by Jason Reynolds
Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. Fiction. 181 p.
Castle Crenshaw (nickname, Ghost) lives in a rough neighborhood. His dad is serving time and his mom barely makes enough to put food on the table. Ghost can't seem to stay out of trouble at school, but when he gets a chance to be on an elite track team he is motivated to keep in step both on the field and in class. For the first time he feels like he is a part of something, but when his past and his poor decisions catch up with him, he is at risk of losing it all.
This is a feel-good sports story is about how a mentor, a little talent, and lot of hard work can change a life. Reynolds has created some endearing characters and readers will find themselves cheering for Castle, hoping he can rise about his tough circumstances. This book is available from the library in print, as an e-book and as an audiobook download.