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 teama 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 Reynolds electrifying middle grade series.Sunny is just thatsunny. Always ready with a goofy smile and something nice to say, Sunny is the chillest dude on the Defenders team. But Sunnys life hasnt 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 Sunnys dad treats himignoring him, making Sunny call him Darryl, never Dadits no wonder Sunny thinks hes to blame. It seems the only thing Sunny can do right in his dads eyes is win first place ribbons running the mile, just like his mom did. But Sunny doesnt 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 newbieshis only friendsbehind. But you cant be on a track team and not run. So Coach asks Sunny what he wants to do. Sunnys answer? Dance. Yes, dance. But you also cant 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, hell let go of everything thats been eating him up inside, perhaps just in time....
|Title||:||Sunny (Track #3)|
|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
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Sunny (Track #3) Reviews
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.
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
I don't think Jason Reynolds can write a bad book.
I loved this book so, so much.
The most satisfying ending of any Jason Reynolds book so far, and the first to make me cry. The Track series just keeps getting better and better.
Thanks to Edelweiss Plus for an advanced copy of this book!
Jason Reynolds is a master storyteller! Each book I read brings me to like him more. I adore this Track series. Sunny is told by diary entries so it's a bit different than the first two. I will never tire of reading Jason's books.
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.
Loved the creative use of language. Keep on dazzling, Reynolds.