Published by Atheneum
Summary: In the final book of the Track series, we hear from Lu, the team co-captain. Lu’s parents’ announcement that he will soon have a little sister is his catalyst for some serious soul-searching. Born with albinism, he’s sometimes been the victim of teasing about his white skin and the thick glasses he used to wear before he got contacts. But track has given him confidence, and he’s usually the first to cross the finish line. A new event, hurdles, is giving him some challenges, but he’s determined to overcome them. Lu learns some unpleasant truths about his father, a former drug dealer who now works for a rehab center, and his coach. The two men grew up together, almost like brothers, but a tragedy pulled them apart, and Lu is determined to bring about a reconciliation before his sister is born. Each chapter is entitled “A New Name for…” (“A New Name for Little Brother: Little Sister”), and the final chapter: “A New Name for the Defenders: Family” shows all the ways this amazing group of kids have grown and come together over the season (and the series). 224 pages; grades 5-8.
Pros: I don’t usually review sequels, let alone an entire series, but I have loved these books so much that I had to read them all. Lu was every bit as good as the rest; Ghost will always be my favorite, but this one is not far behind.
Cons: I will miss the Defenders.