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"A newbie to the track team, Patina "Patty" Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons"--

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A newbie to the track team, Patina "Patty" Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons.

Simon and Schuster
A New York Times Notable Children’s Book

A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in this follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Ghost by New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. 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 qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom’s legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty’s also running for her mom, who can’t. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it’s building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won’t tolerate bad attitude. No day, no way. And now he wants Patty to run relay…where you have to depend on other people? How’s she going to do THAT?

Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481450188
Branch Call Number: J FICTION REYNO...J
Characteristics: 233 pages ; 22 cm
Notes: "Caitlyn Dlouhy Books."


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School Library Journal's Best of 2017; New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of 2017

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JCLChrisK Jun 07, 2018

Another strong entry in this excellent series from an excellent author.

May 29, 2018

Is author Jason Reynolds a middle school girl in disguise? Did he secretly attend an all-girls academy and record their conversations? The interactions between Patina, her classmates and the girls on her relay team will have readers asking the same questions. Like Ghost, the first book in the Track series, Patina is a fast-paced, well-developed story with emotional depth and unique and believable characters. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and run to the library for the next book in the series, Sunny.

DCLkids May 01, 2018

Patina is the second book in Jason Reynold's Track series featuring a group of fast and fiery kids who discover their individual strengths and the power of teamwork. Book two features Patty who is out to prove her ma is right when she says, "Patty ain't no junk."

ArapahoeErinR Apr 12, 2018

Patina (Patty) is trying to get used to a new school, which is much fancier than her old one, a new elite track team and the trials and tribulations of 7th grade. Her and her little sister now live with their Aunt and Uncle, because their Mom who has diabetes and has lost both legs can no longer take care of them and Dad died a few years ago. Throughout the book Patty learns to adjust to everything and learns quite a few valuable lessons along the way.


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