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Parents' Guide to

Ghost: Track, Book 1

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

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

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

Too violent for younger kids

My 10 yo daughter was supposed to read this book for school. I'm glad I read the back first and then proceeded to read the book myself. I found it too mature for her age group. The first chapter describes an incident where the main character is being chased down the street by his father who has a loaded gun and is trying to kill him and his mother. This is a major plot point throughout the story. The book also talks about the coach whose father was a drug addict and punched him in the face knocking out his teeth and then sold his Olympic medal for drug money. I think this book does a good job with its theme of overcoming hard things in life and not giving up hope but I think 10 is a little young for it. I am surprised at how many online reviews think 10 is an appropriate age for such mature themes. I suggest you read it yourself first to see if it is something your child can handle. I'm pretty sure my daughter would be disturbed and she will not be reading this.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Another poignant, engaging, exciting novel that combines middle school, sports, and life lessons from Coretta Scott King Honor author Jason Reynolds. Ghost is the kind of story readers carve out time for because they won't want to put it down. Students and parents alike will easily identify with Castle as he navigates middle school with heavy adult concerns on his shoulders. Even though he comes across as tough, Castle is highly observant and sensitive to the personalities and circumstances around him, which can lead to him becoming overwhelmed by situations he faces throughout the book. His learning how to focus and channel those emotions is a large part of what makes the story successful.

Two things that stand out in addition to Castle's wit and acute understanding of human nature: the multiple opportunities he has for mentorship and the positive peer pressure he gets from all sides as he moves to outrun his anger and the ghosts of his past. This makes the relationships and story that much more dynamic and rich.

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