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Ghost


Series
Track

by
Jason Reynolds

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9781481450157

Awards and Honors
2019 ORCA Award Winner, Middle School
2019 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Winner, Middle School
2019 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Winner
2019 White Award Winner, Grades 6-8
2019 MHL Award Honor, Division II
2018-2019 SC Junior Book Award Winner
2018-2019 VRC Award Winner, Middle
Indian Paintbrush Book Award 2018—2019 Nominee
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) 2018—2019 Nominee
The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
National Book Awards: Young People’s Literature, 2016 Finalist
SLJ’s Best Books of 2016, Middle Grade
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, Middle-Grade
NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children 2017, Winner
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016, Middle Grade
The New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2016, Middle Grade
New York Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids, Fiction
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2017, Older Readers
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth, Diverse Fiction
YALSA 2017 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
2017 Capitol Choices, Ten to Fourteen
YALSA 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Fiction
CSMCL Best Multicultural Books of 2016
2016 Cybils Award Winner, Middle Grade Fiction
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Abuse Reference/Discussion
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Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle-school track team, but his past is slowing him down.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Abuse Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

192

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

AR

4.6: points 6

Lexile

730L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

11

JLG Release

Oct 2016

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Sports and recreation. Cities. Track and field. Middle schools.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw lives with his single mother; his father is serving time in prison after firing a gun at Ghost and his mom three years ago—and Ghost has been running ever since. While running one day, he stops to watch a track practice and decides to crash the race. Impressed, the coach offers him a position on the team. His mom reluctantly agrees to let him join as long as he can behave himself and stay out of trouble in school. This is a struggle for the impulsive Ghost, but with Coach’s help, he learns the advantages of diligent practice and teamwork. Reynolds paints a realistic picture of a boy who needs the support of his community to channel his talent and energy. Supporting adult characters, like shop owner Mr. Charles and Coach, are positive, nuanced, and well-developed. The diverse team members are dealing with their own struggles, which will be explored in three future installments. The consequences for Ghost’s misbehavior are somewhat inconsistent, but the detailed and informative descriptions of running and training with an elite track team more than make up for this. VERDICT The focus on track athletics—a subject sorely lacking in the middle grade space—combined with the quality of Reynolds’s characters and prose, makes this an essential purchase.—Karen Yingling, Blendon Middle School, Westerville, OH

Horn Book

When it comes to providing mirrors for contemporary African American teens, Reynolds (When I Was the Greatest, rev. 1/14; The Boy in the Black Suit, rev. 3/15) has proven himself to be an emerging leader. His latest offering is the first in a projected series about four middle-school athletes and their efforts to better themselves, on and off the track. The first leg of this literary relay belongs to our title character. Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw is a young man with a taste for sunflower seeds, Guinness World Records, and people watching; he also has a proclivity for getting into trouble, fighting, and running, stemming from the night his father (now in prison) pulled a gun on him and his mother. When Ghost happens upon the citywide track team, the Defenders, at practice and impulsively bests its fastest sprinter, the coach sees potential in the seventh grader. Ghost’s path to seeing the same potential in himself is littered with stumbling blocks, including a pair of expensive silver running shoes Ghost can’t afford but is convinced will help him run faster. Reynolds has created a wonderfully dynamic character in Ghost; his first-person narrative is one with which young readers will readily identify. Conflicting emotions are presented honestly and without judgment—while Ghost works through the trauma of his father’s violent act, he is also able to hold on to positive memories. Reynolds’s introduction of the series characters—Ghost, Lu, Patina, and Sunny—will have readers rooting for the entire Defenders team. eboni njoku

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw lives with his single mother; his father is serving time in prison after firing a gun at Ghost and his mom three years ago—and Ghost has been running ever since. While running one day, he stops to watch a track practice and decides to crash the race. Impressed, the coach offers him a position on the team. His mom reluctantly agrees to let him join as long as he can behave himself and stay out of trouble in school. This is a struggle for the impulsive Ghost, but with Coach’s help, he learns the advantages of diligent practice and teamwork. Reynolds paints a realistic picture of a boy who needs the support of his community to channel his talent and energy. Supporting adult characters, like shop owner Mr. Charles and Coach, are positive, nuanced, and well-developed. The diverse team members are dealing with their own struggles, which will be explored in three future installments. The consequences for Ghost’s misbehavior are somewhat inconsistent, but the detailed and informative descriptions of running and training with an elite track team more than make up for this. VERDICT The focus on track athletics—a subject sorely lacking in the middle grade space—combined with the quality of Reynolds’s characters and prose, makes this an essential purchase.—Karen Yingling, Blendon Middle School, Westerville, OH

Horn Book

When it comes to providing mirrors for contemporary African American teens, Reynolds (When I Was the Greatest, rev. 1/14; The Boy in the Black Suit, rev. 3/15) has proven himself to be an emerging leader. His latest offering is the first in a projected series about four middle-school athletes and their efforts to better themselves, on and off the track. The first leg of this literary relay belongs to our title character. Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw is a young man with a taste for sunflower seeds, Guinness World Records, and people watching; he also has a proclivity for getting into trouble, fighting, and running, stemming from the night his father (now in prison) pulled a gun on him and his mother. When Ghost happens upon the citywide track team, the Defenders, at practice and impulsively bests its fastest sprinter, the coach sees potential in the seventh grader. Ghost’s path to seeing the same potential in himself is littered with stumbling blocks, including a pair of expensive silver running shoes Ghost can’t afford but is convinced will help him run faster. Reynolds has created a wonderfully dynamic character in Ghost; his first-person narrative is one with which young readers will readily identify. Conflicting emotions are presented honestly and without judgment—while Ghost works through the trauma of his father’s violent act, he is also able to hold on to positive memories. Reynolds’s introduction of the series characters—Ghost, Lu, Patina, and Sunny—will have readers rooting for the entire Defenders team. eboni njoku

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