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Ghost

Ghost

Ditulis oleh Jason Reynolds

Diceritakan oleh Guy Lockard


Ghost

Ditulis oleh Jason Reynolds

Diceritakan oleh Guy Lockard

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4.5/5 (141 peringkat)
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3 hours
Dirilis:
Aug 30, 2016
ISBN:
9781508230472
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Deskripsi

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.

Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons - it all starting 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 blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.

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ISBN:
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Format:
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Tentang penulis

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, 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. He’s also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include Stamped, When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Look Both Ways, and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.


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  • (4/5)
    Just last week I finished and loved Long Way Down and decided to go with another one of his books. This one is part of a trilogy, involving a teenage boy joining a track team. They are fast, funny and smart, with just the right amount of depth. They are also perfect on audio. I do not read much YA, but when they are done this well, I will try to make time.
  • (4/5)
    I truly became involved with the characters in this story. I wanted Ghost's mother to communicate with him more. I know she was tired and overworked, but turn off the television. I don't know if that would have helped her son avoid "altercations" but it couldn't have hurt. I did get that the family was a bit dysfunctional, but she dearly loved her son and he wanted to please her.
    Although I personally did not want the book to end as it did, I thought the way the author ended it so abruptly was perfect.

    The story...
    Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from extremely diverse backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. They have each been chosen by Coach to compete on his much sought after track team.

    Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. Ghost also cannot control his actions and gets in trouble at school. He starts out with odds stacked against him. 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. He lives in a not so desirable part of town and is teased for it. His clothes are not nice and his mother cuts his hair to save money. You can imagine that Ghost is causing problems. One afternoon, he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.

