All Iowa Reads Book Discussion - "Ghost" by Jason Reynolds

Location

Meeting Room A

Welcome to All Iowa Reads!

Established in 2003, the All Iowa Reads program is one of the first projects to be provided by the Iowa Center for the Book.

The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. We encourage Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year.

2018 Children's Selection

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter in his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down… Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until his meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?

Join us for a discussion of Jason Reynold's book Ghost and listen to panelists discuss childhood trauma and crisis prevention and intervention.