A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.

Ghost Details

Book TitleGhost
Book Author
by 486 users

Ghost Reviews

  • Patricia
    Oct 12, 2016


    Really enjoyed reading this book because the main character drew me into his story, the narrative voice was strong, the side characters were promising, and it ended on a cliffhanger, which made me hungry for more. ...

  • Evan Taylor
    Oct 11, 2016

    Evan Taylor

    Ghost is a great and refreshing novel written by Jason Reynolds. It is not often that you read texts about Black adolescent boys who run track, it is often a story about Black boys who play basketball. Reynolds has a craft in composing the plot in this story in that every chapter has y...

  • Sharon
    Oct 9, 2016


    5th&upGhost is the first in a new middle school series by Jason Reynolds, and it is amazing.Castle Cranshaw- or Ghost as her prefers to be called- is a runner. He runs from his past, he runs from his mistakes, he runs from his circumstances...he runs, but he can't seem to escape. W...

  • Joyce Yattoni
    Oct 8, 2016

    Joyce Yattoni

    This is a quick read. I am always interested in stories where children have to overcome insurmountable odds. Ghost is angry, lives in poverty and is embarrassed on a daily basis because of the kids who tease him about it. If that isn't enough to throw one over the edge, his dad tried t...

  • Katie Lawrence
    Oct 3, 2016

    Katie Lawrence

    This is just brilliantly done. What Reynolds is able to achieve in such a slim novel is truly extraordinary. Every character is well-crafted and believable. Ghost's experiences joining the track team perfectly capture the challenges of joining a team for the first time and it's excitin...

  • Christina Jesse Hanson
    Oct 1, 2016

    Christina Jesse Hanson

    "Show you that you can't run away from who you are, but what you can do is run toward who you want to be." Loved this quote from Jason Reynolds's newest book, Ghost. Castle Cranshaw, whose nickname is Ghost, is a runner. He first learned he was pretty fast the night his drunk father ch...

  • Serina
    Sep 29, 2016


    Masterful writing with an insightful look at a young lower class black boy running track. This book is so well written every break in grammar is purposeful and with intent. To put you into the situation and feel the character. So many of our young men are angry, especially young black ...

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Sep 27, 2016

    Shaun Hutchinson

    I haven't been reading a lot of MG, but GHOST was awesome. The voice and the writing were just outstanding. GHOST was fantastic. ...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Sep 26, 2016

    Hannah Greendale

    Ghost is a deeply moving book with several important messages for young readers. Castle Crenshaw goes by the name Ghost, because he's a wicked fast runner. The first time he ran -- truly ran -- he was running for his life: running ain't nothing I ever had to practice. It's just someth...

  • Abby Johnson
    Sep 24, 2016

    Abby Johnson

    Jason Reynolds is a master of voice and dialog; the audiobook narration was fantastic. I felt like Ghost was actually sitting with me and telling me the story. I would highly recommend the audio for this title!Castle Crenshaw (or Ghost, as he wants to be called) knows he can run fast. ...