Other Books in Series
This is book number 4 in the Track series.
You and your middle schooler will absolutely fall in love with the four stars of Jason Reynold's middle school Track series--Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu.
Lu, the fourth and final book of the series, features Lightening Lu, an albino who faces multiple hurdles on and off the tracks. He leads his teammates in the series' unexpected climax to discover the ties that bind them and what winning truly means. These complex characters and their families will capture your heart and have you laughing aloud as they learn and teach tough life-lessons that will stay with you after reading. Jason Reynolds wins the gold with this powerful series. Read all four!— Rhonda
This is an excellent end to an excellent quarter about teams, families, runners and life. Here, Lu, an albino African American, looks to conquer his (valid) fear about running hurdles, also learn about bullying and guilt. He also has the responsibility about naming a soon to be sibling and the responsibility that it entails. And, as usual, Reynolds does a true depiction of runners and their feels.— Audrey H.
Lu must learn to leave his ego on the sidelines if he wants to finally connect with others in the climax to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning Track series from Jason Reynolds.
Lu was born to be cocaptain of the Defenders. Well, actually, he was born albino, but that’s got nothing to do with being a track star. Lu has swagger, plus the talent to back it up, and with all that—not to mention the gold chains and diamond earrings—no one’s gonna outshine him.
Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu’s way—literally and not-so-literally—and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means.
Expect the unexpected in this final event in Jason Reynold’s award-winning and bestselling Track series.
About the Author
Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Look Both Ways, and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.
— School Library Journal, starred review
Reynolds wraps up his powerful series with a surprising ending, all while scattering rewarding details about Ghost, Patina, and Sunny to let the reader truly revel in this multidimensional world as it comes to a close.
— Booklist, starred review
The perfect anchor leg for a well-run literary relay.
— Kirkus Reviews