Wednesday, March 13, 2019

GHOST by Jason Reynolds

Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
pub date: August 30, 2016

Finalist, National Book Awards 2016 for Young People's Literature

Flap copy:
Running. That's all that Ghost (real name Castle Crenshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race--and wins--the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he tries to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up with him?

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Ghost's dad is in jail for a terrible something (no spoilers here!) that happened three years ago. Ghost was in fourth grade at the time, and it still haunts him. His mother works long hours so she can improve their lives, but this leaves Ghost bored and with time on his hands. When he comes across a track team practicing at the park, an opportunity for something entirely new to Ghost arises--but it comes with a whole new set of challenges.

There is so much to appreciate in Ghost, the first book in Jason Reynolds's Track Series. The layers of scars Ghost has from the night his father was arrested, the details of living with less money--it all feels real. Ghost is an endearing, wonderfully-flawed character. I love the voice and the relationships in this book, and I especially love the hope in it.

Your turn! Have you read any of Jason Reynolds's Track Series? What are you reading now?


Donna said...

Wow. I haven't heard of this series. Thanks for the heads up.

Jemi Fraser said...

That sounds like a terrific book!!! Thanks for the tip!
I'm currently on a re-read of the LotR 1st book - needed a comfort read :)

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Donna and Jemi! You're so welcome!

Jemi, I totally get it! :)

DMS said...

I read Ghost and enjoyed it. I agree that Reynolds did an awesome job creating a story that seemed very real and a main character with flaws and character traits that made you really care about them. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, yet. Great review!

Dawn Simon said...

Thank you, Jess! I have not yet read the other books, either, but I'd like to!