Lu (Track, #4) by Jason Reynolds

Lu (Track, #4)

4 Hours and 50 MinutesLu must learn to leave his ego on the sidelines if he wants to finally connect with others in the climax to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning Track series from Jason Reynolds. Lu was born to be cocaptain of the Defenders. Well, actually, he was born albino, but that’s got nothing to do with being a track star. Lu has swagger, plus the talent to back it up, and with all that—not to mention the gold chains a...


Details Lu (Track, #4)

TitleLu (Track, #4)
ISBN9781508246176
Author
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster Audio
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Sports and Games, Sports, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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Reviews Lu (Track, #4)

  • Hannah Greendale
    2018-10-29
    Reasons to adore Jason Reynolds' books: - Authentic narrative voices.- Well-drawn child protagonists with equally well-drawn parents, each with their own rich backstory.- Characters who respect their parents (especially mom) and are kind & caring towards younger siblings.- An approachable introduction to difficult issues: illness, injustice, bullying, etc.- Seamlessly delivered messages on life's really difficult issues: gun violence, drug addict...
  • Abby Johnson
    2018-10-16
    What a great end to what a great series! Lu navigates some tough stuff on and off the track as he prepares to go to the team's last meet and run the hurdles. His mom is pregnant with a new baby sister on the way and Lu discovers that his dad took Coach's Olympic gold medal from Coach's dad back in his drug dealing days. As Lu helps his mom with her business, confronts his dad about the past, and faces the hurdles again and again, he learns about ...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    2018-11-07
    I'm so sad that this series is over, but this book also brought me a lot of joy, which I'm super grateful for. Jason Reynolds is one amazing author.
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2018-11-24
    Oh, Jason Reynolds, you can tell a story! Not only do you write a story that is a-can't-put-it-down-read-to-the-end story, but it's a story that shares Important Things About Life without (miraculously) shoving the story or the morals down your throat.Almost nobody else in the world, not even our very, very best writers, can do this.Lu is the story of an albino boy in a hard-working black family who is trying to do hurdles and keeps messing up. H...
  • Jillian Heise
    2018-09-30
    I think this might be my favorite of the series. I've loved getting to join this team for all 4 laps. I can't wait to see what Jason has for us next!
  • Caroline
    2018-10-27
    This book was an awesome end to the series. If there is a next book to the track series I would be fine with that but I LOVED this book I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book and series to EVERYONE.
  • Alicia
    2018-10-28
    The tragedy is that this is the final book in the Track series. But all good things must come to an end and with covers as awesomely vivid, sparse, and beautiful as these ones are plus characters that are well drawn in such a short amount of time with so much voice and feeling and empathy-- no one wants to see this series end. Ever. Reynolds can write these in his sleep which is why he's the GOAT. Seriously. Lu is about a kid whose mother makes a...
  • steph
    2018-12-18
    What a fantastic final novel to an already fantastic series. Seriously. I have gone on and on about how I much I love this series in previous reviews so all I will say for this review is read it. You won't regret it. Jason Reynolds writes kids and families and life so well.
  • Mary Thomas
    2019-01-03
    Great ending to a great series. Jason Reynolds can really write- characters, dialogue, his books are such great mentor texts for everyone. I love how they work together & on their own. A must for classrooms/humans ages 9 and up.
  • Tj Shay
    2018-09-30
    There has not been a Jason Reynolds book that I haven't loved. This book is no exception. The track series is a wonderful collection of books and I think Lu is the best one yet. Full of heart and so good. Review based on an uncorrected proof provided by Jason's agent....because they are awesome!
  • Suzanne Dix
    2018-12-19
    My favorite of the quartet! Such a great story on its own but I love how this novel in particular brought back all the threads of the previous three stories and tied them up with a bow. Absolutely fantastic writing per usual Mr. Reynolds!
  • Katrina
    2018-11-16
    Argh! OK, two totally different categories of comments. First, as a book, it was fine. I always like his writing, the story wasn’t wow, but it was in line with the rest of the series and did a pretty good job wrapping things up (although the very end was kind of sappy). I still wish the series overall had been more of an on-going story with more ongoing plot threads with the other kids in all of the sequels. There was more in this book than the...
  • Tena Edlin
    2018-11-14
    This was a great ending to the series. It brought everyone's story together with the same heart and spirit of the other books. I definitely recommend reading this series as a set and in order because they all build on each other. I feel like I know these kids, and their stories could be framed with any sport or activity... theirs just happens to be track. Great life lessons about friendship, teamwork, growth mindset, and integrity.
  • Beth
    2018-12-29
    After the highs of the first two books and the low of the third in the series, this final novel just feels - flat. Not especially distinctive, similarly told, and almost overly long for the slight plot. Even a little gimmicky, what with the contact lenses and ribbon. It’s got its moments, sure, but mostly I feel like Lu’s story is more poignant and memorable in the little bits and pieces we’d gotten in earlier books.
