Ghost – Jason Reynolds

Ghost

By Jason Reynolds

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books 2016 – 192 Pages – Genre: Realistic fiction, Sports fiction

Review by WFE Student T.L. & NMS Student A.R. with publisher’s description

This book keeps you turning the page. It is perfect for anyone wanting to relate to a book deeply. Jason Reynolds does a magnificent job making the reader feel like they know the characters. In this book, Ghost learns about himself through running track, facing his consequences, and building relationships. This is a must read for anyone in 5th-8th grade! Good news, if you enjoy this book, there are 3 more in the series to enjoy after it. – T. L., a WFE Student

Ghost by Jason Reynolds is a realistic fiction book about a seventh grade boy named Castle ̈Ghost ̈ Cranshaw. Castle has a hard life. He had a very traumatic childhood and grew up poor. When he was a child, his drunken father shot a pistol at his mother after an argument. Luckily, he and his mother escaped and went to Mr Charles ́s local market. His father went to jail for 10 years. He has not seen his father since the incident. Castle is not good in school, and he is always getting into fights and does not have the best grades. One day after school, he sees the school track team practicing. The coach invites him to play, and his mother agrees as long as Castle stays out of trouble. Castle ́s coach wants him to succeed but does not want him to get into trouble. Castle has a hard time avoiding the trouble, so he also has a hard time staying on the team. You would like this book if you like realistic fiction and sports books. – A. R., a NMS Student

Publisher’s description – Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started 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 sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Available through SORA as an audiobook and e-book.