Sunny by Jason Reynolds


Sunny Lancaster is a winner. Wih-winner. When it comes to the 1600 meter, Sunny can beat anyone by, well, a mile. But for Sunny, winning is boring. Buh-boring. Truth is, Sunny doesn't like running. Never has. What Sunny really loves... is dancing.The boom-bap bap of his teacher. Aurela's dance routines beats the chick chick chick of his track meets any day. Sunny loves his team, though, so he can't quit, but he also can't be on a track team not r...

Details Sunny

Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherAtheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Sports and Games, Sports, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Sunny

  • Jen Petro-Roy
    I don't think Jason Reynolds can write a bad book.
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I loved this book so, so much.
  • steph
    I listened to the audio book narrated by Guy Lockard*This book was FANTASTIC. It is the 3rd book in the Track series and it follows 12-year-old Sunny Lancaster, the #1 middle distance runner of the Defenders. Sunny does one thing on the team, he runs and he wins, he runs and he wins, he runs and he wins, he runs and he wins. But Sunny doesn’t particularly like running, instead, he wants to do something different. I will admit that I have read t...
  • Abby Johnson
    Another hit in the track series. I love this series and the audiobooks are just great. Sunny's kind of a weirdo. He's the master of the mile on his track team and always wins his races, but he doesn't really enjoy it. He runs for his mom who died when he was born. She ran and his dad has always told Sunny that the way to honor her would be to run. But Sunny's done with running. He wants to dance instead. And he's afraid that he won't be allowed t...
  • Kristen
    Edelweiss provided me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Sunny's story is very different than that of Ghost or Patina. First, his story is a series of diary entries--a diary he keeps to help control all the thoughts and ideas swirling around in his head. And Sunny's brain doesn't process things like other kids ( that I'm typing that...his brain probably processes things like A LOT of other kids)--he jumps from tho...
  • Alicia
    Fast-paces both in its use of white space as Sunny writes in his diary and in how Reynolds keeps us moving through Sunny’s world where his birthday is coming up- which also means that it’s the day his mother died. Sunny has to finally soon share with his coach and his father that he doesn’t want to run anymore- it is what his father wants because that’s what his mother did. But he wants to dance and Coach, being his usual awesome mentor s...
  • Aliza Werner
    Gobbled SUNNY up from cover to cover this morning. Number 3 in the series makes these kids' lives more real every time. Run. Dance. Throw. Just move. Jason Reynolds, you can do no wrong! Wih-winner!
  • Stefani Sloma
    Oh man. Sunny. I've been waiting for your book. Written entirely in diary entries, SUNNY is beautiful, sensitive, and an absolute masterpiece like all of Jason's books. I thought the way that Jason represents Sunny's love of music and dancing, the way that he sees the world, was really cool. I think this is my favorite of the series.
  • Jeimy
    My favorite book in the series thus far. As a teacher, I see so many possibilities with this book. The most obvious one is to teach stream of consciousness, but I would love to share this book with students and teachers to foster empathy and understanding of people with ADD or ADHD—the book never says Sunny has attention deficit, but it is clear that he does.
  • Alexa L
    Such an absolutely fantastic third book in one of my favorite series. I know I’m obsessed with Jason Reynolds, but Guy, the narrator absolutely killed it. This audiobook was life changingly great
  • Mary
    Reynolds' track series has so much heart and "Sunny" is touching. I cried. Written in diary style the reader gets up close and personal with main character Sunny. We see his odd way with words, clever word play, jumpy trains of thought, and how he talks to himself. Having a direct look into Sunny's inner workings, stream of consciousness, takes a little getting used to but the pay off is wonderful. Sunny's mother died shortly after his birth, pie...
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Sunny Lancaster is one of the fastest members of the Defenders track team. His race is the mile, and he always comes in 1st place. There’s one problem though. Sunny hates to run! He only does it because his father, Darryl, has always encouraged him to run to “make his mother proud.” Sunny feels guilty, for his mother passed away the day he was born. He feels responsible, even calling himself a murderer. Sunny lives his life for his mother, ...
  • Clare Lund
    Okay... I liked Ghost and loved Patina, but Sunny is my absolute favorite of the Track series so far! Jason Reynolds dedicated this one "To the weirdos," and aptly so. Sunny's story is told through diary entries, which I found sincere and very relatable. The scattered inner monologue voice takes a bit of getting used to, but it works very well and makes him all the more endearing. Sunny's raw feelings about the mother he never knew (she died from...
