Ghost

Ghost

Book - 2016
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"Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books For Young Readers,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781481450157
1481450158
9781481450164
1481450166
Characteristics: 181 pages ; 22 cm

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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.

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brangwinn
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.

kirstd31 Apr 07, 2017

Fun read! Castle loves to run. The only problem is he is trying to outrun his problems, until he meets Coach Otis and discovers what a team is.

SnoIsleLib_MonicaJ Mar 22, 2017

My 13 year old son and I read this aloud together and both enjoyed this story in the voice of Castle Crenshaw, AKA Ghost, who struggles with middle school, anger, impulsiveness and family problems. He finds a place on the track team and is pushed by an amazing coach who expects the best of him on and off the track.

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beckythecat1
Mar 11, 2017

A great book for a teenage person who is sorta into running, and winning.
A quick read.

AL_BETSY Feb 09, 2017

Ghost Cranshaw knows what he's running from (a traumatic childhood) but it isn't always clear what he's running toward. Is success really a possibility for someone like him? Can he make something out of his natural talent or will his anger issues get in the way? Upper elementary and middle school readers will understand why Ghost makes certain decisions - and will find themselves rooting for him and his track teammates. First in a new series, too, so there is more to come!

AL_MARY Jan 28, 2017

Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw has had a difficult past, which has resulted in the development of his natural ability to run really, really fast. He's quick to anger which often leads to challenges with a bully in school who's determined to point out Ghost's failings. But when he decides to crash local youth track team's practice and makes the team, he may just have found his way past his challenges - if they don't catch up to him. Accessible, powerful and, ultimately, hopeful. Appropriate for upper elementary and middle school; has some scary flashback scenes involving a gun and domestic violence.

VaughanPLRachelP Jan 03, 2017

Castle Cranshaw (goes by Ghost) doesn't have an easy life. His dad is in jail, and his mom tries to be there for him but she works full time and is going to school to try and give Ghost a better life. Kids in school make fun of him for his hand-me-downs and his haircut (which his mom gives him). But then he discovers running, and makes new friends on his track team. Is that enough for Ghost to outrun his past? This book deals with tough issues like bullying, poverty, and gun violence in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner. Recommended for kids 10+.

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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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SnoIsleLib_MonicaJ Mar 22, 2017

SnoIsleLib_MonicaJ thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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