Jessica, a 16-years-old star on the school’s track team, lives to run and is hoping for a track scholarship for college. But when the team bus is involved in an accident, Jessica’s leg is crushed along with her plans for the future. Jessica struggles to deal with being an amputee, missed schoolwork, self-worth, and her prosthetic leg. While there is a special type of prosthetic leg made for running, she knows her family cannot afford the enormous expense, so she gives up dreams of running again and throws herself into catching up on her schoolwork with the help of Rosa, a student with her own problems.
Ghost – Jason Reynolds – Realistic, Sports
Ghost Cranshaw has been running for most of his life, ever since his dad chased him and his mother around their apartment and down the street with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Now his father has been in jail for three years and 8th grader Ghost has many problems at school. With time on his hands, Ghost begins watching, and participating in, an elite middle school track team practice on his way home from school. When the strict coach notices how fast Ghost can run, he sets out to convince Ghost’s mother to let him practice with the team. The problem is, with dad in jail, Ghost’s mom can’t afford the expensive running shoes. Ghost comes up with his own plan for getting them, and you can guess his plan is not good. Fortunately for Ghost, Coach believes he could become the best sprinter in the city and does all he can to help Ghost turn his life around by becoming a member of the Defenders. First in a projected series highlighting four members of the track team.