Monday, February 13, 2017

This Librarian's Quick Picks: Ghost by Jason Reynolds

by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (August 2016)
Realistic Fiction


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. 

Why You'll Love It:

  • One of my most important author discoveries upon my move to middle school has to be Jason Reynolds. He is AMAZING, people, and a boon to reluctant reader advisory.
  • Reynolds perfectly captures both the pain and earnest longing of a young boy.
  • Ghost’s narration is candid and colloquial, reminiscent of such original voices as Bud Caldwell and Joey Pigza; his level of self-understanding is both believably childlike and disarming in its perception. 
Who Should Read It:

Perfect for 5th-9th graders.

What Else You Should Read:

1 comment:

Cheriee Weichel said...

I know. I also have a serious literary crush on Jason Reynolds. That man can really write!

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