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Sunny

Track, Book 3
Narrated by: Guy Lockard
Series: Track, Book 3
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 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
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Excellent Book! Excellent Narration!

I loved how this book helped me get into the mind of an adolescent. Sunny’s character moved me to tears, laugh, and empathize. I really admired Sunny’s authenticity. I love how this story dares both adults and youth to be different or a “weirdo” without equivocations! Great story...Keep them coming! Guy Lockard definitely was a perfect match as a narrator for this story.

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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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So good!

This is my favorite so far in the track series. The writing style of Jason Reynolds is like a conversation with all the emotions and feels. Sunny is funny and relatable. I can't wait to read this with my students! Also, Guy Lockard is phenomenal!

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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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What an amazing performance.

loved this book on audio. I highly recommend listening to Sunny. The rhythms add an extra layer to the story

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Reader was interesting

Grandkids had read previous books. This one was not up to par. Did not really include the other characters, Just not that great

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Enjoyed getting to know Sunny!

This book had a different vibe than the previous two books in the track series (Ghost & Patina), yet it was equally enjoyable. The narration was much more showy and dramatic, which was a little startling at first, but as the story goes on, it makes you feel more as though you are really getting a glimpse into Sunny’s feelings and thought patterns. Looking forward to more from this author and narrator!

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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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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.