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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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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.

Sep 10, 2018

My 7th grader and I both picked out this book without realizing it. It is so well-written and catches your attention. The author is clearly also a runner, because he gets the lingo & the feeling of running a race, passing a batton and finding your place on a team.

ArapahoeErinR May 14, 2018

Castle Crenshew aka Ghost has had a tough time and makes a few bad choices, but with the right adult influences and running in his life can he start to turn things around?

Apr 10, 2018

i think that the book was pretty good but the ending was so bad

Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

Young readers may find this story both thrilling and reassuring -- the rule-breaking seventh-grade hero makes a slew of poor choices, but the adults in his life continue to nurture him.

Jason Reynolds is quickly becoming one of the best storytellers in Children's/ YA lit. Ghost is no exception and at times feels reminiscent of Walter Dean Myers. But make no mistake, Castle is a unique character and I can't wait to see the rest of the story unfold.

Also great on audio.

May 27, 2017

What a terrible ending….it is forcing me to read the next book in the series to find out if Ghost wins his race. Okay, not such a terrible ending, but a great hook to get those non-readers into the next book. Ghost hasn’t had the best life. His temper gets him into a lot of trouble at school. The elderly grocery store owner sort of serves as a grandfather to him, and a chance meeting with a taxi driver who is a track coach helps him find focus for his actions. I just read this to get a taste of the series, but I now have to read the whole series Tracks.

LPL_LaurenT Apr 21, 2017

Castle Crenshaw has had a rocky go of it: he’s picked on at school, his parents have split, and money is tight. But Castle aka Ghost is fast. After running for his life, Ghost has acquired a “scream inside him” and speed which attracts the eye of the coach of the local track club. Ghost soon finds out that running isn’t only for getting away from your problems. I wanted this to be more of a book about running (former track runner here!), but I ultimately felt like this book needed a little more character development to knock my socks off.

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Jul 28, 2018

pink_elephant_747 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 21

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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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