There's no question that Castle Cranshaw has had a rough life, and he's got plenty of attitude to go along with it. His father's in prison for trying to kill him and his mother. They live in an apartment in Glass Manor and struggle from paycheck to paycheck. He's been running away from his life for so long that he needs to learn to run towards his future. When he crashes his way onto an elite track team after school one day, Castle's life begins to change. It looks like Coach and his teammates may just help him realize that's the best kind of race to run. A very strong start to a middle grade series from Jason Reynolds that's best for grades 5 and up.— Cathy
A National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award-winning author Jason Reynolds. Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team--a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons--it all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems--and running away from them--until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.