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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 q 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 qualify them for the Junior Olympics. They all have a lot of 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 Sunny’s 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 hits of hip-hop, the precision of ballet, and the showmanship of dance as a whole: the discus throw. As Sunny practices the discus, learning when to let go at just the right time, he’ll let go of everything that’s been eating him up inside, perhaps just in time.


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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 q 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 qualify them for the Junior Olympics. They all have a lot of 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 Sunny’s 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 hits of hip-hop, the precision of ballet, and the showmanship of dance as a whole: the discus throw. As Sunny practices the discus, learning when to let go at just the right time, he’ll let go of everything that’s been eating him up inside, perhaps just in time.

30 review for Sunny

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jen Petro-Roy

    I don't think Jason Reynolds can write a bad book. I don't think Jason Reynolds can write a bad book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    This author has such a gift for creating characters with unique voices. He doesn't write stereotypes, he writes people. I don't generally read middle grade books, but I think this author is special. I wish that he had been around when I was a kid. The narrator of the audio book was also special. He got the beats and the rhythms of the language just right. This author has such a gift for creating characters with unique voices. He doesn't write stereotypes, he writes people. I don't generally read middle grade books, but I think this author is special. I wish that he had been around when I was a kid. The narrator of the audio book was also special. He got the beats and the rhythms of the language just right.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    I love books by Jason Reynolds. I feel like he speaks to all those "weird" outcast kids who felt like they had to stay in their box. Reynolds shows them they don't have to. Seriously everyone, if you haven't read a Jason Reynolds book, you need to get your life in order. I listened to the audio version of this book and highly recommend it as it is performed really well I love books by Jason Reynolds. I feel like he speaks to all those "weird" outcast kids who felt like they had to stay in their box. Reynolds shows them they don't have to. Seriously everyone, if you haven't read a Jason Reynolds book, you need to get your life in order. I listened to the audio version of this book and highly recommend it as it is performed really well

  4. 5 out of 5

    steph

    I listened to the audio book narrated by Guy Lockard* This book was FANTASTIC. It is the 3rd book in the Track series and it follows 12-year-old Sunny Lancaster, the #1 middle distance runner of the Defenders. Sunny does one thing on the team, he runs and he wins, he runs and he wins, he runs and he wins, he runs and he wins. But Sunny doesn’t particularly like running, instead, he wants to do something different. I will admit that I have read the other two books in this series and have really en I listened to the audio book narrated by Guy Lockard* This book was FANTASTIC. It is the 3rd book in the Track series and it follows 12-year-old Sunny Lancaster, the #1 middle distance runner of the Defenders. Sunny does one thing on the team, he runs and he wins, he runs and he wins, he runs and he wins, he runs and he wins. But Sunny doesn’t particularly like running, instead, he wants to do something different. I will admit that I have read the other two books in this series and have really enjoyed them so that might have (slightly) influenced my enjoyment of this book but not really. Jason Reynolds has a way of writing kids as well, like kids and I can totally see why he has won multiple awards for his books. The four kids in this series are impulsive, loud, funny, quick to react, loyal etc. But Sunny…well I've loved him since book #1 and I’m not sure if it’s because I listened to this rather than read it like I did with the previous two but I absolutely, positively fell in love with Sunny even more in this book. Sunny is a fantastic character and a joy to encounter in children's literature. He’s eccentric, his thoughts are all over the place, and he is so full of energy that sometimes it just gets away from him. Sunny is home schooled and his entire world is his father (to whom he doesn’t exactly have a warm and loving relationship with), his family friend/teacher Aurelia and his running team, the Defenders. That’s it. And you know what, getting a glimpse into Sunny’s entire world (as small and compact as it was) was delightful. Sunny reminded me of so many kids I know today as well as kids I grew up with - there were quite a few times I laughed aloud while listening to this. The book is similar in style to the others in the series that all the events take place within a week but unlike the others it is in diary format in which Sunny writes about his fears, worries, thoughts etc. I usually am not a fan of diary formatted books but it works here. If you want to read about middle schoolers acting and thinking and behaving like middle schoolers, then read this. You won’t regret this. *A note about the narration. Guy Lockard did a WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC, SUPERB job narrating the book. His tone, his melody, his inflection, his pauses, the way he lets his voice go up and down in pitch as necessary. He really brought Sunny to life and I think a good reason why I enjoyed this book so much was due to his narration. There was a bonus track after the book ended in which both Jason and Guy spoke about this narration. I learned that the two men grew up together in the same neighborhood, had the same friends, they even lived in New York at the same time in their early twenties to pursue their passions of writing (Jason) and acting (Guy). Jason said that when he needed someone to narrate this book (and book #1 Ghost for which Guy won an Honor Odyssey Award for best audiobook), Guy was his first choice. Jason said that he writes the way he speaks and he needed someone who grew up in the same neighborhood and used the same speech pattern as him to really GET Sunny’s voice. And Guy completely filled and surpassed that expectation. I might listen to book #1 now even though I’ve already read it, just because I enjoyed Guy’s work in this one so much.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Krista Regester