    I did feel bad for Ghost when at the Chinese restaurant, that his peeking (Peking) duck got cold before he got to eat it.
  • (4/5)
    Excellent read for middle school students. I started reading it with my 3rd grader, but the altercation with Castle's dad at the beginning was too much. Now, my sixth grade son is going to read it. The main character is flawed and does a great job of explaining his thoughts as he works through problems (which he has plenty). I'm looking forward to the other books in this series.
  • (5/5)
    This was just such a wonderful book. Ghost is a young guy who comes from the wrong side of town. But he loves to run. He wants to be a big basketball star, his running is there, but not much else. He never realized that he could become an entirely new person by finding the fun in running. It started out as an “I’ll show you” to the preps acting crazy on the track, but it will turn into a new family and mentor he never expected. I have a bone to pick with Mr. Reynolds. This is the second book of his I have read and it’s the second time the book doesn’t end. It leaves the reader hanging with a did he, or didn’t he. It’s not a bad ending, and I love how that is left up for discussion, but at the same time, I hate it. I want cannon knowledge of of who won the race. While this book is written for 4th+ and takes place in middle/highschool it is a story for everyone, young and old alike. I can not wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.#Booked2018
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this story for a number of reasons. There were a lot of meaningful messages and themes in this story that makes it a really appropriate book for young adult readers. The overall theme was the importance of facing your fears, with smaller messages scattered throughout the story. The main character is constantly trying to figure out his life, and eventually he realizes that he's trying to make a new life for himself, instead of living his old life. The plot of this story was really well organized and flowed really nicely. I like how the story ended right before an important even in Ghosts life, instead of the event being the end of the story. I feel like this made the whole story more about Ghosts journey, and once he had achieved his goal, the story could end. Overall this story was written well, and the language made the reader feel as though they were talking to an old friend. I enjoyed this story.
  • (4/5)
    I love the author's voice. It's a very natural, authentic way of speaking and shows pretty genuine feelings. Ghost is a sympathetic character, in spite of all his flaws.
  • (5/5)
    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!! This small middle grade book is impossible to put down, even for a adults! Castle is your not so average seventh grader. His mom is raising him the best she can after his violent father was locked up and Castle can get himself into trouble. One day killing time after school, he stumbles on a track team practicing near his house and next thing he knows he's drafted on the team. He's a black kid from the wrong part of a town and he's trying to prove himself.... to himself. But even though he can outrun a lot of his problems, he can't outrun himself. A wonderful novel and I can't wait to read the rest in this series!
  • (5/5)
    This is an excellent young adult book which shows exactly what it's like to be a teenager. Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has been 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. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him? Beautiful and powerful story for all ages. Author's writing is genuine and raw. Cliffhanger at the end drove me crazy!
  • (5/5)
    I love Jason Reynolds- he could rewrite the phone book and I would be first in line to read it. This new series focusing on a running team is a great, younger addition to his work.
  • (4/5)
    Ghost is angry. That anger gets him in trouble. He's been through some serious trauma and lives in a run down area where there is never enough money. When he joins the track team and finds a new mentor in his coach, he starts to feel himself change as he builds his discipline, is embraced by his teammates, and takes responsibility for his choices. A quick, engaging read.
  • (4/5)
    Ghost is ashamed of his life and the fact that his father is in prison. He is saved from his disenfranchisement by becoming a member of an elite track team. The story of Ghost's journey from not being involved in anything to becoming an important team member is realistic and entertaining. Ghost's voice as a character is believable as are the events that take place in the story. This would appeal to young male readers interested in sports. This would also appeal to readers interested in inner city life. This would appeal to readers who want a likable but flawed protagonist at the heart of the story.
  • (4/5)
    The first book in Jason Reynolds' Track series, Ghost is narrated by seventh grader Castle "Ghost" Crenshaw who accidentally becomes part of a track club when he beats their fastest sprinter during a practice run, wearing his street clothes and hightop sneakers. The coach, recognizing natural talent, talks Ghost into joining their team but soon discovers that the boy is explosive both on and off the track. Readers quickly learn the source of Ghost's pain and anger, as well as the bullying he endures at school. It's a short book, so despite several set-backs, Ghost manages to put himself "back on track" fairly quickly, with meaningful consequences for his actions, a sense of self-worth, and a greater appreciation for his friends and family. The author introduces three other characters, "newbies" to the track team, with differing socioeconomic backgrounds and family dynamics than Ghost's, so readers can look forward to getting to know these runners' stories as the series progresses. Ghost is a pretty compelling first character and his fear and embarassment from living in the projects comes across clearly despite his bravado. Strong, believable characters is where this book really shines, appealing to 4th-8th grade readers, especially those drawn to sports themes and realistic, urban fiction. There is some violence and mention of drug dealing, all described matter-of-factly and not sensationalized at all. Recommend to Kwame Alexander fans, AR 4.6, pts. 6 --JF
  • (4/5)
    This very fresh story is about Castle (who likes to be called Ghost) and is looking for his place. His dad is in jail (for trying to shoot his mom) and Castle was very traumatized by this event. He finds a running team that helps to focus his energy and give him structure.
  • (5/5)
    Simply outstanding middle grade novel! Hits on big ideas without seeming didactic or preachy. Slim and catching for reluctant readers. Nearly perfect, can't wait for more!
  • (5/5)
    When I was done with this book, I was so sad it was over. The writing and story are incredible. Loved every page.
  • (5/5)
    I have read several books by this author and have enjoyed each one. He really knows how to write for teens. In this tale we meet teenager Castle Cranshaw, a/k/a Ghost, who comes from the poor section of town and seems to get into trouble wherever he turns. He lives alone with his mom after his father tried to shoot both of them one night while drunk. One day Castle happens to meet Coach and his track team practicing in the park. He becomes intrigued with the sport and the team, eventually becoming a member. This is a timely look at friendship, honest, respect, trust, working as a team and setting goals.
  • (5/5)
    The backround of everyone is very amazing the best book I ever read
  • (5/5)
    I love all of the feeling in this book. It tells everyone to share their own feelings even if you had a rough past
  • (5/5)
    Reynolds makes Ghost’s voice come alive! A story of hope and overcoming and becoming who we truly want to be, full of humor and reflection. An excellent choice for kids and adults alike. Would be a great book for English teachers to use to teach the writing trait of “voice.”
  • (5/5)
    Really captures the spirit of an American boy reaching to his potential and the wonderful adults who spark his journey! Rock on!
  • (5/5)
    This book is sooo good if i like it u will!
  • (5/5)
    This was absolutely one of the best audio narrations I have heard. This was my first experience with Jason Reynolds’s work and I will definitely be reading more. He captured Ghost’s voice so expertly and I found myself laughing and crying. Highly recommend for the classroom!
  • (4/5)
    Castle Crenshaw lives with his mom, and his dad is in jail. He happens upon a track team practice, and can join the team on one condition - if he gets in any trouble at all, he's out. As one who's had "altercations" almost every day Castle, who renames himself Ghost, isn't sure that can happen, but he joins anyways knowing he's been running ever since his dead threatened him & his mom.Reynolds has a way of getting into a kid's head and understanding where they're coming from. Ghost is a middle grade novel and for a younger audience than the others that I've read, but it no less pulls a punch as you get to know Ghost and his teammates. Ghost is the narrator, and sounds like a young boy navigating some difficult issues in life, but the story also has humorous moments. The track coach is a great example of an adult mentor, and his relationship with the kids is pretty special. I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the "Track" series goes, each focusing on a different character.
  • (5/5)
    best book ever . ??????????? it was awosme i will read it again and again
  • (5/5)
    As many of us struggled with lack of self-esteem in our youth, Ghost also suffered at the beginning of Jason Reynold’s first book in a set of four Track books. His fully developed characters exhibit authentic emotions and reactions as the facts of their lives are revealed. Conversations with peers, adults and action are believable and shine light on the core of each character’s past and inner life. Having learned that he is an extraordinarily fast runner, when running for his life, Ghost’s chance encounter with a track coach leads to his gradual acceptance into the team family. Those relationships and his track victories give rise to new attitudes, hopes and choices that improve his quality of life and sense of self. I fell in love and respect with the characters and did not want the story to end. Delighted to discover three additional books in the series, I was grateful for a down day and weekend in which to binge-listen to all four books. Don’t even start Ghost if you don’t have time to immediately follow up with Patina, as that’s the only way to find out what happened in Ghost’s big race.
  • (5/5)
    There are many reasons why I loved this book. One of the reasons is that the characters in this story were very realistic and relatable as characters. For example, the narrator, Castle, who goes by Ghost, deals with ongoing struggles related to his family and finances. When one of his classmates teases him for being poor, he reacts in a very realistic way by fighting back, feeling emotional about his family’s financial situation. In addition, Ghost steals a pair of running shoes due to people making fun of his other shoes. This action is a realistic thing for a person to do as a result of feeling humiliated, making Ghost easier to imagine as a character. By making Ghost a realistic and relatable character, the author allows the reader to imagine Castle as a real person, making the book more accurate and likeable. Additionally, I like the plot of this book. The series of events that occur in this book slowly reveal aspects of Ghost’s personality, allowing the reader to get to know him better as a person. For example, events such as fighting a classmate and stealing shoes shows how Ghost copes with the struggles in his life. Another example is that towards the end of the story, one of the characters, Coach, gives Ghost advice of the positive symbolism of running, teaching Ghost to deal with his struggles in a way that is better for his future and looks forward instead of in the past. The events in this book display Ghost’s character and the ending teaches readers a very important lesson: the best way to deal with something is with positivity and looking towards the future instead of back in the past.
  • (4/5)
    Worthwhile story. Sometimes the way the narrator voices the characters didn't quite work for me, but the climax of the story hit hard - I was crying. A good short listen. Nice layperson exploration of PTSD flashbacks too, without any psych jargon.
  • (4/5)

