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 tryi...
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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 in his characters lives, actions, thoughts, and c ...more
After I heard Jason Reynolds speak at a breakfast at BookExpo this year, I couldn't wait to read one of his books. It turns out I could wait because I had to wait: all his books were checked out at the library. Wow. I had no idea he was such a popular author.
Finally, I was able to check out Ghost on audio, and it was like hearing Reynolds speak. I love the authenticity of his characters. They have troubles, they do the wrong thing, they accept the consequences, they help each other, they jab at ...more
I haven't been reading a lot of MG, but GHOST was awesome. The voice and the writing were just outstanding. GHOST was fantastic.
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 at school make fun of him because he's poor and h ...more
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, is struggling financially, and is studying to be ...more
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!
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 and took about a month-long break after getting h ...more
When a 13-year-old boy tells me, "I hate to read. But. Have you read Ghost by Jason Reynolds? 'Cause that's awesome!" I am absolutely adding that to my stack.