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I took my month break after what should have been the impetus for major conflict (when Ghost steals the shoes) because I just couldn't figure out how it was going to be the source of enough conflict to make me want to keep reading and to make me want to see Ghost come through on the other side.

I used to just put a whole bunch of them in my mouth at the same time, suck all the salt off, then spit them all out machine-gun-style.He’s got a load of anger inside that he doesn’t know how to deal with so he tends to take it out on others at school. In a weird way, increasing the number of racially diverse books on a given publisher’s release calendar isn’t hard if the publisher is dedicated to the notion. This is a generalization, but in my experience librarians really enjoy reading within their comfort zones. In the book, Ghost’s decision to initially race Lu isn’t solely based on how Lu struts around the track, thinking he’s the bee’s knees.

Then one day he spots a track warm-up and takes an instant dislike to the albino kid in the expensive tracksuit.So when I was done sitting at the bus stop in front of the gym, and came across all those kids on the track at the park, practicing, I had to go see what was going on, because running ain’t nothing I ever had to practice. See, the gym across the street has this big window—like the whole wall is a window—and they have those machines that make you feel like you walking up steps and so everybody just be facing the bus stop, looking all crazy like they’re about to pass out. The book received starred reviews from Booklist, [3] Publishers Weekly, [4] and Kirkus, [1] as well as positive reviews from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and Horn Book Magazine. Ghost, otherwise known as Castle Crenshaw, is a boy on the run, a kid who runs fast and doesn’t look back. Running from mistakes (forgive the cliché), from very real threats, for your life, and for your team.

I had such high hopes for this book to be a companion read to The Crossover by Kwame Alexander with my 6th graders. Ghost was a New York Times best seller and National Book Award for Young People's Literature finalist. Reynolds has created a character whose journey is so genuine" NEW YORK TIMES; "An endearing protagonist runs the first, fast leg of Reynolds' promising relay.It's about time that I finish this series and figure out what happens with all of the other characters. 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 can definitely see the appeal here with sports, single parent, outsider, urban, black representation and more.

And She Could Not Find a Single Young Adult Fiction Book about a male-identified person of African Descent who runs. The novel opens with Ghost regaling the reader on his favourite Guinness World record facts, before cleanly segueing into his love for sunflower seeds stemming from his. Like the fact that one of the runners (that, I should mention, gets cut later in the book because his grades are slipping) is named Chris Myers. Running is never something he plans to do, just like he never plans to get into altercations at school. Despite the fact that the protagonist, Castle, is a dirt-poor black kid and I grew up in a middle-class white family, I could identify so strongly him--with his overpowering black and red emotions--that I was transported back my own sometimes challenging middle school years.

He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program and lives in Washington, DC. Suddenly, Ghost starts to know what it's like to be part of something bigger than yourself, to have a strong male role model who really cares about him, to work at something and get better and feel proud. This is a book that actually made me tear up, and there aren’t a lot of middle grade books that do that.

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