Great Story for Kids

After a hiatus necessitated by a computer network that went down over the holidays and some family emergencies, I am back with a normal schedule of posting in the new year.  2016 was a doozy and I can only hope that 2017 is a whole lot better.  The one thing that always improves my mood is a great story for kids and this week I am sharing more books I think could be in contention for the Newbery.  On Friday I will give you my final list as well as my predictions since the award will be announced at the end of the month so there is no time to waste!

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Title: GhostGhost great story for kids

Author: Jason Reynolds

Target: Grade 5-9

Series: This is the first book in a four part series

What this book is about:

Ghost (a nickname) has a troubled past and a tough time controlling his emotions. When he stumbles upon a track meet and decides to try his hand at racing on the sidelines, the coach takes notice and offers him a place on the team. The discipline of track, the guidance of Coach and the friendship of his teammates goes a long way in helping Ghost move past his difficulties and get focused.

What I love about this book:

  • First off it is delightful to see a sports book that focuses on track as the sport of choice. For kids who run sprints or long distance, there is finally a book that understands them and their commitment to the craft.
  • I also absolutely enjoyed a main character whose challenges were miles away from my own experiences. Ghost is black and poor and while his struggles were not my own, I felt for him from the first page. I so appreciate it when books give us a glimpse into someone else’s life and I think kids will walk away with a new appreciation for kids who face economic hardships. If the reader is living in similar circumstances, then they will have a comfort in knowing they are not alone.
  • Ok, running is not easy. Given the drills they have to do, I think I will just cheer from the sidelines!

Who this book is for:

Great book for any kids who are committed to a sport and for kids who simply enjoy realistic fiction.

Final thoughts:

This is a good one!

To purchase this book:

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