Tuesday, January 24, 2017

GHOST by Jason Reynolds.  New York: Athenum Books for Young Readers, 2016.  180p. ISBN 9781-48145015-7 hc. $16.99    Gr. 4-7    JUV FIC

Castle Cranshaw prefers if people call him "Ghost" because he runs so fast, they'll think they saw a ghost.  In addition to running fast, he has a penchant for getting into situations that practically make him a permanent resident of the detention room.  His bravado almost gets him into trouble, once again, when he notices a group of runners on the track and challenges one to a race.  Instead, the coach invites him to join the team .... if he can stay out of trouble.  Readers will be taken on an exciting line-up of events, some serious and some humorous, that eventually have a life changing impact on Ghost, as he gets to know and respect the members of his running team.  Quite a few students will relate to the main character, who doesn't always do the right thing the first time, but learns from his mistakes.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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