  • Jennifer Mangler
    2018-10-28
    That last chapter...what a beautiful way to end the series! I'm going to miss Ghost, Patty, Sunny, Lu, and Coach so much. I adore each of the Defenders, and I love the family they've built. I cannot recommend the Track series enough.
  • Ashlee Tominey
    2018-11-02
    By far my favorite book in the series. I didn't really expect a lot out of Lu since we don't see much of him in the other books. I loved Lu's parents. I loved the ending. I loved that Lu found his voice. The narration was superb.I am really sad to end the Track series.
  • Ashleigh Rose
    2018-11-01
    I’m so sad his was my last lap with the Track series but loved the power of this book and how it all came full circle. Can’t wait to see what Jason Reynolds has coming up next!
  • Parker
    2018-11-05
    This was a really great way to bring the series to a close, it was very hard to read at times, but in the end, all good. but at the end of the day, its really sad to see this series go, and I'm really looking forward to the next series he writes.
  • Sarah Johnson
    2018-11-04
    I love this series.
  • Leslie Bryan
    2018-10-27
    Lu is the best way to end this series. The themes of family, integrity, hope, and forgiveness bring the story of the Defenders to a satisfying close.
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    2018-11-27
    Lu is the fourth and final book in the Track series. We have already met three of Lu's teammates: Ghost, Patina, and Sunny. Each of these characters had personal challenges to overcome and with the help of Coach Brody, they were able to work through some of them while striving to perfect their track and field skills.Lu is a talented runner, and co-captain of the Defenders, much to the chagrin of the team's captain, Chris. Lu, an only child, was a...
  • Lavan Zerach
    2018-12-12
    " 'This is my medal. I won this thing about twenty years ago, and it was like lightning struck me. I never felt so electric. It was the greatest day of my life, until Tyrone was born. But I lost this medal for a long time, and recently, lightning struck twice, a friend of mine, um ... yeah ... a friend of mine found it for me. And when he brought it to me, I realized something. I realized what I hope some of ya'll realized this year. When I lost ...
  • Kristen
    2018-10-22
    Wait...WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS IS THE LAST BOOK? *sob*I know that Lu's story kind of rounds out the friend-group, but there are so many other characters I want to learn more about! *sigh*Lu's story is just as enjoyable as the first three. I thought it would be hard to beat Sunny's unique story, but this different enough that I didn't feel myself making comparisons (plus there's plenty of Sunny's hilarity included even here). Lu is such a kind, genu...
  • Vanessa
    2018-11-03
    I went back and forth several times from 4 to 5 stars, so I just rounded up to 5. I can’t recommend this series enough. Jason Reynolds is simply a great storyteller. Lu is the conclusion of the Track series and I am sad it’s over. I loved getting to know the Newbies, the Defenders, and Coach. My favorite thing about these books is that Reynolds gives us these imperfect characters and families that still love each other and manage to make it w...
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    2018-11-03
    He is the man. He’s the kid. He’s the one and only Lu. Lu Richardson is co-captain of the Defenders track team. He runs the 100 and jumps the hurdles. He also has hurdles he’s had to get over in his own life. Because he’s albino, he has horrible eyesight and needs contacts. He also needs sunscreen anytime he goes outside. At school, he’s bullied by a boy named Calvin, but, thankfully, at home he has two loving parents who support him. W...
  • Shari
    2018-11-06
    Usually, I only read the first book of a children's series, with notable exceptions like HARRY POTTER. Reynolds has created a series worthy to place at the same level as the Harry Potter series. Reynolds cleverly built this series creating characters with the struggles, challenges, and triumphs and masterfully connecting them across the books. This book focuses Lucas (Lu), the previously perceived affluent, albino member of the Defender. Reynolds...
  • Heather Moore
    2018-11-14
    Jason Reynolds has a real thing going with this Track Series, and it took me all four books in to see this big picture. The fact that he focused on a different track team kid in each book, giving them both struggles and triumphs, begins to show readers that we all are multi-dimensional. Rather than just seeing things from the protagonist’s point of view, we are reminded that EVERYONE has a backstory. Everyone has a face behind the mask, so to s...
  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2018-10-01
    Lu, the co-captain of the Defenders track team and runner of the 400 meter dash, has a lot of talent as an athlete and a lot of attitude to back it up. Often seen wearing gold chains and diamond earrings, Lu, whose parents got him into sports to help him feel confident in his albino skin, seems to have a surplus of self esteem. It's about to be a lot harder for Lu to maintain this "swagger," however, both because of family issues (his mom's expec...
  • Melanie
    2018-12-20
    I love these kids. All four of them. I love listening to them, and I’m so glad Jason Reynolds was there to put their stories on paper. I hope they grow up to have lives filled with love. That’s all you need to o ow about these books. That you feel like you’re talking to a kid who is trying to make sense of big things, just like the rest of us did, and you won’t doubt for one second that they’re real.