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Grades 4 - 8Grade 5n/a4.639562
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.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on August 30, 2016 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
ISBN-10: 1481450158
ISBN-13: 9781481450157
25 Book Reviews
  • jayce_ferris
    jayce_ferrisabout 2 months55 stars
    The book Ghost is part of a series by Jason Reynolds. This series includes other books like Patina, Sunny, and Lu. The book takes place in a poor neighborhood called “Glass Manor”. The story revolves around Castle Cranshaw (Ghost) and his friends from track. The story includes topics on stereotypes, racism, perseverance, and friendship. This book is extremely well-written; it includes plot twists, lots of drama, and imagery through the use of metaphors. I give this book five stars and recommend it to almost everyone! -Jayce Ferris
    • daniel0613
      daniel06133 months55 stars
      Another poignant, engaging, exciting novel that combines middle school, sports, and life lessons from Coretta Scott King Honor author Jason Reynolds. Ghost is the kind of story readers carve out time for because they won't want to put it down.
      • fireblaster100
        fireblaster1004 months33 stars
        Its about a boy named Castle (nickname Ghost) trying out for track thinking it's gonna suck. However the more and more he does practice the better he gets, and the more friends he makes. Track helps him in life, he doesn't just run around in circles, but also is trying to run away from the scary moments he had in his past time. Keep on reading and soon figure out how the ways friends always help you in times of need.
        • wolfy_blue
          wolfy_blueabout 1 year
          I never read it but maybe I will.
          • mooking
            mookingover 1 year55 stars
            Great book!!
            • lovetoread26
              lovetoread26almost 2 years55 stars
              I received this book as a birthday present and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was shocked! Castle Cranshaw, A.K.A. Ghost, has a sad and dangerous past. While waiting for the bus one day, he sees kids running at the track across the street. Fascinated, he watches and eventually runs along with them. He meets Coach, who gives him an immediate spot on the team. Ghost is bullied in school, and he takes his anger out on others. Coach helps Ghost manage his feelings with running, and they turn out to have similar pasts. When Ghost steals, Coach teaches him a lesson and makes Ghost realize that he should do the right thing. Ghost gets over the hurdle of his anger and his past and falls in love with running. You are sure to love this book!
              • ty_capalot1
                ty_capalot1over 2 years
                this book is good
                • ty_capalot1
                  ty_capalot1over 2 years
                  I read this book it was good for people who do track
                  • kk_smith
                    kk_smithalmost 3 years
                    this book is a good read for people in to misterys and thrill
                    • thebookgeek
                      thebookgeekabout 3 years55 stars
                      This start to the Track series is a really cool story of a troubled boy that finds running track to be his happy place. I recomend reading the other books in the series!