    I don’t know what we did to deserve Jason Reynolds but I’m so thankful we have him. He gives a voice to so many that don’t have one. Sunny made me laugh while crying so many times. His thought process is sporadic and untamed in a way that only some can relate to. Guy Lockard was the perfect choice for the audio book. This was just brilliant.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura (bbliophile)

    I loved this book so, so much.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This is written in Dear Diary format. Sigh. I can't stand Dear Diary format; I find it overly self-aware to the point where it veers into uncomfortably self-conscious. Case in point:Dear Diary, The only thing weirder than me is my teacher creature. Aurelia. I know I said she might feel like she has to introduce herself to you again, even though she's been around as long as you have, but I just realized that it's been years, so maybe you don't remember her. Maybe it's you who needs the again-intro This is written in Dear Diary format. Sigh. I can't stand Dear Diary format; I find it overly self-aware to the point where it veers into uncomfortably self-conscious. Case in point:Dear Diary, The only thing weirder than me is my teacher creature. Aurelia. I know I said she might feel like she has to introduce herself to you again, even though she's been around as long as you have, but I just realized that it's been years, so maybe you don't remember her. Maybe it's you who needs the again-introduction.Sighhhhhh. I suppose I could enumerate all the many ways in which I find that type of narration incredibly frustrating. Or maybe I'm old and out of touch. But goodness: unless you're the Dowager Duchess, and your diary entries come after a series of hilarious letters (so the actual details are already set) and their purpose is to provide shading and context instead of all the narration - maybe skip the format? It's nails-on-a-chalkboard grating. We all know you're talking to us, not the diary. No one writes in a diary like this. Anyway, the actual story is fine, even though it's simple and straightforward and short (maybe too short), and I like Sunny's voice when he's not pretending the reader doesn't exist. And there is one fabulous paragraph:I asked him if he was okay, and he just nodded. Then he bent over, his puzzled face kissing my mother's puzzled cheek, then swiped the puzzle box off the table. All the peace, but none of the pieces.If only the entire book was this inventive, this delightfully experimental, this playful with words - this focused on voice and writing instead of an imaginary, artificial audience.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    In the third book of the "Track" tetralogy, the book focuses on the unique character Sunny. Sunny's mom died when she gave birth to him and he always feels like he is a "murderer" for his mother's death. He lives with his father who does not want him to call him dad because he feels like it brings too much pain without a mom. His mother always wanted to run the mile as a track runner so his dad feels like it is Sunny's responsibility to run for his mom. Sunny is exceptionally good at running the In the third book of the "Track" tetralogy, the book focuses on the unique character Sunny. Sunny's mom died when she gave birth to him and he always feels like he is a "murderer" for his mother's death. He lives with his father who does not want him to call him dad because he feels like it brings too much pain without a mom. His mother always wanted to run the mile as a track runner so his dad feels like it is Sunny's responsibility to run for his mom. Sunny is exceptionally good at running the mile but he feels like he has lost interest in getting all those 1st place medals. Instead, he wants to dance, a place where he can be free and he can do whatever he want, without interference from other people. When his running coach hears that he is quitting, the coach persuades him to try throwing the discus. He reasons that to throw the discus, you have to twirl and you can throw as far as you can, without anyone stopping you. Sunny gets better and better and throwing the discus, so, Sunny tries it for the track and field meet. The last words we read from this book are, I am not a murderer, I am not a hurricane, Nothing is wrong with me. I'm going to scream it out and away... And, SPUN! Turned. And turned. And let go. These last words are very powerful and also create a cliffhanger to whether he makes a good throw but I infer that he throws a very