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Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school's track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with a violent father.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481450157
Branch Call Number: J Reynolds
Characteristics: 181 pages ;,22 cm


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Also available as an eBook and an audiobook CD.

This is a great book! It is funny and interesting while also dealing with serious topics like bullying and family violence in the life of a middle-schooler. It is the 1st book in the "Track" series. National Book Award Finalist 2016.

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Jan 02, 2020

castle cranshaw, Aka Ghost is walking home from scoooooooooool when he stops and whatches a track team practice. the coach is saying how good one boy is, and he thinks hes fsaster

bibliosara Jul 05, 2019

Castle Crenshaw's life is turned around when he joins a local track team and becomes Ghost. Gifted with speed, Castle struggles to be productive in his day-to-day life. When he is persuaded to join the local track team, he introduces himself as Ghost. Coach's expectations are difficult to meet, though, and he finds himself struggling to relate to his teammates. Hardest of all, though, is the temptation to run from a painful past. But unexpected similarities might just make them a team after all… An excellent book for all ages. Reynold's gift at making a juvenile novel both readable and somehow lyrical is astonishing and unexpected, but incredibly welcome in a literary world where writing for juveniles can be formulaic and stiff.

May 21, 2019

Fast-paced and entertaining, with enough humor to balance out the heavier aspects of the book. Ghost's friendship with the other "newbies" is believable and you can't help but root for him to pull himself together enough to keep running. Another fantastic book from Jason Reynolds.

ChiPubLib_Kids Mar 08, 2019

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award 2019 Winner

vm510 Feb 11, 2019

This book was so enjoyable. It's full of energy, it's fast-paced, and it's got great believable characters. I loved the audiobook experience.

Jan 14, 2019

This book will be very well received by kids who are resistant to reading, but love to be active -- especially in track. Castle Crenshaw (Ghost) is the first kid we meet in this new series about a track team that brings hope to inner city kids. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 31, 2018

Jason Reynolds is wonderful, but there's a reason that this series is getting so much love. Ghost is such a relateable, likable lead for the first installment in this series! JCLS has this in teen, but this is very much a middle grade novel with a middle school setting. Excellent on audio! Now that I'm thoroughly smitten, can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Dec 14, 2018

“Trouble is, you can't run away from yourself." Coach snatched the towel from his shoulder, folded into a perfect square, and set it in the space between us. "Unfortunately," he said, "ain't nobody that fast.”

Castle "Ghost" Crenshaw drags you into his running story from the very first couple of chapters and does not let you go all the way till the last - breath-holding - page of this book. I sat down to read it and when I looked up - I felt like I was the one who had run the sprint. This book is great reminder of what an activity that your passionate about, can do for a young kid - if focused into the right way. If you really liked this book, please read the next one in the series. This book leaves you with a cliffhanger and if you want to know what happens next so you can finally breath again - the next one is definitely a book you should put on your list.

Dec 13, 2018

Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw has been running most of his young life, ever since his father tried to shoot him and his mother one drunken night. He’s good at it, but his true dream is being a basketball star. After defeating the fastest kid at a closed track practice, he’s invited to join the team on one condition: no more trouble at school or otherwise. He finds he really likes running, but will one bad decision ruin his chances of running in his first meet? Able to connect to teens of all ages, Ghost questions short vs long term happiness and can help readers make that decision for themselves.

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May 21, 2019

stepha89 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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Jan 06, 2019

Call me Ghost

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2016

You can't run away from who you are, but what you can do is run toward who you want to be.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2016

"Trouble is, you can't run away from yourself." Coach snatched the towel from his shoulder, folded into a perfect square, and set it in the space between us. "Unfortunately," he said, "ain't nobody that fast."


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May 21, 2019

Violence: A huge aspect of the book is that Ghost's abusive father is in prison for trying to kill him and his mother. It's not graphic, but there are references to it throughout the book.


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