Published by Atheneum
Summary: Sunny’s the fastest miler on the Defenders track team, and easily takes first place at most of their meets. But he’s struggling with his reasons for running, and one day he comes to a halt before the finish line and refuses to finish his race. Turns out his mom was a runner; when she died giving birth, his dad decided it was up to Sunny to carry on her legacy. Writing in his diary, Sunny tries to figure out his dad, his homeschool tutor Aurelia, his Defenders teammates, and himself. What Sunny really loves is dancing. When he shows the coach some of his moves, Coach sees the beginnings of a champion discus thrower, and Sunny moves into a new role in the team. Book 4 in this series, Lu (the final installment) is due out in October. 176 pages; grades 5-8.
Pros: Another excellent entry into Jason Reynolds’ Track series that includes Ghost and Patina. You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate the humorous narration, interesting characters, and emotional impact of all three of these books. Can’t wait for the thrilling conclusion!
Cons: I don’t know if it was the diary format or the slightly shorter length, but I just wasn’t quite as invested in Sunny as I was in Patina and (still my favorite) Ghost.