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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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Castle Crenshaw goes by the name Ghost because he is so fast, he’s invisible. Ghost is a runner on and off the track, but will he be able to outrun his past?

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

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

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Jan 18, 2019


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.

mko123 Nov 18, 2018

Ghost,a middle schooler in the inner city, has a dark secret aboutwhere he got his nick-name and his speed as runner. When he is given a chance to run on a team at a wealthy prep school, he is expected to follow high standards of behavior, on and off the track. But
only two weeks in, and Ghost messes up big time. However, Coach believes in Ghost, even if Ghost can't believe in himself. The author is sparing of words but he goes deep. I highly recommend anything by this young and gifted writer.

Nov 17, 2018

Fun, easy read with lots of depth; possibly targeted to a teen audience

Oct 17, 2018

A great story (unrealized running skills, athletic skills) and great character choice (young man in school from poor neighborhood), but author is a poor writer and doesn't yet have the wordsmith skills to get us interested in finding out how this young protagonist makes his way to his own dreams and successes. Strangely enough, a less described character - the mother of the young man - is much more interesting, much better described with only a line or two. The young man seems a bit dull and week, but his mother sounds powerful, funny, and a wonderful person.

JCLBeckyC Oct 16, 2018

This is a fast-paced book also manages to be full of nuance and thoughtful undertones. Every single kid in my Afterschool Book Club (ages 9-12) liked this book, many loved it. Highly recommended for reluctant readers or anyone looking for an inspirational story set in the inner city.

Banks_SusanC Oct 02, 2018

The first in the Track series, this is a great read. The characters are well-drawn and believable and it gave me an insight into track that I'd not had.

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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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