This is the second book that I've read by him and was not let down by a long shot. You could pass this book to hundreds of kids and they will love it. Even though it is only 180 pages, I found myself absolutely bored and took about a month-long break after getting halfway through. Sort of. Ghost always just ran without a problem. My favorite of this book is when Ghost and his new friends go to the ‘newbie’ dinner and each have to share a secret that they’ve never told anyone else. Short, sweet, funny and powerful. Nonfiction could take some prodding. Ghost is not a caricature of a middle school boy growing up in the projects with a single mother: Jason Reynolds embodies this boy from the inside out, makes him breathe, and come to life. Delighted that Jason Reynolds is writing a series for middle grade readers, so kids can grow up with his books. Start studying Ghost. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Excited to plunge into Patina. Nope, his game has always been ball. I felt like Ghost was actually sitting with me and telling me the story. I see Ghost as a kid who has experienced trauma and was reacting to it. All I can say is, that was the night he ran the fastest. MahoganyBooks is an online bookstore that believes in social entrepreneurship. 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 took my month break after what should have been the impetus for major conflict. 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). The sport gives him purpose and helps him uncover his courage. Of middle-grade education professionals and middle-grade novel enjoyers, I am definitely in the minority of this one. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is tr. Capturing a middle school boy - on paper - takes some real skills. That's all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. Largely because it's the first of its kind. 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. Jason Reynolds inaugurates his new Track series with Ghost, the story of young Castle Cranshaw, who discovers something about himself the night his father shoots at him and his mother: He can run fast. Ghost focuses on the challenges faced by a young boy who goes by the nickname of Ghost. Was this book fast paced? I would highly recommend the audio for this title! We’d love your help. The enjoyment she receives from reading comes from the sense of adventure each book provides as well as imagining the stories in her head. I can't say that I hated Ghost, but I also can't say that I liked him. Everybody’s secret was kind of surprising to me except Ghost’s. He is a natural runner. PBS’s The Great American Read: List of America’s Top 100 Books, [Poll Ballot] Ghost by Jason Reynolds - 4 stars, (Poll Ballot Tally) Ghost by Jason Reynolds - 4 stars, Jacqueline Woodson Shares Her Favorite Books. I had such high hopes for this book to be a companion read to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander with my 6th graders. His dad’s been in jail three years now, but Ghost still feels the trauma, which is probably at the root of the many “altercations” he gets into at middle school. This is the second book that I've read by him and was not let down by a long shot. Black History Makers: Earl G. Graves, Sr. Black History Makers: Happy Birthday James Baldwin, Review from a Young Reader’s Perspective: Ghost, MahoganyBooks + Very Smart Brothas 2020 Book Club…, Black History Makers: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Quick Review: The Name Negro It’s origin and Evil Use, Brilliant Black Kids Book Bundle for Lower…, Reviews from a Young Readers’ Perspective: BOOKED. Ghost focuses on the challenges faced by a young boy who goes by the nickname of Ghost. But, I couldn't help but think that all the characters were one-dimensional stereotypes. Ghost, Patina, and Sunny are perfect for younger middle school students. When Castle was a kid he had a great father (although he would get drunk sometimes); but one night everything changed. Actually it only took me a day to finish it. Jason Reynolds was born is Washington D.C and raised in Maryland. Ghost never thought that he would be on the track team, he had always been a basketball player, but one day everything changed and he found himself there. It made him think way beyond his culture, which is a fantastic thing. We went to Antioch together, and were in the same hall. projects, and ice skating with her friends. The book Ghost is written by Jason Reynolds. 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. Welcome back. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him? Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it al. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. The fantasy readers stick to fantasy. Even though it is only 180 pages, I found myself absolutely bored and took about a month-long break after getting h, Of middle-grade education professionals and middle-grade novel enjoyers, I am definitely in the minority of this one. Author Main Characters Children’s librarians are just the same. I read this after my middle daughter recommended. After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, Jason Reynolds moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. 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.