Sunny

Track, Book 3
Narrated by: Guy Lockard
Series: Track, Book 3
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (174 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2019 Audio Award for Best Middle Grade Audiobook! 

Selected as one of the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2019 Top 10 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults!

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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This book is gucci

I just said how good it is Merch link in bio There is no bio jk

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An sbsolutely beautiful story about family. Family that we are born into and family that is created by the support systems around us. A Must READ for adolescent .

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Amazing

It might of taken a while to read the whole thing but it worked out and they man reading it is such a good reader it’s like he is Sunny.

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amazing!

Lockard's narrating was incredible. Really brought us in to make us feel like the characters were people we really knew!

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Genuine and Memorable

I love the way Jason Reynolds builds complex and relatable characters and how unique each one is. Often series start to feel predictable after a couple of books, but this one strikes a good balance of tying into the other books in the series and introducing a completely new story about a new character. I loved seeing some of my black high school students in Sunny and understanding them a little better. This book felt very real to me.

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Guy Lockard is the truth!

This book is beautiful and Guy Lockard’s voice carries me back to the DMV. Excellent!

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Truly an Experience

Sunny is my favorite book in the TRACK series... so far. And that is largely because of the outstanding narration of Guy Lockard. In fact, Lockard's reading makes listening to Sunny truly an experience. I am an avid audio book listener but have rarely heard a character so embodied by a narrator and it truly brought the book to life. HUGE Jason Reynolds fan here and excited to listen to the next book in the series!

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Love the performance!!

Guy Lockard did a spectacular job at making the written words into beautiful sound to your ears. Not only that the theme and character build up was wonderful too!

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It was good I loved the way the author made this series from different characters perspectives.

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Reynolds and Lockard, a dynamic duo!

Guy Lockard is an amazing narrator, and really brought characters to life. Jason Reynolds, amazing!