Ghost by Jason Reynolds is that rare thing, a perfectly pitched middle-grade contemporary written in a voice that will draw the dedicated reader and refusenik alike. Castle Crenshaw has never done athletics (why not? Don’t all kids undergo this torture in the US?) but happens upon a try-out in the park and has a go, just for a laugh. Castle discovers that he can run fast. Really fast. The narrative flips back and forth to the night he first ran really fast–for his life–and we travel with him. We cheer for Castle as he finds a father-figure in Coach, feel sad for the crappy hand life has dealt him and cover our eyes when he makes bad decisions. A National Book Award finalist and deservedly so.  9+

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