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Sunny


Series
Track

by
Jason Reynolds

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy
ISBN
9781481450218

Awards and Honors
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Children
Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth 2018
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth - 2018
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Sunny’s mother died giving birth to him. Sunny’s father blames him for her death. Track is the only connection between father and son; what will happen when Sunny quits?

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Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

176

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.5: points 4

Lexile

700L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

8

JLG Release

Sep 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Track and field. Fathers and sons. Family problems. Home schooling. Self-esteem. Diaries. Sports.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

As in Reynolds’s two previous novels in the Track series (Ghost, rev. 11/16; Patina, rev. 11/17), sports aren’t really the point here—certainly not for Sunny, the team’s best miler, who decides, just as he’s about to win a race, that he doesn’t want to be a runner and, in fact, never did. Coach’s subsequent suggestion that he take up the discus instead is cannily reflected in the novel’s structure, a series of diary entries that each spin around another incident or memory, cumulatively revealing the tragic origins of Sunny’s track career. The incantatory leanings of the prose sometimes tend toward repetitiveness, but the slow build of the story allows Sunny’s strengths and vulnerabilities to gain him a place in our hearts. When he finally throws the discus in competition—on the last page, no less—we are completely with him. -Roger Sutton, Horn Book

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

As in Reynolds’s two previous novels in the Track series (Ghost, rev. 11/16; Patina, rev. 11/17), sports aren’t really the point here—certainly not for Sunny, the team’s best miler, who decides, just as he’s about to win a race, that he doesn’t want to be a runner and, in fact, never did. Coach’s subsequent suggestion that he take up the discus instead is cannily reflected in the novel’s structure, a series of diary entries that each spin around another incident or memory, cumulatively revealing the tragic origins of Sunny’s track career. The incantatory leanings of the prose sometimes tend toward repetitiveness, but the slow build of the story allows Sunny’s strengths and vulnerabilities to gain him a place in our hearts. When he finally throws the discus in competition—on the last page, no less—we are completely with him. -Roger Sutton, Horn Book

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