Uni High Reads

A book review blog of the Uni High Library

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

“Running. That’s all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race — and wins — the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?” – Goodreads

Ghost is a quick read that is perfectly paced, featuring dynamic, real-life conflict that feels fully developed but not over-wrought or childish. Ghost makes bad decisions, but he isn’t a bad kid, an important and complicated nuance. The focus on track and competition will have strong appeal for athletes who enjoy the thrill of winning, losing, and self-imposed expectations. Reynolds sets up this series so well with a good balance of internal and external conflict, teasing you with the interesting lives of these sequel novels that are all equally as compelling and addictive.

Last but not least, this amazing book has been showered with the following distinctions:

Odyssey Award Nominee (2017), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee (2018), Great Lakes Great Books Award for 6-8 (2018), NAIBA Book of the Year for Middle Readers (2017), NCTE Charlotte Huck Award (2017), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award Nominee (2019)

Call # Fiction R333g

Review by Vicki

Posted by Pietrus Victoria at 6:05 pm