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Running. That's all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race -- and wins -- the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:192 pages

    Ghost Reviews

  • Betsy
    Jul 18, 2016

    This is a generalization, but in my experience librarians really enjoy reading within their comfort zones. They’ll travel outside of them from time to time but always they return to the books that t...

  • Donalyn
    Sep 21, 2016

    You could pass this book to hundreds of kids and they will love it. Delighted that Jason Reynolds is writing a series for middle grade readers, so kids can grow up with his books. ...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Sep 26, 2016

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.Ghost is a deeply moving book with several important messages for young readers. Castle Crenshaw goes by the na...

  • Mike Mullin
    Nov 10, 2016

    I saw this on some award nomination list--I can't remember which one. And I don't really care which list it was--Ghost ought to win. It should win all the awards. It's a spectacular book with a perfec...

  • Book Riot Community
    Oct 27, 2016

    This book is the first of Jason Reynolds’s middle grade series about track, and what a beginning this is. Ghost, otherwise known as Castle Crenshaw, is a boy on the run, a kid who runs fast and does...

  • Mary Ann
    Dec 02, 2016

    BOOM! Third time reading this and it still pulls me straight through each time. from a 5th grader today: "I loved how you feel like you're Ghost. You get mad at someone, then forgive them. It feels li...

  • Camryn Garrett
    Jun 07, 2017

    I've never met a Jason Reynolds book I didn't like. ...

  • Raina
    Jan 31, 2017

    When I go out to the schools to booktalk, twelve books in tow, I occasionally get the question of which of the year's books is my personal favorite. I have a couple favorites this year (like most year...

  • Monica Edinger
    Jul 01, 2016

    Reynold's voice here for Ghost is authentic, consistent, and raises this from an enjoyable beginning to a series to something more. Superb dialog, real situations, fabulous description (I can just see...

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Sep 27, 2016

    I haven't been reading a lot of MG, but GHOST was awesome. The voice and the writing were just outstanding. GHOST was fantastic. ...

About Jason Reynolds

After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it all before he