In the second book of his TRACK series, Reynolds tells the story of Patina, a girl trying to outrun the stress at home. Her father died several years ago and her mother has lost both legs to "The Sugar" (diabetes), so Patty and her sister live with their aunt and uncle in a loving, supportive home. In spite of this, Patty feels the pressure to take care of everyone: to stay in touch with her mom, to help out at home, to excel at school as well as on the track team. This new entry in the series is very well done - readers will root for Patty and eagerly await Reynolds's next TRACK book. For grades 4 and up.— Cathy
A New York Times Notable Children's Book A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in this follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Ghost by New York Times bestselling 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. Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons--to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she's been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she's not able to live with her "real" mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom's legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty's also running for her mom, who can't. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it's building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won't tolerate bad attitude. No day, no way. And now he wants Patty to run relay...where you have to depend on other people? How's she going to do THAT?