by Jason Reynolds
Ayant réussi à échapper, avec sa mère, à son père qui leur tirait dessus, Castle, un adolescent, a pris en secret le surnom de Ghost, pour s'être vu tel un fantôme dans les yeux de l'épicier qui les a cachés cette nuit-là. Un jour, en rentrant du collège où ses camarades ont pris l'habitude de le maltraiter, il observe des coureurs s'exercer. L'entraîneur lui propose alors de les rejoindre.
Originally written in French
Number of Pages: 186
Recommended FSL Programs and Grades
Grade 9 (Extended, Immersion)
Grade 10 (Extended)
Grade 11 (Extended)
Grade 12 (Core)
Author: Born in Washington, DC, Black/African/Caribbean Heritage
Characters: Black/African/Caribbean Heritage
Setting: An American city
Notes from a teacher-reader
An enjoyable read with a cliffhanger.
Book one of four (only books 1 and 2 have been translated).
Titles are the same in English and French (making it tricky to find).
Plot - boy in Grade 7, 8 or 9. Grew up in a low-income neighbourhood, very ashamed of this. Walking around one day and seeing an elite track practise and realizes he’s faster than the fastest person on that team. (He beats the fastest person on the team in his basketball shoes, the coach sees him and offers him a spot on the team right away).
The first chapter we learn that the father was abusive - goes to jail (stays there throughout the novel). Explains that’s how he learned how to run: to escape his father when the father was shooting at him and his mom.
Negative stereotype reinforced: Black family in low-income housing with domestic abuse. However that’s not the entire theme in the story. It is in fact uplifting story.
Not much to discuss in terms of character analysis, no literary devices. However, great read for pleasure, that’s why recommended for Grade 9 Immersion class, maybe Grade 10 if you want to do character analysis.
Develops relationship with the coach who takes him under his wing.
Uplifting - as we learn the coach is from the same neighborhood as the main character but he made a life for himself.
Good to have in the library of the school.
Leisure read for Immersion students
Great for strong Core students
Some characters have challenges in life that some of our students may relate to
Thematic analysis or symbolism not possible
Emotional analysis of the character is possible
Content warnings: Domestic abuse and emotional trauma
Feel free to contact the teacher-reader, Amanda Cloutier, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this novel.