By: Jason Reynolds
Ghost tells the story of Castle Crenshaw, a naturally gifted runner whose life is changed when he is recruited for his city’s elite middle-school track team. Running isn’t new to Castle, as he has been running his whole life–first, from a father aiming a gun at him in a rage, and since from a series of problems, mistakes, and bad choices. Joining the team is a chance for Castle to use his talents in a new way, to build community with peers struggling with their own challenges, and to benefit from the mentorship and guidance of Coach Brody–a former Olympian now passionate about fostering opportunities for a new generation of athletes. Ultimately, track helps focus Castle and teaches him valuable lessons about friendship, confidence, honesty, and trust.