Publisher: Knights Of
Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) is a boy with anger management issues, which is fairly unsurprising after the trauma of his dad trying to shoot him and his mother (and currently serving 10 years in prison).
Even though he has been running his whole life, Ghost has never thought of athletics as a sporting option – basketball is his thing. But when Ghost challenges a sprinter to a race and wins, in front of Coach Brody, and when Coach persuades Ghost’s mum to let him join the elite running team, his life starts to change. There are plenty of challenges and moral dilemmas on the way and the book ends on such a cliffhanger that you’ll be longing for book two: Pattina.
This is a stunning and beautifully written story about a boy whose character is so authentic that you wouldn’t be surprised if he walked straight out the pages, living and breathing. The dialogue is just great and the book's page-turning qualities make it hard for a reader not to read in one sitting, and easy to love for children who feel they aren’t readers. A perfect middle grade novel.