Patina (Track #2) (Hardcover)

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In the second book in the Track series, Patty lives with her younger sister and her aunt and uncle after her mom could no longer take care of her full time. She goes to a private school, but it’s hard to fit in, including on the track team, where she’s taking part in the 800-meter relay. There’s something graceful about Reynolds’s characters, and the kids in Patina (his first novel with a girl at the center of the story) are no exception. Patty’s relationship with her sister Maddy is particularly moving, and as always, there are some inspiring adult figures as well. The only thing that stopped me from being sad at the end of the book was knowing there were still stories about Sunny and Lu to come.

— Daniel Goldin


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?
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481450188
ISBN-10: 1481450182
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Track