Ghost (Track, #1) by Jason Reynolds

Ghost (Track, #1)

Running. That's all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race -- and wins -- the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with th...

Details Ghost (Track, #1)

TitleGhost (Track, #1)
Release DateAug 30th, 2016
PublisherAtheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Sports and Games, Sports, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Ghost (Track, #1)

  • Betsy
    This is a generalization, but in my experience librarians really enjoy reading within their comfort zones. They’ll travel outside of them from time to time but always they return to the books that they like the most. Children’s librarians are just the same. The fantasy readers stick to fantasy. The realism fans go with realism. Graphic novel readers with comics. When I served on a yearly committee of librarians in New York I’d notice that s...
  • Donalyn
    You could pass this book to hundreds of kids and they will love it. Delighted that Jason Reynolds is writing a series for middle grade readers, so kids can grow up with his books.
  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.Ghost is a deeply moving book with several important messages for young readers. Castle Crenshaw goes by the name Ghost, because he's a wicked fast runner. The first time he ran -- truly ran -- he was running for his life: running ain't nothing I ever had to practice. It's just something I knew how to do.Now that he's older, Ghost puts his natural talent to ...
  • Mike Mullin
    I saw this on some award nomination list--I can't remember which one. And I don't really care which list it was--Ghost ought to win. It should win all the awards. It's a spectacular book with a perfect voice and exquisitely told story. I cried through the last 20% or so of the book. It's not sad--it's just beautiful enough to move a cracked chunk of concrete to tears. Despite the fact that the protagonist, Castle, is a dirt-poor black kid and I g...
  • Lata
    Jason Reynolds' dialogue and characters feel so real to me, and when the characters do things, even things I don't particularly like, as Ghost does at one point in this story, I follow along, knowing Reynolds will take me on an interesting journey.Ghost and his mother are not well off; his father attempted to shoot them one drunken night, and Ghost retains a certain amount of fear and desire to run from that traumatic night. His mother, meanwhile...
  • Mary Ann
    BOOM! Third time reading this and it still pulls me straight through each time. from a 5th grader today: "I loved how you feel like you're Ghost. You get mad at someone, then forgive them. It feels like your emotions are building up until Ghost takes the shoes. Then they break when his coach brings him back to the store." definitely reaching kids in Berkeley!
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    Wish I would have had this book alongside all my Beverly Cleary books back in middle school. Like Cleary, Jason Reynolds clearly remembers what it was to be a kid — the private humiliations, the silliness, the outsized misconceptions, the way the tiniest bit of support can change a day.
  • Camryn
    I've never met a Jason Reynolds book I didn't like.
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    A total delight from start to finish, Ghost is a deceptively simple story about 13-year-old urban black kid Castle Crenshaw, aka “Ghost.” 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. Impressed, the coach offers Ghost a spot on the team. Kind of against his better judgement—he’s always thought of himself as a basketball player even though he...
  • Monica Edinger
    Reynold's voice here for Ghost is authentic, consistent, and raises this from an enjoyable beginning to a series to something more. Superb dialog, real situations, fabulous description (I can just see the shoes), and impressive characters. Having trained with a coach as part of an adult track club decades ago I can vouch for the authenticity of the workouts, say those "fart licks" (the real term is fartlek ---a Swedish word for exactly what Ghost...
  • Bookishrealm
    Jason Reynolds is such an amazing man. This is the second book that I've read by him and was not let down by a long shot. Ghost focuses on the challenges faced by a young boy who goes by the nickname of Ghost. Ghost is a complex character that deals with some pretty hefty issues. It is through these issues that he joins a track team and learns more about himself and others. This book was heartfelt and definitely teaches kids a great lesson about ...
  • Raina
    When I go out to the schools to booktalk, twelve books in tow, I occasionally get the question of which of the year's books is my personal favorite. I have a couple favorites this year (like most years), but this one is almost always the first I mention. Largely because it's the first of its kind.Last year, the national Summer Reading Theme was sports. When preparing the district teen booklist, my coworker was in charge of including Running/Track...
  • Beth
    It's Newbery reading time, so I picked this up - and color me impressed. By the book, that is. Which is to say: I closed this and did not think of a medal (though I won't be upset if this book wins one). This reads like a middle grade staple. It skews younger in length, depth of story, and complexity. That's not a dig. This isn't very long, and the story takes place over a short period of time, meaning there's not a lot of ground covered. Nor are...
  • Meg
