This 2016 National Book Award finalist is a story that kids will devour as they root for middle-schooler, Ghost, a natural-born running talent, who gets a chance to be part of the Defenders track team. He needs to prove to his Mom, his Coach, and himself that he can stay out of trouble to stay on the team. Staying out of trouble isn’t easy for Ghost, haunted by his past and taunted and bullied at school for being poor. It’s a bumpy road, but with the support of his coach and new friends on the team, Ghost starts learning that as fast as he is, he can’t run away from himself. Ages 10-14.— Sharon
A National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.
Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award-winning author Jason Reynolds.
Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team-a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.
Running. That's all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons-it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems-and running away from them-until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?