good throw because he lets out all the bad and good thoughts and emotions inside of him. Even though this was a short book, it is a very heartwarming and touching book. Jason Reynolds, a New York Times bestseller author, also has written All-American Boys and Long Way Down, bost equally amazing as the 'Track" series. I also plan on reading the last book in the tetralogy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    Another hit in the track series. I love this series and the audiobooks are just great. Sunny's kind of a weirdo. He's the master of the mile on his track team and always wins his races, but he doesn't really enjoy it. He runs for his mom who died when he was born. She ran and his dad has always told Sunny that the way to honor her would be to run. But Sunny's done with running. He wants to dance instead. And he's afraid that he won't be allowed to stay on the track team with his friends if he's Another hit in the track series. I love this series and the audiobooks are just great. Sunny's kind of a weirdo. He's the master of the mile on his track team and always wins his races, but he doesn't really enjoy it. He runs for his mom who died when he was born. She ran and his dad has always told Sunny that the way to honor her would be to run. But Sunny's done with running. He wants to dance instead. And he's afraid that he won't be allowed to stay on the track team with his friends if he's not running. So Coach comes up with a compromise: discus. Throwing the discus will allow Sunny to use some of those movements he loves from dance while still competing at track meets. But Sunny's never had to worry about being good at track - he always came in first at the mile. What if he's no good at this? Jason Reynolds is a master of voice and he paints a portrait here of one of those kids who's just a little Too Much. Creative and wacky and unafraid to let his true self show, Sunny is definitely a weirdo. But as Reynolds says in the note at the end of this audiobook, we need to make space for the weirdos, too. I know kids like Sunny. It's great to see him in a book, embracing his weirdness. And Guy Lockhart's narration! It's truly the perfect fit for this series. His narration of Ghost earned that audiobook an Odyssey Honor and I wouldn't be surprised if SUNNY follows suit. I didn't know that Reynolds and Lockhart are friends who have known each other since they were teenagers. In author and narrator notes at the end of this audiobook they both explain how they know each other and why Lockhart is a perfect fit for Reynolds's work: he knows him, he knows his particular voice, he knows these characters. It all adds up to a superb listening experience. Highly recommended: if you have not already checked out the Track series, DO IT! I recommend the audiobooks. And while Ghost is the first book in the series, each book stands alone pretty nicely so don't be afraid to dive in wherever.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suad Shamma

    I'm so confused. I don't know what went wrong here. I'm actually a little annoyed with this book. I feel like the quality has decreased from one book to the next. Ghost was such a great book, but I can't say the same about the rest of the series. This one was the worst so far. It's such a shame because I was really looking forward to Sunny's story. He was always one of my favorite characters, and I had such high hopes. It was written in "Dear Diary" style, and unfortunately, I found Sunny's narr I'm so confused. I don't know what went wrong here. I'm actually a little annoyed with this book. I feel like the quality has decreased from one book to the next. Ghost was such a great book, but I can't say the same about the rest of the series. This one was the worst so far. It's such a shame because I was really looking forward to Sunny's story. He was always one of my favorite characters, and I had such high hopes. It was written in "Dear Diary" style, and unfortunately, I found Sunny's narrative voice to be very annoying. And all those sounds "boom, tish, rrrah, bla", I just couldn't take it. The story would have been so much more touching and emotionally charged had it been written in verse form or regular narrative, but all these diary entries were...kind of lame. There were a few gems in there, and that doesn't surprise me because I know what Jason Reynolds is capable of. I give it a 2 stars, because I'm biased and I love Reynolds. But in truth, I'm not sure it deserves more than a star.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Qiu

