About The Book

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.


Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?

About The Author

Ben Fractenberg

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. The American Booksellers Association’s 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black SuitAll American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (GhostPatinaSunny, and Lu), and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Awards and Honors

  • National Book Award Finalist
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award Master List (KS)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (IN)
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Master List
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Maine Student Book Award Master List
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award Nominee (CT)
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • Rebecca Caudill Award Master List (IL)
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award Nominee (OH)
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List (VT)
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award Master List
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
  • Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Mark Twain Award Master List (MO)
  • North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee
  • ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
  • South Carolina Book Award
  • Cybils Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Recording
  • Odyssey Honor for Audio
  • Pennsylvania Reader's Choice Award Nominee
  • Amazing Audiobooks for YA
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee
  • NCTE Charlotte Huck Outstanding Fiction Award
  • Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Multicultural Books List
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
  • South Dakota Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Oregon Reader's Choice Award Nominee
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee
  • FL Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List (Grades 6-8)
  • Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, Maud Hart Lovelace Honor Title

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