Ghost Summary

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 the acclaimed Trackseries 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?

Book Reviews


Wow! I could not put it down!5 star

This made me remember being a teen and feeling so different. I wish I had Coach on my team! The elephant was funny! I’m white old and a woman but I fell Ghost. Love the book. Understand better now too. Liz55


GHOST5 star

Amazing book!55

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I . . . Loved it!!5 star

You know what this book reminds me of? The stars beneath our feet ( its a great book too, go read it! ) I cannot believe you just left us there on that cliff hanger! >:( Good job Jason Reynolds ^^55


Great Book5 star

Great book highly recommend.55


Even3 star

I had to do it for homework so it’s trash but it’s not as bad as every other trash book they give me35


Ghost5 star

The best book in the world! I usually dislike reading but this book was so.good I wanted to read it, my favorite55


Awesome5 star

This book Is my favorite book it’s about a boy who suddenly becomes a track runner after he learns how to run after an accident with his dad. It has friendship and regret and a bunch of exciting scenes. I would recommend this book to people who don’t doesn’t like text heavy pages and enjoys it a good book55


Best5 star

This book is cool55


decent book 👌🏼4 star

the beginning had me fascinated; pretty much the reason why i wanted to read it. it took me awhile to like the main part, though; cause it had been my first time reading something about track. the ending kind of made me disappointe cause it left us on a cliffhanger. overall, pretty decent book. good job, Jason 👏🏼👏🏼45

Arnie from Siena

Ghost2 star

Fantastic book . Reminded me of my first days in track . Yes , track solved a lot of my problems when I was growing up . Inspirational . .. even to a old man like me . When does the movie come out?25

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