    This book is the most thought provoking book in the Track series for me. I'm not sure if it's my favorite, but it's the one that's made me think the most. I have read the two previous ones in the series, and what I liked about those two is that we really got to experience the running part of their lives, we got to meet a lot of interesting characters and feel like we were talking with and running with being with the Defenders, and this book doesn't really allow you to experience that. This is th This book is the most thought provoking book in the Track series for me. I'm not sure if it's my favorite, but it's the one that's made me think the most. I have read the two previous ones in the series, and what I liked about those two is that we really got to experience the running part of their lives, we got to meet a lot of interesting characters and feel like we were talking with and running with being with the Defenders, and this book doesn't really allow you to experience that. This is the part where I start criticizing the book, yay. No offense to Sunny, but his life outside of the Defenders is kinda boring. He is in my opinion the blandest person in the Newbies (Sunny, Lu, Ghost and Patty), and although the dance offers a little interesting content, his life feels more like a memoir than a realistic fiction book meant to entertain. I mean it's a memoir in the way it's really boring. Aurelia and Darryl both have a undeveloped feel to the character that makes spending 60% of the book with feel strange. He is homeschooled, which isn't a bad thing, but at least in Patty we got to hear about her school and her social life, while Sunny gives a "old soul' type rundown of each day that is monotonous after a while. Maybe that's the type of person Sunny is, but to a certain extent a book is to entertain the reader and a boring character makes you want to read the book less. Ghost was full of him and the team, and although he and Sunny both have interesting and moving back stories/experiences, Ghosts feels more appealingly described and it seems more open. If the Defenders were featured more, and Aurelia and Darryl felt more developed emotionally and characteristically, I would like this book more. I finished over 70% of this book reading in a humid swimming pool, pedaling on a cardio machine, so maybe the condition I was reading them in. To me the book felt like a repeat of the same dialogue and words and a couple dancing noise added in. I really loved the times when Sunny went to the hospital and helped the patients, it was really moving. I really love eccentric stuff, and the editing and crossing out added to the text really got me. I like how even though he may be boring, his characteristics and traits are so clear and cut-out and he feels like a real life person. The random edits and self-conscious rant-speaking-happy talking is really helping me envision the character. I do like the style overall with the diary entries and the author giving his entries a voice that sounded like the awkward, shy but still bursting with things to share. I was slightly confused by the cover page because in Ghost, Sunny was described as a really lanky and clumsy kid. In the cover he looked the same as the rest of the Newbies, did they all suddenly strike puberty and have super big growth spurts or something? The track series has always felt like a smaller book/series in the way it doesn't feel super publicized or commercially made like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, it felt like the author had written the book just for you and not to make you laugh, even though it does. The fact that at the end of the book they added Aurelia teasing Sunny about him liking Patty and him realizing it makes it feel like High School Musical with a non superpowery Heroes of Olympus, and I kind of had a bad feeling about Lu (the next book in the series) where everyone would be all mushy and romantic and it would be super predictable like the other teen series. There are definitely great things about this book, and I will definitely read the sequel. The missing star is for the undeveloped characters of Darryl (I guess I can understand that because he's confusing and keeps things to himself) and Aurelia, and how repetitive and slightly boring the book and Sunny was. I would recommend this to someone who's interested more in the story and message of the book, but I read books for fun.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Edelweiss provided me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sunny's story is very different than that of Ghost or Patina. First, his story is a series of diary entries--a diary he keeps to help control all the thoughts and ideas swirling around in his head. And Sunny's brain doesn't process things like other kids (although...now that I'm typing that...his brain probably processes things like A LOT of other kids)--he jumps from thought to thought, from subject to subject, rhyming Edelweiss provided me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sunny's story is very different than that of Ghost or Patina. First, his story is a series of diary entries--a diary he keeps to help control all the thoughts and ideas swirling around in his head. And Sunny's brain doesn't process things like other kids (although...now that I'm typing that...his brain probably processes things like A LOT of other kids)--he jumps from thought to thought, from subject to subject, rhyming and playing with words and making noises. And I'll admit--it took some getting used to. However...once my reader brain adjusted to Sunny's writer brain, it almost felt like the most personal of the three books so far. Maybe because Sunny's story is so sad, or maybe because we get the extreme Sunny version. Honest and unfiltered.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Agnė

