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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 REYNOLD
Characteristics: 181 pages ; 22 cm


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When the gun goes off, Ghost runs, and keeps running. MS

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Aug 25, 2020

Middle school/teen book

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jul 08, 2020

Listened to this one and As Brave As You back to back. Highly recommend the audio of both. The narrator (Guy Lockard) REALLY brings the characters to life. And what characters they are- even the secondary ones! I loved seeing Ghost discover an untapped talent (that ultimately leads to passion) while revealing himself to his gruff but kindhearted coach and supportive teammates. Never saccharine, always sincere. Jason Reynolds knows how to write a solid story. Looking forward to the others...

May 19, 2020

By : Jason Reynolds
Ages : 10 ~ 13
Castle Cranshaw lives in Glass Manor which is a town that very old. Castel has been running his whole life ever since his father tried to shoot Castle and his mom. (4 years later) Castle is out of school and goes to buy sunflower seeds from Mr.Charles. Castle is eating them when he stumbles upon track practice. There are a lot of people but one person keeps bothering him. Lu is the fastest one on the track team & Castle wants to challenge him. Castle and Lu run a 100 meter and end up tying. The Coach wants Castle to join the Defenders team. Castle says my sport is ball and walks away. Coach ran after him and said that if Castle joined the team he would be able to dunk by next year. Castle agrees to try. Coach talks to Castle’s mom, but there’s a catch. One mistake in school, and he is off the team. Will Castle be able to take home the First place ribbon? What is the real reason Coach wanted Castle on his team? Because of his speed? Or because Coach wanted to help Castle with his past issues? Read the book to find out.

I like all the twists in the book especially near the ending. I also liked how it ends in a cliffhanger so that it makes you want to read the next book.

May 08, 2020

I love books that use metaphor to tell a good story and Ghost does just that. After being traumatized by the night his drunk father tried to shoot him and his mom, Ghost’s running begins both literally and figuratively. When he joins the Defenders track team, he is doing more than just becoming an athlete. He is making new supportive friends; he is learning about perseverance, and the courage it takes to overcome life’s obstacles. All he needed for his jump start to get back on track was someone like his coach to believe in him. An authentic voice with often comical life observations, Ghost is one of those extremely likable characters you won’t forget.

May 07, 2020

This book is a great introduction to young adulthood for African American boys. It compels the reader to see the characters in the book as more than just book characters but friends to relate to in their everyday life.

Apr 02, 2020

Ghost is a wonderful and tear jerking story! Inspirational for all. The book teaches you that you don't have to be the person of your troubled life/childhood experiences... A great message that you control your life, by making different choices, surrounding yourself with people that believe in you, and have your back... and to believe in yourself! Another great lesson I learned is its not about winning or losing, it's about choices,love, family & friendships you make in life!
Thank you for such a wonderful book!
Very heartfelt! A book similar to this one is The Crossover.

Mar 13, 2020


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.

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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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