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Contributor(s): Reynolds, Jason

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ISBN: 1481450220     ISBN-13: 9781481450225
Publisher: Atheneum
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: March 2019
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Annotation: Sunny tries to shine despite his troubled past in this third novel in the critically acclaimed Track series from National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Patina. Sunny. Lu. 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 take them to the state championships. They all have a lot to lose, but they all have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Sunny is the main character in this novel, the third of four books in Jason Reynold’s electrifying middle grade series.

Sunny is just that—sunny. Always ready with a goofy smile and something nice to say, Sunny is the chillest dude on the Defenders team. But his life hasn’t always been sun beamy-bright. You see, Sunny is a murderer. Or at least he thinks of himself that way. His mother died giving birth to him, and based on how Sunny’s dad treats him—ignoring him, making Sunny call him Darryl, never “Dad”—it’s no wonder Sunny thinks he’s to blame. It seems the only thing Sunny can do right in his dad’s eyes is win first place ribbons running the mile, just like his mom did. But Sunny doesn’t like running, never has. So he stops. Right in the middle of a race.

With his relationship with his dad now worse than ever, the last thing Sunny wants to do is leave the other newbies—his only friends—behind. But you can’t be on a track team and not run. So Coach asks Sunny what he wants to do. Sunny’s answer? Dance. Yes, dance. But you also can’t be on a track team and dance. Then, in a stroke of genius only Jason Reynolds can conceive, Sunny discovers a track event that encompasses the hard beats of hip-hop, the precision of ballet, and the showmanship of dance as a whole: the discus throw. But as he practices for this new event, can he let go of everything that’s been eating him up inside?

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Track and field; Fiction.
Fathers and sons; Fiction.
Family problems; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Adolescence
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2019008102
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Track
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs) 159 pages
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
In this series' third entry (Ghost; Patina), Sunny, the track team's best miler, decides he doesn't want to be a runner. Coach suggests he try the discus, a choice reflected in the novel's diary-entry structure that spins around incidents or memories, cumulatively revealing the tragic origins of Sunny's track career. The story's slow build lets Sunny's strengths and vulnerabilities gain him a place in our hearts. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #4)
As in Reynolds's two previous novels in the Track series (Ghost, rev. 11/16; Patina, rev. 11/17), sports aren't really the point here--certainly not for Sunny, the team's best miler, who decides, just as he's about to win a race, that he doesn't want to be a runner and, in fact, never did. Coach's subsequent suggestion that he take up the discus instead is cannily reflected in the novel's structure, a series of diary entries that each spin around another incident or memory, cumulatively revealing the tragic origins of Sunny's track career. The incantatory leanings of the prose sometimes tend toward repetitiveness, but the slow build of the story allows Sunny's strengths and vulnerabilities to gain him a place in our hearts. When he finally throws the discus in competition--on the last page, no less--we are completely with him. roger Sutton Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
 
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