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The sound was big, and sharp enough to make me feel like my brain was gonna pop in my head, enough to make my heart hiccup. We are often affected by forces outside our control, forces we don’t even necessarily notice, particularly when we’re children. 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. He is bullied for not having the right kit and made to feel inferior to the other children on the team, and this leads him to make some poor choices. But the craziest thing was, I felt like the shot—loudest sound I ever heard—made my legs move even faster.

This book was just as good as I remembered and definitely one that needs to be in the hands in as many kids as possibly. Closely read the last few pages of Chapter 5 and the beginning of Chapter 6, making sure to pay attention to the author’s use of figurative language. Of middle-grade education professionals and middle-grade novel enjoyers, I am definitely in the minority of this one.

Either Ghost coupled with The Crossover or a novel I have done in previous years, Peak by Roland Smith (which I am not totally enamored with, either). More than just a sports story, it was a sensitive, realistic look at a young person dealing with trauma and trying to avoid the crushing effects of racism, poverty, and abuse. Life hasn't been super kind to Ghost - the kids at school make fun of him because he's poor and he carries around the weight of his father's betrayal.

Charles has to hold the record for saying, Let me guess, sunflower seeds, because he says that every single time I come in, which means I probably also already hold the record for responding, loudly, the exact same way. Ghost would be at home both in a middle grade and YA section, and thus is of interest to pre-teens and younger teens, especially ones who will see some aspect of their own lives reflected in Ghost’s. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons -until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medallist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. It gave us a chance to talk about managing difficult feelings, how to react to bullying, and the consequences of the choices that we make. I loved that Ghost isn't perfect but that the consequences take a while to show up (not as didactic as some middle readers can be.Even Ghost, ESPECIALLY Ghost, who makes you want to yell and him and cheer for him, sometimes at the same time. This is the first book in the Track series: What conflicts do you think Ghost is going to face in the next book? I have a couple favorites this year (like most years), but this one is almost always the first I mention.

Reynolds was named the American Booksellers Association’s 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, and served as the national spokesperson for the 2018 celebration of School Library Month in April 2018, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Jason Reynolds is an American author of novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audience.He knows because when his dad came at him and his mother on one violent night, running was the only way to get away. 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. So I check that out for a little while like it’s some kind of movie: The About to Pass Out Show, starring stair-stepper person one through ten. This novel was just so satisfying because Jason really introduced Ghost's struggles, and everyone else's, in a way that a younger child could understand. Coach tells Ghost that he wants to show him, “You can’t run away from who you are, but what you can do is run toward who you want to be.

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