centre we are often asked to recommend good books for our students to read. I recommend Ghost Boys because race can be a difficult topic to talk about and this book will get the family talking. It will help students understand some current affairs and the history of the civil rights movement.

I’d love to hear comments from anybody else who has read the book! Let me know what you think by going to our Contact Us form.

Matt Mudie