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release date: Aug 29, 2017
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Ghost (Track)
A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel in a new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning 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.

Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?
release date: Aug 29, 2017
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Patina (Track)
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 for her 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?
release date: Aug 11, 2015
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Who Was Jesse Owens?
At the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, track and field star Jesse Owens ran himself straight into international glory by winning four gold medals. But the life of Jesse Owens is much more than a sports story. Born in rural Alabama under the oppressive Jim Crow laws, Owens's family suffered many hardships. As a boy he worked several jobs like delivering groceries and working in a shoe repair shop to make ends meet. But Owens defied the odds to become a sensational student athlete, eventually running track for Ohio State. He was chosen to compete in the Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany where Adolf Hitler was promoting the idea of “Aryan superiority.”  Owens’s winning streak at the games humiliated Hitler and crushed the myth of racial supremacy once and for all.
release date: Aug 22, 2017
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Sidetracked
If middle school were a race, Joseph Friedman wouldn’t even be in last place—he’d be on the sidelines. With an overactive mind and phobias of everything from hard-boiled eggs to gargoyles, he struggles to understand his classes, let alone his fellow classmates. So he spends most of his time avoiding school bully Charlie Kastner and hiding out in the Resource Room, a safe place for misfit kids like him.

But then, on the first day of seventh grade, two important things happen. First, his Resource Room teacher encourages (i.e., practically forces) him to join the school track team, and second, he meets Heather, a crazy-fast runner who isn’t going to be pushed around by Charlie Kastner or anybody else.
With a new friend and a new team, Joseph finds himself off the sidelines and in the race (quite literally) for the first time. Is he a good runner? Well, no, he’s terrible. But the funny thing about running is, once you're in the race, anything can happen.
release date: Jan 17, 2017
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Jesse Owens (You Should Meet)
Sprint around the track and get to know Jesse Owens in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should meet.”

Meet Jesse Owens, an African American runner who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin! What made his achievement even more memorable was that Adolph Hitler expected the Olympic Games to be a German showcase. In fact, he criticized the United States for even including black athletes on its Olympic roster. According to many reports, after Owens won his fourth gold medal, Hitler stormed out of the stadium. In 1936 Jesse Owens took a stand against racism and made history.

A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus a short article filled with interesting facts about the Olympics. With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so fascinating!
release date: Feb 01, 2000
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Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run. And she did run--all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad. This dramatic and inspiring true story is illustrated in bold watercolor and acrylic paintings by Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz.
release date: Apr 10, 2018
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Sunny (Track)
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.
release date: Aug 05, 2017
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Draw And Write Journal: Creative Writing Drawing Journal For Kids (Half Page Lined Paper With Drawing Space)(8.5 x 11 Notebook)(V5)

Awesome Draw And Write Journal For Creative Kids

Children who love to draw and write will enjoy exploring their imagination with this fun 8.5 x 11 journal.

The front of each page has a large box for drawing a picture with half the page being lines to start their story. The back of the page is full of lines to finish their epic adventure with. Or they can make their own chapter book and use the whole notebook for one big story.

With room for 60 pictures and stories, your budding story-teller will be kept busy for hours exploring the worlds they create! The quality paper is durable enough for all kinds of coloring and even erasing.

This story writing journal will become an awesome school memory keepsake book that you can cherish forever. Who knows maybe your little story teller will become famous and this book will be a collector’s item.

A creativity journal for kids allows you to foster their imagination while making it fun. Seeing the pride in a child’s eyes after achieving their goal of drawing and writing a little story they can call their own is priceless.

This Writing Drawing Journal makes the perfect:

  • Busy Book For Kids While Travelling
  • Writing Journals For Kids
  • Draw and Write Notebooks
  • Back To School Notebooks
  • Teacher School Supplies
  • Birthday and Christmas Gifts For Kids

Let’s get kids off the video games and back into draw and write notebooks.  Grab a copy for your kid or as give this as the perfect gift today!

release date: Aug 14, 2015
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Running Is Totally For Me
SUPPORT YOUR CHILD IN DISCOVERING WHAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE THROUGH FITNESS AND PLAY

"I love that this is an empowering book for children to learn that they are unique.They can find the physical activity they enjoy the most and it be completely for them. I also enjoy that the children are like our culture, a mixture of race! Bravo for creating a book that breaks down social barriers!" - Megan W,Elementary Librarian and Mother

A "KID TESTED" & "PARENT APPROVED"BOOK

Running Is Totally For Me uses sports to inspire children to find and own what makes them unique through fitness and play, specifically sports and outdoor activities. Brightly colored illustrations include children of mixed culture along with showcasing kids breaking gender roles and stereotypes.

A sports book precisely designed for elementary students,Running Is Totally For Me, features a determined girl, Madi, that tries several sports in search for what truly inspires her. She calls on her friends to help her through the process, but ultimately stands firm in choosing what brings her joy. 

At the back of the book you will find three activities that you can do with your child right away. The games each have easy to follow instructions, printables for hands on learning and tips to expand the lesson. The goal is to promote learning through fitness and play that goes beyond the book.

Renowned elementary teacher, Cassie Celestain (featured in National Education Association and Competitor Magazine), has pulled together Running Is Totally For Me as a must have resource for parent, teachers and caregivers. Encouraging, sweet and delightful, Cassie offers children subtle guidance on how to find what makes them unique.
release date: Feb 03, 2005
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The Great Divide: A Mathematical Marathon
"In this crafty story of a cross-country race, numerical division accounts for the narrowing of the field. . . . All lessons should be this gratifying." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

"Bang!" goes the gun. The race is on.

Eighty racers explode from the starting gate, determined to win The Great Divide. They surge ahead, rushing toward—OH NO!—the wide hungry mouth of a grand canyon that claims half the racers. And this is only the beginning. More dangers lie ahead, waiting to divide the group once, twice, three times, and more. Will there be anyone left to cross the finish line?
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