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(Track #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,426 ratings  ·  538 reviews
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
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
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Jen Petro-Roy
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc, ebook, middle-grade
I don't think Jason Reynolds can write a bad book.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, overdrive
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.
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
Krista Regester
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Laura (bbliophile)
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so, so much.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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
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 ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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 ( 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
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!
Bruna Miranda
Segundo livro da #BingoLitNegra terminado! Ouvi o audiobook no final tem uma mini entrevista com o Jason Reynolds e o narrador, Guy Lockard, que são MIGOS de infância <3 A narração é realmente incrível (ele ganhou um prêmio pela narração de Fantasma, o primeiro da série) e faz muita diferença na experiência de leitura do livro.
Sunny faz parte da equipe de corrida, só que ele não quer mais correr, mas quer continuar na equipe. A alternativa que o treinador acha é lançamento de disco. Tudo para
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
Oct 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
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.
Stefani Sloma
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
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.
Mrs. Krajewski
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kathy Mathey
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
McKinlay Dennis
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, diverse, poc-authors
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.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ashlee Tominey
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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.
Alexa L
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Cindy Dobrez
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
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.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Didn't sparkle for me as much as Ghost and Patina but there's a scene close to the end that got me right in the feels and reminded me how great Jason Reynolds is. I am not sure that the kids who liked Ghost and Patina will find Sunny quite as relatable but I hope they do.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Reynolds' track series has so much heart and "Sunny" is touching. I cried. Written in diary style the reader gets up close and personal with main character Sunny. We see his odd way with words, clever word play, jumpy trains of thought, and how he talks to himself. Having a direct look into Sunny's inner workings, stream of consciousness, takes a little getting used to but the pay off is wonderful. Sunny's mother died shortly after his birth, pieces of his father also died on that day, making th ...more
Kelly Hager
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is easily my favorite of Jason Reynolds' Track series so far. While all have been great, this one is actually extraordinary. 

Sunny's mom died almost immediately after giving birth to him, and so he's felt a lot of pressure his whole life. Because he's basically responsible for her death (in his mind), he runs. Doing a marathon was his mom's dream but because he's great at running, it becomes his thing, too. Except...he really likes dancing.

This is about balancing what your family wants and
Clare Lund
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay... I liked Ghost and loved Patina, but Sunny is my absolute favorite of the Track series so far! Jason Reynolds dedicated this one "To the weirdos," and aptly so. Sunny's story is told through diary entries, which I found sincere and very relatable. The scattered inner monologue voice takes a bit of getting used to, but it works very well and makes him all the more endearing. Sunny's raw feelings about the mother he never knew (she died from an amniotic embolism on the day he was born) and ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sunny is the third book in Jason Reynolds's Track series. The book follows the story of Sunny Lancaster, one of the four newbies on the track team, and picks up a couple weeks after the last book, Patina, left off.
Sunny is the star runner of the mile. He runs for his mom who died giving birth to him. He runs for Darryl, his dad to make him proud. But Sunny doesn't want to run anymore; he wants to dance. Sunny also doesn't want to let anyone down or quit the team who are the closest people he can
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the latest installment of Jason Reynolds's track series. His books explore many difficult issues effecting our kids. Sunny is a young man who excels at running long distances but, doesn't love it. It doesn't fit his personality but he's having a hard time telling his father that he'd like to try something different. He runs for his mother who died giving birth to him. He runs for his father whose intense grief separates them. He runs for his team who look for him to always win. Will Sunn ...more
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After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it all before he ...more

Other books in the series

Track (4 books)
  • Ghost (Track, #1)
  • Patina (Track, #2)
  • Lu (Track, #4)
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