    The words on these pages simply vibrate with urgency, authenticity, and energy. Capturing a middle school boy - on paper - takes some real skills. Ghost is not a caricature of a middle school boy growing up in the projects with a single mother: Jason Reynolds embodies this boy from the inside out, makes him breathe, and come to life. Hand to your middle school boys, especially those who connected with Kwame Alexander, sports, and running.
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    I haven't been reading a lot of MG, but GHOST was awesome. The voice and the writing were just outstanding. GHOST was fantastic.
  • Emma
    Of middle-grade education professionals and middle-grade novel enjoyers, I am definitely in the minority of this one. I had such high hopes for this book to be a companion read to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander with my 6th graders. My sixth graders are reluctant readers who like fast paced, realistic fiction with characters they can root for. Was this book fast paced? Not at all. Even though it is only 180 pages, I found myself absolutely bored...
  • Abby Johnson
    Jason Reynolds is a master of voice and dialog; the audiobook narration was fantastic. I felt like Ghost was actually sitting with me and telling me the story. I would highly recommend the audio for this title!Castle Crenshaw (or Ghost, as he wants to be called) knows he can run fast. He knows because when his dad came at him and his mother on one violent night, running was the only way to get away. Life hasn't been super kind to Ghost - the kids...
  • Krista Regester
    A story about being in an impossible situation but still being able to find the good. Short, sweet, funny and powerful.
  • Janani
    It's really easy to fall in love with Jason Reynolds' style. He has this ability to take what one thinks is a relatively straightforward plotline and augment it with excellent character development. Bringing to life a middle school kid is no joke, and Reynolds does it seamlessly in this story of Castle Crenshaw (a.k.a. Ghost), a black kid growing up with a single mom in a not-great neighborhood, who accidentally ends up on a track team. In additi...
  • Andrew Huey
    I read this book as part of a reading group for The Great American Read. It's not something I would normally have picked up on my own. I'm definitely not in the target demographic for this book, but I did enjoy it and can appreciate a number of things about it. The first-person perspective was done well. The voice of the main character seemed authentic. I think this would be a great book for a 12-14 year old kid. As an adult, it seemed a little c...
  • John Carron
    I thought this book was outstanding! The main character is a boy named Castle, ( he goes by Ghost). Ghost is a boy who comes from a poor family. He lost his father when he was young because he got arrested for pulling a gun on him. I thought the book was very inspiring. The only thing I didn't like about this book is it ended on a cliff hanger.
  • Skip
    A quality middle school reader book, which I liked much better than Reynold's All American Boys. Castle Cranshaw, who prefers to be called “Ghost,” has been running for three years, since the night his father shot a gun at him and his mother. When he gets recruited by a track coach for a running club, they strike a deal: if Ghost can stay out of trouble, he can run for the team. Naturally, Ghost makes poor decisions at the outset, but the har...
  • Aryana Parmar
    This was a good book... definitely good for middle schoolers but I loved the ending the best, how it connected to his past... yeah it was good!
  • Alicia
    The first in a planned series, Reynolds hits middle grade with a fantastic storyline about a boy, Castle aka Ghost, who reminds me of Jack Gantos' characters (or his real life person) that gets in to a little trouble, has a little attitude, has a few problems at home, has a little bit of talent, has smarts and is generally an average kid. Ghost's mom makes ends meet working at a hospital cafeteria and his father is in prison for getting too drunk...
  • Jillian Heise
    I am beyond excited that Jason Reynolds now has middle grades books to share with our younger students, and even more so that he is starting a series! Ghost is a great start and introduction to these characters and this neighborhood. This story held me captivated the whole way through. There is a lyrical nature to Jason's writing, and an authenticity to the characters, that makes me want to crawl into their world. I can see so many of my students...
  • Jenn Bishop
    This book is everything! Seriously. A master class in voice and character. This former track star (okay, I wish, track participant) absolutely loved this story about what we're running from and toward, and the impact of belonging on a team. Ghost is one of my favorite MG narrators in recent memory. So endearing and lovable, in all his skepticism of his new coach and team. Love, love, LOVE!
  • Carrie Gelson
    Impossible to put down. Impossible to not bemoan that the next title is not yet published. Impossible to not visit a myriad of emotions on every page. Absolutely one of my favourite middle grade titles of the year. Everything from Jason Reynolds is 5 glowing stars.
  • Claire
    This book was amazing and I loved the ending!!!!!
  • Davidv42
    I thought this was a good book with a really good plot to it and I thought it showed how sometimes because of your skin color you were treated differently. So start reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!