Running. That's all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) 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 is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?...
|Title||:||Ghost (Track #1)|
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Ghost (Track #1) Reviews
Reynold's voice here for Ghost is authentic, consistent, and raises this from an enjoyable beginning to a series to something more. Superb dialog, real situations, fabulous description (I can just see the shoes), and impressive characters. Having trained with a coach as part of an adult track club decades ago I can vouch for the authenticity of the workouts, say those "fart licks" (the real term is fartlek ---a Swedish word for exactly what Ghost and his team mates do). I look forward to further ...more
Jason Reynolds' dialogue and characters feel so real to me, and when the characters do things, even things I don't particularly like, as Ghost does at one point in this story, I follow along, knowing Reynolds will take me on an interesting journey.
Ghost and his mother are not well off; his father attempted to shoot them one drunken night, and Ghost retains a certain amount of fear and desire to run from that traumatic night. His mother, meanwhile, is struggling financially, and is studying to be ...more
I thought this was a good book with a really good plot to it and I thought it showed how sometimes because of your skin color you were treated differently. So start reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wish I would have had this book alongside all my Beverly Cleary books back in middle school. Like Cleary, Jason Reynolds clearly remembers what it was to be a kid — the private humiliations, the silliness, the outsized misconceptions, the way the tiniest bit of support can change a day.
When I go out to the schools to booktalk, twelve books in tow, I occasionally get the question of which of the year's books is my personal favorite. I have a couple favorites this year (like most years), but this one is almost always the first I mention. Largely because it's the first of its kind.
Last year, the national Summer Reading Theme was sports. When preparing the district teen booklist, my coworker was in charge of including Running/Track books. And She Could Not Find a Single Young Adul ...more
This was just a pitch perfect middle grade / youngish YA book that was a total delight from start to finish. I’ve been trying to read some boys marketed to boys to round out my librarian knowledge and this was a great start. I have to say that as someone who has very little interest in sports, I was surprised at how much I liked this story about a 13-year-old urban black kid Castle Crenshaw, aka “Ghost,” joining a track team. More than just a sports story, it was a sensitive, realistic look at a ...more
This is a generalization, but in my experience librarians really enjoy reading within their comfort zones. They’ll travel outside of them from time to time but always they return to the books that they like the most. Children’s librarians are just the same. The fantasy readers stick to fantasy. The realism fans go with realism. Graphic novel readers with comics. When I served on a yearly committee of librarians in New York I’d notice that some books were difficult to get anyone to read. Horse bo ...more
I am beyond excited that Jason Reynolds now has middle grades books to share with our younger students, and even more so that he is starting a series! Ghost is a great start and introduction to these characters and this neighborhood.
This story held me captivated the whole way through. There is a lyrical nature to Jason's writing, and an authenticity to the characters, that makes me want to crawl into their world. I can see so many of my students in his characters lives, actions, thoughts, and c ...more