Our Middle Grade Monday feature is Ghost by Jason Reynolds. 192 Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, August, 2016. 9781481450157
Seventh grader, Castle Cranshaw runs fast. Ever since that night, three years ago, when his father tried to shoot him and his mother while in a drunken rage. Castle renamed himself Ghost that night and hasn't stopped running. He is having trouble dealing with his rage and helplessness over that awful night. When he comes across a track practice one day on his walk home, he stops to watch. Turns out, it's an elite squad that is coached by a former Olympian. After watching for a while, Ghost concludes he can run faster than any of them, even their fastest sprinter. He pesters the coach, who gives him "one run." Ghost is the first in a planned four-book series about Coach's elite team. The second entry, Patina, has recently been released.
I had the honor of meeting the author, Jason Reynolds at a publisher party in Chicago and was happy to tell him about his many fans at TMS.