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Author: Jason Reynolds Narrator: Guy Lockard Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Track Series Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781508246145
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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 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 Reynold’s electrifying middle grade series.

Sunny is just that—sunny. Always ready with a goofy smile and something nice to say, Sunny is the chillest dude on the Defenders team. But Sunny’s life hasn’t 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 Sunny’s dad treats him—ignoring him, making Sunny call him Darryl, never “Dad”—it’s no wonder Sunny thinks he’s to blame. It seems the only thing Sunny can do right in his dad’s eyes is win first place ribbons running the mile, just like his mom did. But Sunny doesn’t 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 newbies—his only friends—behind. But you can’t be on a track team and not run. So Coach asks Sunny what he wants to do. Sunny’s answer? Dance. Yes, dance. But you also can’t 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, he’ll let go of everything that’s been eating him up inside, perhaps just in time. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sunny has always seemed to have a bright disposition, that is, until the day he inexplicably gives up on winning a track race. The move isn’t inexplicable to listeners, for narrator Guy Lockard reveals Sunny’s true thoughts and feelings as written in his journal. Lockard’s voice clouds as Sunny recounts how he’s always thought of himself as a murderer because his mother died when she gave birth to him. He voices Sunny’s confusion, angst, and anger with his inscrutable father. Lockard also captures Sunny’s humor and joy when he dances and his adoration of language, especially, the sounds that flavor his witty writing. Lockard realizes Reynolds’ rhythms and wordplay, fully expressing their dramatic potential. Engaging interviews with Reynolds and Lockard follow the audiobook. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “The latest compulsively readable installment of Reynolds’ lauded Track series…Once again, Reynolds cements his reputation as a distinguished chronicler of the adolescent condition by presenting readers with a winsome-yet-complex character whose voice feels as fresh as it is distinctive…New characters, such as Sunny’s blue-haired teacher/dance instructor, Aurelia, are vibrant and three-dimensional…Another literary pacesetter that will leave Reynolds’ readers wanting more.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Reynolds again uses his entrancing grasp of voice to pull readers into the heartbreaking world of the Track series…This book functions equally well as a stand-alone—in this case, a boy with rhythm flowing deeply through his bones—while also continuing to deepen the world of this inner-city middle-school track team. This series continues to provide beautiful opportunities for discussion about viewpoint, privilege, loss, diversity of experience, and exactly how much we don’t know about those around us…Reynolds is on a roll almost unparalleled in YA, and this stand-out series will continue to be in demand.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Jason Reynolds is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books The Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys, cowritten with Brendan Kiely; As Brave As You, his middle-grade debut; and National Book Award finalist Ghost, the first in a four-book series about kids on an elite track team.

About the Narrator

Guy Lockhard is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.