    Sunny, the third installment in the middle grade Track series, has a sweet story and a unique narrative voice full of sound effects, which is fittingly conveyed by Guy Lockard's audiobook narration. However, just like reading the second book in the series, Patina , I was mostly bored. Sorry :( My favorite parts, once again, were track-related (practices and meets), but in Sunny they are few and far between. And the rest of the story, unfortunately, is rather slow and uneventful. Plus, I'm not Sunny, the third installment in the middle grade Track series, has a sweet story and a unique narrative voice full of sound effects, which is fittingly conveyed by Guy Lockard's audiobook narration. However, just like reading the second book in the series, Patina , I was mostly bored. Sorry :( My favorite parts, once again, were track-related (practices and meets), but in Sunny they are few and far between. And the rest of the story, unfortunately, is rather slow and uneventful. Plus, I'm not a fan of Sunny's voice (or maybe the diary format?), though it's probably a personal preference.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Candychaser21

    Book had nothing to do with what the summary in the front said. Author was trying too hard to sound "hip" and "cool". Instead, it just came across as random babbling. There was very little development on any subject, the book jumped all over the place. I also found the ending to be weak. The author was trying way too hard, it just didn't work. Book had nothing to do with what the summary in the front said. Author was trying too hard to sound "hip" and "cool". Instead, it just came across as random babbling. There was very little development on any subject, the book jumped all over the place. I also found the ending to be weak. The author was trying way too hard, it just didn't work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aliza Werner

    Gobbled SUNNY up from cover to cover this morning. Number 3 in the series makes these kids' lives more real every time. Run. Dance. Throw. Just move. Jason Reynolds, you can do no wrong! Wih-winner! Gobbled SUNNY up from cover to cover this morning. Number 3 in the series makes these kids' lives more real every time. Run. Dance. Throw. Just move. Jason Reynolds, you can do no wrong! Wih-winner!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Fast-paces both in its use of white space as Sunny writes in his diary and in how Reynolds keeps us moving through Sunny’s world where his birthday is coming up- which also means that it’s the day his mother died. Sunny has to finally soon share with his coach and his father that he doesn’t want to run anymore- it is what his father wants because that’s what his mother did. But he wants to dance and Coach, being his usual awesome mentor self, recommends that Sunny throw discus. It’s a quick read Fast-paces both in its use of white space as Sunny writes in his diary and in how Reynolds keeps us moving through Sunny’s world where his birthday is coming up- which also means that it’s the day his mother died. Sunny has to finally soon share with his coach and his father that he doesn’t want to run anymore- it is what his father wants because that’s what his mother did. But he wants to dance and Coach, being his usual awesome mentor self, recommends that Sunny throw discus. It’s a quick read in the world of the others in the track series with some dance, some confessions, family drama, and a way to be able to stand up for yourself. A cool comparative story to the graphic novel Spinning. Plus Reynolds note about him dancing because he knows you’re reading? Yes, give him all the awards to bring the sexy back to reading (not that it ever left)- just sayin’.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stefani Sloma