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    Narrated by Guy Lockard. Castle's father is in jail for shooting at him and his mother. Castle endures teasing at school for the neighborhood he lives in, the haircuts his mom gives, and the oversized clothes he'll grow into. He also has an anger management problem at school. There's one positive thing he can do though and that's run. He's fast as a ghost disappearing (hence the title and his self-imposed nickname). Castle literally walks on at a track team tryout and makes the team. There is a lot to learn about being part of a team but after some stumbles (including boosting a pair of running shoes) and Coach's tough love guidance, Castle is on his way to finding his pride of place. Lockard performs Castle's story with youthful candor and humor, capturing the essence of a city kid rolling with life's hard knocks.

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  • (3/5)
    Genre: Realistic fictionNarrator: “Ghost “an African-American high school student freshman or sophomoreLocation: not specified best guess, inner city New York possibly Harlem Plot: a young boy nickname ghost for his running speed is given an opportunity to join a local track and field teamConflict: “Ghost” is haunted by an abusive father who attempted to kill his mother and is now in jail. He anger issues has resulted in fights at school and suspension. His attempt to fit into the local track and field team is thwarted by his behaviorReview: While the description of “ghost” life and struggles runs true I wasn’t pleased with how certain moral issues were dealt with. The mom’s role in his life is marginalize and isn’t given due respect as opposed to the role played by the coach of the track team who takes on the role of surrogate father.Recommend: This is a good book for reluctant readers, boys especially
  • (5/5)
    What a terrible ending….it is forcing me to read the next book in the series to find out if Ghost wins his race. Okay, not such a terrible ending, but a great hook to get those non-readers into the next book. Ghost hasn’t had the best life. His temper gets him into a lot of trouble at school. The elderly grocery store owner sort of serves as a grandfather to him, and a chance meeting with a taxi driver who is a track coach helps him find focus for his actions. I just read this to get a taste of the series, but I now have to read the whole series Tracks.