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Ghost (RUN SERIES): 1

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He’s never thought about running, but he joins the track team and it gives him a focus and a way to work through his difficult feelings. Ghost touches on thievery, drug abuse, gun violence, bullying, honesty, family dynamics, friendship, and finding healthy ways to channel anger and hurt into positive action.

I loved that Ghost isn't perfect but that the consequences take a while to show up (not as didactic as some middle readers can be. But he's not just running toward the finish line, he's running away from his past and the anger he's got buried inside.A total delight from start to finish, Ghost is a deceptively simple story about 13-year-old urban black kid Castle Crenshaw, aka “Ghost.

It kept me engaged and it was enthralling to read from the perspective of Ghost (Castle Cranshaw) , about his thoughts and choices made which were closely linked to his circumstances and past events. Coach snatched the towel from his shoulder, folded into a perfect square, and set it in the space between us. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?

Then he’d shake up the seeds in his palm like dice, before throwing another bunch in his grill to chomp down on. One day while killing time in the park, he stumbles upon a track practice and ends up racing one of the fastest kids on the team—and winning. Or Ghost saying later, “… for something to make you feel tough, you gotta be a little bit scared of it at first. It's real, it has a very strong voice and character (I'm actually sad that the rest of the books in the series are supposed to be about other characters), and it's about a sport/fitness activity that a lot of people can do easily: we need more lit about stuff like this.

both cowritten with Jason Griffin); and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. I doubt anyone has ever run any statistics on it, but if you were to gather together all the children’s sports books and group them by type, the baseball books would undoubtedly outweigh all the others 2:1. Coach gives him some much needed direction, and helps to guide him, and he ends the book in a much more positive place than he started. And She Could Not Find a Single Young Adult Fiction Book about a male-identified person of African Descent who runs.I’ve been trying to read some boys marketed to boys to round out my librarian knowledge and this was a great start.

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