    Oh man. Sunny. I've been waiting for your book. Written entirely in diary entries, SUNNY is beautiful, sensitive, and an absolute masterpiece like all of Jason's books. I thought the way that Jason represents Sunny's love of music and dancing, the way that he sees the world, was really cool. I think this is my favorite of the series. Oh man. Sunny. I've been waiting for your book. Written entirely in diary entries, SUNNY is beautiful, sensitive, and an absolute masterpiece like all of Jason's books. I thought the way that Jason represents Sunny's love of music and dancing, the way that he sees the world, was really cool. I think this is my favorite of the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    Very weak effort. Disliked the format of "Dear Diary" and Sunny's voice, which sounded fake/contrived. The book jumped all over the place, and because Sunny was homeschooled, there was little else to do but agonize over Sunny's problems at home. The only highlight was Sunny finally doing something just for herself. This series has really gone downhill. Very weak effort. Disliked the format of "Dear Diary" and Sunny's voice, which sounded fake/contrived. The book jumped all over the place, and because Sunny was homeschooled, there was little else to do but agonize over Sunny's problems at home. The only highlight was Sunny finally doing something just for herself. This series has really gone downhill.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Krajewski

    Sunny Lancaster is one of the fastest members of the Defenders track team. His race is the mile, and he always comes in 1st place. There’s one problem though. Sunny hates to run! He only does it because his father, Darryl, has always encouraged him to run to “make his mother proud.” Sunny feels guilty, for his mother passed away the day he was born. He feels responsible, even calling himself a murderer. Sunny lives his life for his mother, but soon he starts realizing that needs to start living Sunny Lancaster is one of the fastest members of the Defenders track team. His race is the mile, and he always comes in 1st place. There’s one problem though. Sunny hates to run! He only does it because his father, Darryl, has always encouraged him to run to “make his mother proud.” Sunny feels guilty, for his mother passed away the day he was born. He feels responsible, even calling himself a murderer. Sunny lives his life for his mother, but soon he starts realizing that needs to start living for himself and do what he loves: dancing. I originally planned to read this book, but then both copies were checked out by students. I didn’t want to wait for one to return, so I got the audiobook. I’m SO glad I did! Guy Lockard, who narrated Ghost and Rashad’s part in All American Boys, brought Sunny to life! I love Jason’s writing, but I know I wouldn’t have noticed all I did about Sunny without Guy becoming him. Time for another Odyssey award!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Mathey

    This one might be my favorite ~ maybe because it's Mother's Day and it struck that chord. Love the universal message that we all are trying to find our niche, our place, our people. This one might be my favorite ~ maybe because it's Mother's Day and it struck that chord. Love the universal message that we all are trying to find our niche, our place, our people.

  21. 5 out of 5

    l a u r a ♛

    4/5 :) longer review coming soon...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clara Biesel

    This series is just killing it. I love what a weirdo Sunny is, and I love the progress he makes in this book. There was also a really special little interview at the end of the audiobook with the author and the reader who are friends. The reader (Guy Lockard) also read the audiobook for Ghost (which got an American Library Association honor) about how important it was to Reynolds to have the dialect right, and how Lockard was the only one he trusted to do it. They also talked about how important This series is just killing it. I love what a weirdo Sunny is, and I love the progress he makes in this book. There was also a really special little interview at the end of the audiobook with the author and the reader who are friends. The reader (Guy Lockard) also read the audiobook for Ghost (which got an American Library Association honor) about how important it was to Reynolds to have the dialect right, and how Lockard was the only one he trusted to do it. They also talked about how important it is to show characters of color who are all very different from each other, and that Sunny was an important character not just because he's love-able and wonderful and his voice is beautiful to read, but because it's important for books to include black homeschooled weirdos.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeimy

    My favorite book in the series thus far. As a teacher, I see so many possibilities with this book. The most obvious one is to teach stream of consciousness, but I would love to share this book with students and teachers to foster empathy and understanding of people with ADD or ADHD—the book never says Sunny has attention deficit, but it is clear that he does.

