Patina Audiobook, by Jason Reynolds Play Audiobook Sample

Patina Audiobook

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Read By: Heather Alicia Simms Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Track Series Release Date: August 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508236498

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Longest Chapter Length:

48:46 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

35 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

19:13 minutes

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Publisher Description

2018 Audie Award Finalist


A New York Times Notable Children’s Book

A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in this follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Ghost by New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. 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 if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom’s legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty’s also running forher mom, who can’t. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it’s building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won’t tolerate bad attitude. No day, no way. And now he wants Patty to run relay…where you have to depend on other people? How’s she going to do THAT?

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"This is a really sweet story. I did enjoy it. It was just a bit short."

— Kristie (4 out of 5 stars)


  • “Narrator Heather Alicia Simms animates the complex character of Patina…Simms captures Patty’s many moods—her sassiness within the security of her running team, her anxiety when she doesn’t perform perfectly, her disdain for the snooty girls at the rich-girl academy she attends, and her tenderness for her baby sister. Simms also skillfully renders the minor characters in the story and captures its rhythms and pacing. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    — AudioFile
  • “Excellent…Reynolds’s ability to weave story lines in Patina’s life across both particular and universal ground—race and class, acceptance and grief, loyalty and individuality—is seamless and moving…Readers will cheer her on, as much for her sass and wit as for her vulnerability and willingness to grapple with life.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Patty’s story is an invitation to grapple with the need to belong, socioeconomic status, and the dangers of jumping to conclusions…A winning story.”

    — School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Reynolds creates a fully dimensional, conflicted character whose hard-earned pragmatism helps her bring her relay team together, negotiate the social dynamics of the all-girl, mostly white private school she attends, and make the best of her unusual family lot. Another stellar lap—readers will be eager to see who’s next.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Notable Book for Children
  • A YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Middle-Grade Fiction Narration

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About Jason Reynolds

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 Carnegie Medal winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. He is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. You can find his ramblings at

About Heather Alicia Simms

Heather Alicia Simms is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, finalist for an Audie Award, and an actress. Her filmography includes Broken Flowers, Flutter Kick, Shock Act, Kingscounty, Head of State, Third Watch, and others. She also provided voice acting for the video game Red Dead Revolver.