Ghost

Ghost

Ben Pfetzer, Writer

 

“Running. That’s all that Ghost (real name Castle Crenshaw) 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 tries to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?” -Jason Reynolds

On Wednesday, March 2nd, the book, Ghost, was read by the school to celebrate National Read Across America Day. Organized by Mrs. Stephanie Griffith, media specialist, the entire school read this book in one day. Each period was assigned a chunk of the book and by the sixth period everyone finished. There were quick exit slips for students to fill in after every period. After sixth period, students filled out the Winter Reading Challenge form. All the students got credit for completing a book.

Positive and negative thoughts were heard in and out of the hallways. Mrs. Stephanie Ewald, sixth and seventh grade teacher, said, “My favorite part of the book was when his Coach told Ghost his story about living in the same neighborhood.” As the book progressed more characters opened up about their lives and personal stories. People like Coach never told anyone about his childhood but put his trust into Castle.

 

The book also follows the story of Ghost not living a “normal” life as others might say. He never grew up with his father because of the incident that happened to his family. He also gets into trouble a lot, getting suspended almost every week. Even in the story, he gets into a fight with the school bully, Brandon Simmons. It appears he can never get a break from being like this. Could it be because of something that’s happened? Or maybe it’s due to not having his dad by his side.

 

Some weren’t so intrigued by the ending as it finished so abruptly. One of them, Mrs. Amy Fry, eighth grade language arts teacher, said, “My least favorite part was probably the ending. I realize that this book is part of a series, but I’m not really a fan of cliffhangers. The book was great though.” The other books may work out the cliffhanger. The ending may have been seen as too quick to a stop, like the story wasn’t over. The next book in the series is called “Patina”, “Sunny”, “Lu”. On Patina Ghost has a false start at the line, but on the second try he takes 1st place.

 

Patina, Sunny, and Lu are the next 3 books in the series, all following the same story as Ghost, but in their own perspective. Some middle schoolers may even relate to some of their stories. Mrs. Lindsey Reckers, sixth grade math teacher, said, “I believe that this book is a great fit for middle schoolers.” The book featured typical experiences a middle schooler might experience

 

Ghost’s story is a fast paced and intriguing book. Learning about his life and how he deals with track and school is interesting. How will basketball and track work with each other? Maybe find out in the next book by Jason Reynolds.