  24. 5 out of 5

    McKinlay

    i listened to the audiobook and the guy who narrated it really brought Sunny to life. and Sunny was weird! but i loved him! i need to reread all these books back to back once the last one is out. but for now i'm going with 3.5 stars. i listened to the audiobook and the guy who narrated it really brought Sunny to life. and Sunny was weird! but i loved him! i need to reread all these books back to back once the last one is out. but for now i'm going with 3.5 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee Tominey

    Oh my goodness this was fantastic! Sunny is WEIRD (his words). And he has so much he carries around and stuffs down. The story is set up as diary entries and it works well. We learn so much about him as he starts to unleash the words and feelings, even switching events in track meets. Guy Lockard was an amazing narrator and really brought Sunny to life. So far I think this is my favorite in the Track series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book was so enjoyable to listen to. Guy Lockard’s reading of the sounds is total stortytime goals. The storyline, and lovable and relatable characters made this one that I would highly recommend to kids.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexa L

    Such an absolutely fantastic third book in one of my favorite series. I know I’m obsessed with Jason Reynolds, but Guy, the narrator absolutely killed it. This audiobook was life changingly great

  28. 4 out of 5

    Magen

    I LOVED this book and highly recommend everyone listen to it. It is dedicated to the weirdos and it absolutely made this weirdo feel less alone in the world. Sunny is unique and probably unlike any other character you have read, which makes his story so valuable. While I did not relate to the specifics of his story, I highly related to him as a person and that internal struggle of overcoming guilt and loss. Even if you don't relate to Sunny, I believe most readers will enjoy listening to unique I LOVED this book and highly recommend everyone listen to it. It is dedicated to the weirdos and it absolutely made this weirdo feel less alone in the world. Sunny is unique and probably unlike any other character you have read, which makes his story so valuable. While I did not relate to the specifics of his story, I highly related to him as a person and that internal struggle of overcoming guilt and loss. Even if you don't relate to Sunny, I believe most readers will enjoy listening to unique character figuring out his place in the world. I listened to the audiobook version and truly believe this is one of those books that needs to be heard and not read. At the end of the audiobook I listened to, there was a discussion by the author and narrator in which Jason Reynolds discusses how accurately his friend and the books narrator, Guy Lockard, captured Sunny's voice. Sunny is weird and I think his story makes more sense being heard than it would read in print. I highly, highly recommend the audiobook version of this book. What an incredibly powerful story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Dobrez

    I loved Ghost and liked Patina and I think I may love Sunny even more than Ghost! This kid won my heart on page nine with a beautiful passage about crying and breathing and not crying and not breathing as he relates that his mother died giving birth to him. I stopped breathing for a long beat myself. And by page 41 Sunny is so nervous to confront his coach who is mad at him that he "wanted to puke myself out of myself, like blooepp and just lay there on the ground, a slimy brown ooze." Oh, Sunny I loved Ghost and liked Patina and I think I may love Sunny even more than Ghost! This kid won my heart on page nine with a beautiful passage about crying and breathing and not crying and not breathing as he relates that his mother died giving birth to him. I stopped breathing for a long beat myself. And by page 41 Sunny is so nervous to confront his coach who is mad at him that he "wanted to puke myself out of myself, like blooepp and just lay there on the ground, a slimy brown ooze." Oh, Sunny. You will win my 6th graders' hearts, too. And then I laughed on page 55 when he declared his "TV dinner" tasted like a "commercial break." "And not a funny, one, but one of the ones about life insurance." Since this won't publish until April 10th, I guess it's too early for me to start wishing for Lu's story? ;)

  30. 5 out of 5

    DaNae

    Uniquely Jason Reynolds - boys with vulnerability who don't feel the need to run from it. The diary format more closely mirrors Reynolds' poetry books. But it also keeps the reader at more of a distance to the outside world than the first two books in the series. I wanted more Ghost and Patty. As he did with Sunny in PATINA, he did set the stage for the upcoming LU book. Just did a reread with the audio. Highly recommended. Uniquely Jason Reynolds - boys with vulnerability who don't feel the need to run from it. The diary format more closely mirrors Reynolds' poetry books. But it also keeps the reader at more of a distance to the outside world than the first two books in the series. I wanted more Ghost and Patty. As he did with Sunny in PATINA, he did set the stage for the upcoming LU book. Just did a reread with the audio. Highly recommended.

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