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Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Book Summary

His real name is Castle Cranshaw, but people call him Ghost. He's fast, and he knows it, and it's pretty convenient for times when he needs to get away from trouble. A track coach who just happens to have his own Olympic medal offers Ghost a way out of his most recent trouble - but only if Ghost joins his track team. Team isn't the most commonly used word in Ghost's vocabulary.
Ghost book cover

Book Review

Castle's penchant for rule-breaking and his struggle to fit in with the team make an interesting, page-turning story for most middle school readers. His mistakes make you wince, but you also get to see his feelings about them, and he faces the consequences without narrative lectures. This is a book that's easy to like, even if you care very little for sports.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Running; High School Track
  • Deception vs Trust / Honesty
  • Authority & Rebellion
  • Defining Yourself
  • Teamwork

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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