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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. The book received starred reviews from Booklist, [3] Publishers Weekly, [4] and Kirkus, [1] as well as positive reviews from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and Horn Book Magazine. I had such high hopes for this book to be a companion read to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander with my 6th graders.

It's no secret that I love everything with Jason Reynolds's name on it, but GHOST was really something special. Now I take my time, moving them around, positioning them for the perfect bite to pop open the shell, then carefully separating the seed from it with my tongue, then—and this is the hard part—keeping the little seed safe in the space between my teeth and tongue, I spit the shells out.In a world where men from countries in Africa have the world records in foot-speed, shouldn't we have teen fiction modeling that?

This novel was just so satisfying because Jason really introduced Ghost's struggles, and everyone else's, in a way that a younger child could understand. If this went like the movies, I was either going to score the game-winning touchdown (which is impossible in track) or . He is still piecing things together and he carries a lot of anger, which leads him to challenge the fastest member of the track team and beat him in an unofficial race. 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. I used to just put a whole bunch of them in my mouth at the same time, suck all the salt off, then spit them all out machine-gun-style.It is the first book of Reynold's Track series, followed by Patina (2017), Sunny (2018), and Lu (2018). It also doesn’t provide easy answers, or present sports as a magical solution for black teen boys, and it resists tropes associated with this kind of narrative. I don’t know a whole lot about sunflowers, but I know they’re pretty and girls like them, and I know the word sunflower is made up of two good words, and that man ain’t got two good words in him, or anything that any girl would like, because girls don’t like men who try to shoot them and their son.

As I've stated in my previous thoughts, Ghost (Castle) is such a complex character and it's through his complexity that readers are truly able to appreciate the story as a whole. And as Coach takes him under his wing, Ghost discovers that even if you can’t run away from where you come from, you can run towards where you want to be. Middle class kids are remarkably good at ignoring their own privilege while kids like Ghost become almost invisible. Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. I had my head sandwiched between the mattress and my pillow, something I got used to doing whenever they were going at it, when my mom crashed into my bedroom.Ghost, otherwise known as Castle Crenshaw, is a boy on the run, a kid who runs fast and doesn’t look back. 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.

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