  • Desiree
    I loved the latest installment of Jason Reynolds's track series. His books explore many difficult issues effecting our kids. Sunny is a young man who excels at running long distances but, doesn't love it. It doesn't fit his personality but he's having a hard time telling his father that he'd like to try something different. He runs for his mother who died giving birth to him. He runs for his father whose intense grief separates them. He runs for ...
  • Cindy Dobrez
    I loved Ghost and liked Patina and I think I may love Sunny even more than Ghost! This kid won my heart on page nine with a beautiful passage about crying and breathing and not crying and not breathing as he relates that his mother died giving birth to him. I stopped breathing for a long beat myself. And by page 41 Sunny is so nervous to confront his coach who is mad at him that he "wanted to puke myself out of myself, like blooepp and just lay t...
  • Cassie Thomas
    Jason Reynolds has a way with words, as if most of us don’t already know that. The third installment to his Track series, Sunny is an insight into Sunny’s life on and off the track. The best lesson I can take away is when life gets you down, seems hard, be weird like Sunny, and dance.
  • Alyssa
    All the best of Jason Reynolds, and audio by Guy Lockard (when in doubt, listen to Jason Reynolds books!). Took me a while to warm up to this book, I think it reminded me too much of my teen, whose thoughts and conversations are all over the place and can be exhausting!But Sunny is so sweet, and such a touching story, and the interactions with his father, and friends, visits to the hospital, all great. And the end of course leaves me with a few t...
  • Shelly
    Sunny is definitely a great continuation in an already great series. I just need these books to stop ending on cliffhangers because it's too suspenseful for me!
  • Theresa Grissom
    Thanks to Edelweiss Plus for an advanced copy of this book!Jason Reynolds is a master storyteller! Each book I read brings me to like him more. I adore this Track series. Sunny is told by diary entries so it's a bit different than the first two. I will never tire of reading Jason's books.
  • Brittany
    This was such a powerful and emotional book. It’s my favorite in the series so far. Sunny lost his mother at birth and he’s always considered himself in debt to her. He runs for her honor and he’s great at it, except it’s not what his heart wants. Sunny has a difficult relationship with his father and the distance between them is one of the main subjects of the diary entries that make up this book.Sunny speaks to “Diary” as if it’s ...
  • Tamsyn
    I liked this book because it changed the focus on the running part of the track team when Sunny, king of the mile race, decides to stop in the middle of the race. Learning about his somewhat unusual home life (widowed father, still actively grieving for more than 10 years, homeschool teacher, visits to the cancer ward to dance for the patients) was enjoyable. The ending was very satisfying, despite the expected cliffhanger, which Reynolds has don...
  • Kate
    This one grew on me. I wasn’t sure about it at the beginning. It is told in stream of consciousness diary entries from the self-proclaimed weirdo Sunny. The plot didn’t get going until more than halfway thru. The books in this series all have a very unique voice, which means liking one does not necessarily mean liking them all. Seems like each successive book has a narrower audience than the last.
  • Jennifer Mangler
    I adore the Track series. Getting to know each member of the team, and seeing the team grow into a family, is such a reading privilege. I love the role that movement plays in Sunny's story, and I love that he has Aurelia and Coach to encourage him to do what feels right.
  • Ashley
    I was really looking forward to Sunny's book, and I wasn't disappointed! I loved how his perspective was told, as he is such a unique and interesting character in this universe. Solid 4/5, highly enjoyable!
  • Karen Arendt
    Sunny is an amazing book. The diary format was a surprise for me because the first two books were not written in that style. That suits Sunny’s story though. Sunny struggles with how he fits in- with his family and with his track teammates. But when the time is finally right for Sunny all the pieces come together just like the puzzles he and his dad work on. I look forward sharing this title with my students.
  • Amy
    Thank You Jason, Thank You Caitlin Dlouhy, and Thank You Simon + Schuster for another elegant and important middle grades book.I will post a more complete review closer to publication date.*I received a promotional ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
  • Ms. Rose
    Everyone knows I’ll always love anything from Jason Reynolds. But this was my favorite of the track books so far. This one hit my heart and spoke to my soul the most. And I know so many kids will feel me on that.
  • Lynn
    I loved this! Sunny's voice is so funny and so heart-breaking and so so real! A wonderful addition to the "field."
  • Jenna Iden
    The most satisfying ending of any Jason Reynolds book so far, and the first to make me cry. The Track series just keeps getting better and better.