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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 Reynolds' 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 sunbeamy-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.

©2018 Jason Reynolds (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Sunny

A bit of a let down. My grandson and I looked forward to hearing it, but both of us were unimpressed . Too much weird noises coming from main character. Still, we are looking forward to Lu, the 4th installment.

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My Favorite of the Series

I’m a 7th grade teacher and this resonated with me because I know these kids...the Sunnys of the world. Plus, I have ADHD and all I could think about was how his brain and mine were wired similarly. Thank you for these words Mr. Reynolds, and thank you for the performance Mr. Lockard. Stellar!

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This book is gucci

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Another blue ribbon

Just do yourself a favor and listen to the whole series. Make sure to catch the interviews by the author and narrator at the end. I can’t say enough good things about this series. I plan to use the books with my students next year.

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Brilliant!

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.

I also appreciated the author’s contribution at the end of the book which gives us some background to the narrator, who has done a brilliant job with his books. This adds insights about the author’s life, inspiration, and the process of bringing these characters to life.

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Sunny by Jason Reynolds

Sunny the third installment of the track series is perhaps my favourite because of the phenomenal performance given by Guy Lockard. I have enjoyed learning about ALL of these characters and Reynolds once again has written another fantastic read to savour and enjoy.