Ghost: Track, Book 1

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Poignant, smart look at track star running from his past.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 10+

Real life perspective

Her daughter is 9 but she’s gifted and advanced. She loved this book!!!! Yes there are some not so nice parts but it sparked a conversation of peer pressure and moral judgements. It didn’t influence my child but rather allowed insight into why people choose different responses and the consequences of those actions. Even without being caught, how ones moral compass is created and how judgements are made. She is now into the whole series wanting to dig into the other characters backgrounds. I think this book helps promote a conversation of how a person is separate from a single action in life. How hard work can be rewarded but can also be stripped away. I like how the main character continuously faced new and difficult decisions that my child may face in a similar way. And how people have different thought processes based on their personal experiences and motivations.

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age 12+

Really Good

Ghost is a great story for some of my reluctant readers in upper elementary. It is perfect because it has maturity without being too inappropriate. It is relatable and a great sports story for people who want more realistic sports stories.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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