There’s nothing supernatural about Jason Reynolds’ Ghost (Knights Of), first in a four-book series already beloved in the US. Ghost’s real name is Castle, but he has changed it, desperate to be unseen and hard to catch. Since the night his father tried to kill him and his mother, Ghost has had “a lot of scream inside”, as well as an impressive turn of speed. Will joining an elite track team stop the scream from bursting out? Reynolds’ writing is simple, but its impact lasts.
If you’re having problems finding a novel that will engage your almost-teenage boy (or girl, but Ghost will, inevitably, particularly appeal to boys), look no farther... It’s all rather Chariots of Fire at times and there are no unexpected twists or turns — Ghost is a predictable tale of one boy’s struggle to succeed because of and despite his history... Yet Reynolds, writing with colloquial ease, tells Ghost’s story beautifully, revealing the secrets of the other children in the team and what makes Coach tick. Even the most reluctant reader should get to the finish line.